Reel Cool Films — Wes Pryor Bio

Director-Wes-Pryor-3 "I like to create an atmosphere on set that is fun for everyone involved, so I can get the best possible performances."

Wes Pryor is comfortable on both sides of the camera, having acted in movies, commercials and theater productions on Broadway in New York City. With a diverse background of skills, including professional drumming and tour management, Wes offers a unique environment for every Reel Cool Films project under his direction.

"I enjoy creative collaboration and turning a great idea into a reality."

Not many people have the abundant energy level that Wes brings to the table. By relating well to an actor and helping flesh out a character, he has the ability to create a comfort zone that lets the actor try his own approach. Wes is well prepared with all aspects of a project and he listens to an actor's input, leaving room for spontaneity, which is one of his favorite things to capture on film.

As a professional drummer since age 10, Wes loves to work on music videos. The downbeat of a cymbal crash, a guitar riff or low bass note placed with the right edit keeps the viewer's interest riveted and stirs emotions. Having entertained audiences for years, Wes has a knowledge of what goes into a live show and he brings that timing into the process of making films.

"Whether I'm working on narrative films, documentaries or music videos, I believe it helps to have experience in the world of live performance and relating to an audience. As I look through the camera, I'm looking for the feeling of connection to that audience. I can tell when it works and it has passion."

Wes has been influenced by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme to name a few. As the film industry evolves, Wes has evolved with it, being flexible enough to adapt to the unexpected. He hears the beat of a different drummer and is already known as an actor's director.

"I see the screen as a canvas and I use film to paint moving pictures. The actors provide depth and color. For me, it's a fulfilling way to tell a story and express myself as an artist."

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