In the real estate business, it’s “location, location, location.” In show business, it’s all about population.
That’s what Ellicott City natives Matt and Ryan Gielen found as they pursued their dreams in the entertainment industry — and that’s what made them successful once they moved to Hollywood.
In 2007, the duo had worked together making “The Graduates,” a coming-of-age film set in Ocean City. The effort won awards at independent film festivals but didn’t capture the interest of distributors. They were living in New York at the time and weren’t making the right connections.
“In New York, you...