This short film was made in an afternoon for a college application. Good artistic ideas come from life experiences. The inspiration for Cold Start came on the way home from school when the fuel relay malfunctioned on a '92 Honda Accord. Paxton was forced to drive home with one foot continuously on the accelerator. This film took first place at the 2010 Washington State Thespian Conference, and was entered at the National Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska in June 2010.
Cold Start with director's commentary explains the whys and wherefores: camera shots, lighting, sounds, props. Film is visual storytelling. Shooting the film involved several takes of each scene in order to have choices during the editing process. Of course, editing is where crucial artistic decisions are made. The main ingredient is to have passion, and your short film will be a success.