What do you get when you bring together a musical theater fan, longtime soccer player, fitness enthusiast, and extreme sports traveler in an apartment building outside of USC’s campus? A production company.
When the pandemic first struck, students had to adjust to a new way of learning. For classes rooted in lectures and exams, this transition seemed easier. Students in more artistic and creative fields, however, faced unprecedented challenges.
For Kaleb Manske, a second-year major in psychology and film and television production, he knew he wanted to move to Los Angeles in the spring of 2021. He was looking for artistic roommates, especially in music or film.
He happened to find two actors from Chicago – Jordan Rice and Alex Nimrod, both in their second year majoring in theater with a specialization in performance. Actors need opportunities to act, and filmmakers need opportunities to film. Lorenzo’s apartment no. 4085 was therefore like bringing honey to the bees.
One night they met Maximus Jenkins, a sophomore specializing in narrative studies and cognitive science, and after an informal chat while hanging out later, the three roommates said, “Do you want to make movies with us? ” to Jenkins; 4085 Productions had its training wheels.
Making movies during a global pandemic would seem like rocket science to many, but for these four, who still approach all of their work with an extreme passion for the craft and a willingness to do absolutely anything, the constraints of the viruses have become a gift.
“It was essentially [Kaleb’s] homework to make films for this class, ”said Alex Nimrod. “It was that sort of thing where Kaleb had a week or two to make a movie, but one of the settings was you can only work with whoever you live with and you can’t leave your space. of life.”
Clearly, the coronavirus has placed restrictions on students at SCA, but with his roommates Rice and Nimrod, Manske had his winning cast right on the living room couch.
“So people come to this film festival, play in these movies with their parents or in their house, because it’s COVID,” Nimrod said. “Yet we’re in an apartment in LA with two actors who are literally dying to act and work, and so it became something that we were throwing 20 hours a week because we don’t do anything, in these movies. trying to make them as good as possible. And then when we presented them to the class, I mean, they got good answers. “
From a few views to today in the hundreds, 4085 has been able to get the training wheels off the ground and move exponentially towards building the corporate foundation of their business. Whether it’s delegating more defined roles within the management team, hiring more students, film festivals and grant applications, 4085 Productions is ready to assert itself. like the next big thing in Hollywood.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve experienced a movie before,” Manske said. “If you’re just interested in being on set and watching what happens, if you want to be a writer and you’ve never written a screenplay before, that’s what we’re trying to do with this expansion.”
Their upcoming short, “Ouch,” which will be released October 8 on 4085’s YouTube channel, is a story that touches on concepts such as addiction, mental health, and other strongly stigmatized issues not only in the LA community. but also in communities all over the world.
All proceeds from fundraising related to this project will go to To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide hope and resources to those struggling with depression, addiction, l self-harm and suicide.
4085’s role doesn’t end there – despite little to no funding – for every view “Ouch” gets in the first 24 hours, 4085 will match that to $ 1 and donate it entirely to TWLOHA.
So what’s next for 4085 Productions? Manske, Nimrod, Rice and Jenkins have the next seasons booked and in pre-production. Ideally, they would like to bring 4085 to the bigger stage and mirror successful production companies such as A24 while developing their own niche or lack thereof.
“I think what’s really cool about being a new production company is that we’re not tied to any image… our first movie was an action movie, our second explored gender identity. , then our third was doing human relations, ”Rice said. “These things don’t have that underlying ‘We make this type of movie’ and that’s what we love – that we tell these meaningful stories in any way we do, but the thing that ties them together, it’s that these are meaningful stories that we think just need to be told.
The company aims to bring to light the stories of people who don’t feel able to work in the film industry, according to Manske. For these inexperienced people, 4085 Productions attempts to make a process as “huge” and “intimidating” as cinema inviting and meaningful.
Considering that this company is founded on friendship and an innate passion for filmmaking, it’s clear that 4085 Productions has over 4,085 days of diverse and creative storytelling in store for the future.
“This is a pivotal moment for 4085, and if this is the first time you’ve heard from us, it’s wonderful. We want you, ”Nimrod said.