As any normal kid, I started watching movies and TV pretty early in my life. I loved movies but never really got that into them. The moment that YouTube was created and began to become popular was when video creation caught my eye. I found an interest in making short comedic videos, but I never put any on YouTube. I would push this energy into school activities like video projects, but I hadn't yet developed the determination to make an independent project on my own terms.
The summer before sophomore year was when I tried to make my first independent short film. It was called Absent and had way too many characters, demands for special effects, and pages for my first film. I casted myself as the lead because of the lack of actors I had, and it would just be easier for me to learn all the lines since I wrote it. The other characters were casted with my friends that were willing to be in the film most of which had very little acting skill and/or experience. I shot about two scenes of the film, and then the project sort of just fell out.
After taking a whole year of TV Media 1 during my sophomore year of high school, I learned a lot about filmmaking. That summer, I entered the Philadelphia 48 Hour Film Festival in which I had to write, shoot, and edit an entire short film in just 48 hours. It was crazy and super stressful, but it actually forced me to make my first short film, Eve Leaton: Primetime Detective. Nothing about the film was perfect with my terrible camcorder and inept lighting, but we made a funny short film that everyone loved. We ended up winning Best Writing, Best Acting, and Runner Up For Best Film at the competition, which blew me away. Ever since that competition, I have competed in the 48 Hour Film Festival every year.
After Eve Leaton, I finally branded myself with the YouTube channel, Mosleyfilms, which was a clever combination of my last name and what I made. I began to put my TV Media work and my independent short films and music videos on to the channel and only peaked at about one hundred views per video. I didn't really mind that much because I was still up and coming. My videos really started to gain traction when, as the last project of my junior year, I made the unofficial music video for NJDFL movie trailer (consisting of 4 different movie genres), and the short film Past Tense (a dramatic film featuring a cast of 12 actors and unique sound design, special effects, cinematography, and editing), my videos started to get over a thousand views or over ten thousand for Past Tense.
I strive in trying to make my videos have very organic effects such as long takes and in camera tricks. For example, one music video I made,