As a kid, Dean Storm would create stop motion animation featuring G.I. Joe characters and make animated action flip movies on bus pass booklets.
"I wanted to be like Dawson on 'Dawson's Creek,'" he said. Storm, who lived in Canton for seven years prior to moving to Anneslie, was able to follow his dreams when he was able to afford video equipment and editing software. Since 2007, he has written and directed a dozen short films.
Now, the 39-year-old digital content manager of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development has imparted his love of filmmaking to others with 29 Days Later. In its fifth year, the project, co-founded by Dawn Campbell, has attracted 33 local teams to assemble a film in a month to play in front a packed house. The films will screen Aug. 15 and 16 at the Creative Alliance (7:30 p.m.; $7-$20; 29dayslater.com). Storm talked to us about crab cravings, his broomball prowess and more.
Worst pet peeve? Movie trailers and people that give away too many film plot points. I want to know nothing. NOTHING! And it drives my friends and family crazy.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Films produced and distributed by big studios. Hollywood better look out for the little guys.
Last movie you liked/disliked? Loved "World War Z." The first half hour was about as intense a movie as I've ever seen and it managed to breathe new life into the over-saturated zombie genre. It was like "28 Days Later" on crack.
TV shows you can't get enough of? Can't wait for the final season of "Breaking Bad" and the next installments of "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones." And, of course, Maryland-made productions "Veep" and "House of Cards."
Last great meal you had? All-you-can-eat crabs and corn at Crab Alley in Ocean City. Think I was born with a mallet in my hand. I lived in Chicago for three years and my biggest craving there was for Old Bay and steamed crabs.
Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Marquee Lounge at the Creative Alliance. Need to give them a shout out because they've been so helpful with the 29 Days Later screenings. And it's just great to have drinks with like-minded creative types. Little Havana is a close second.
Best advice you ever got? My German teacher at City College High School always used to say something like, "Life is always going to throw you challenges. No one, rich or poor, is immune. If you are able to handle those challenges in a positive way, you will lead a happy life." I always try to see the positive in everything, although it's easier said than done.
Favorite film genre? Sci-fi. Yep, I'm a "Star Wars" nerd.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? The sport and social club scene. I am proud to say my broomball team finally won a championship this past winter.
AS TOLD TO DUSTIN LEVY