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Storyteller Spotlight - Tyson Maughan

Tyson Maughan

We're pleased to feature Tyson Maughan for this week's Storyteller Spotlight. Tyson is a Salt Lake City-based DP, whose recent film, "After Selma," looks at the legacy of vote suppression in this country and the need to challenge it, in order to preserve our democracy.

How did you get into filmmaking?

At the time, I was a certified massage therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. To stay sane from the endless barrage of naked strangers, I took a still photography dark room class at a local Junior college. After my father saw some of my photographs, he suggested I go to art school. The rest is history.

What's your favorite Part of the Creative process?

My favorite part would have to be the joy it has been to use my talents to visually enhance a directors vision. Nothing beats a healthy and creative collaboration..

What advice would you give someone starting out?

My advise would be if you don’t have access to large budgets, professional actors, or all the time in the world...write 2 page scenes. One location, two actors and learn how to photograph and direct well produced scenes. If you can shoot a scene well, you can shoot a film well.

What's next? what are you excited about?

For the last 9 years I have transitioned into primarily feature length documentaries dealing with civil and human rights. My next film is about human trafficking of native peoples in Utah, USA