RBIFF - The Detector
Rob Waters is 36. He was born in my hometown of Philadelphia, but he grew up a few miles south in Wilmington. He attended the University of Delaware or Udel where he majored in Fine Arts and Visual Communications. Waters is now a freelance, graphic artist contributing to newspapers and magazines. His wife, Erin Tanner, is an English professor at Udel and Delaware Tech. Both moved downstate to the beach town of Lewes in 2002.
Waters said he's a self-taught filmmaker who started about three years ago. He began by doing commercials. In fact, he entered the Dogfish Head Short Film Competition around three years ago. The competition called for various kinds of short films, including commercials. Waters employed his wife as well as friends like fellow filmmaker, Jeb Lee, to be actors and to help him write, but when it came to the behind-the-scenes stuff, Waters was basically a one-man-band.
He's entered into the Dogfish Head Short Film Competition, which is now a part of the Off Centered Film Festival, every year since. He's made his works for that competition available online via Vimeo. You can check them out here. It will give an idea of Waters' ability, an ability he really stretched two years ago when he shot the pilot episode to a potential TV series called The Last Resort. It's not to be confused with the new ABC series Last Resort. Waters' series was about a hotel closing as opposed to ABC's series being about the crew of a rogue, nuclear submarine.
However, he told me The Detector is the best thing he's done so far. He also said as he gets better, he'll start submitting his work to other places. His humility is appreciated, but his hesitation still is probably not required. Back in September, Waters won the Audience Award for his 5-minute movie at the Wilmington Extreme Filmmaking Contest. That short is also available here on Vimeo. It's interesting to see the rise or the evolution of a filmmaker, so any one reading this can check out Waters' work and decide if he's ready to spread his wings. I personally believe that he is ready.
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November 9, 2012 at 2:05PM.
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.