Key Light On A Professional Filmmaker: Julie Bob Lombardi

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Name: Julie Bob Lombardi
Hometown: Winter Park, Florida
Profession: Producer, Editor
Work
Vlogumentary Post-Production 2016
Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie (Trailer) 2015
Made in Japan (Trailer) 2015
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (Trailer) 2008
Super Size Me (Trailer) 2004

The Interview

 

During her internship in 2015 with Morgan Spurlock’s company, Warrior Poets, Kira met Julie Bob Lombardi in New York. Julie, who is an editor at Warrior Poets, has worked with Morgan Spurlock for the past fourteen years. She added producing to her resume recently with the film Made in Japan.

Over the course of the interview, Kira and Julie covered a number of subjects including breaking into the film industry, learning how to edit, how Julie became a producer, and the gender issue within the film industry.

Kira: Julie, could you provide us with a little background information about who you are and how you first got into filmmaking?

Julie: Originally, I wanted to go into radio. I was an intern for a radio show in the mornings and I loved it. Because of that experience, I decided to go to college at Southern Connecticut State University [SCSU]. The school had a communications program that was focused on film and TV. Because the school was geared towards film and TV, I leaned more towards these areas in college. I minored in journalism and majored in communications.

I loved storytelling. I loved journalism. I always thought I was going to work for CNN or somewhere similar. But I also loved editing and I loved making TV shows. That was really fun, too…from a school wise perspective, but not from a professional perspective. The main thing I learned in school was that I wanted to move to New York City and get an internship.

K: Then how did you get into the business itself?

J: While I was at SCSU, I was interning on a movie, a little independent film, and I met this guy who was one of the actors. His name was Dave Pederson and he said, “Oh, my friend Morgan Spurlock and I have this company in New York City. We need an intern I you are interested for next summer.” I was like OMG yeah!

I traveled down to New York for the summer and it was incredibly fun because it was such a small company. There were six of them in one tiny room. Everybody was amazingly nice and they were very young. At the time, Morgan was doing a show online called “I Bet You Will” and his editor, Stela Georgieva, needed help editing. “Oh, I know Final Cut from school. I’ll help you,” I said. And from there, Stela taught me how to edit as a professional, not as a student. It was very easy for me. It was a pleasure to do. I never was annoyed or anything.

Now this is the abbreviated version regarding how I first got into filmmaking. Eventually, I graduated from school. Morgan had sold his show and he needed an assistant. He said he would give me work if I moved back to the city. I thought I was going to be editing. I was like, oh, cool. I’ll be editing your show on MTV. This is going to be awesome. And MTV said no, you’re not. Instead, I worked as an assistant for two seasons, which were maybe six months of work. At about that time, I realized how much editors made for a living. I was like, get out! I’m an editor. From then on, I just said I was an editor and it stuck.

K: Cool. There was one story you told me about sleeping outside of an office when you were working as an intern. What was that story?

J: When I was working for Morgan as the intern, I had moved to NYC. I was very young. I was partying all the time. I lived in the middle of nowhere because that’s what I could afford. It was like deep Brooklyn by Coney Island. Instead of going home after a night of partying, I would just go to the office and sleep in the hallway because obviously the office door was locked.

The next door office was a modeling agency. All these models would arrive in the morning and wake me up. “Excuse me, can I help you? Are you okay?” And I’d be like, “Oh yeah, I’m fine.”

Then I would just wait for Morgan to get to the office and he’d let me in. He’d always say, “What are you doing?” It was crazy. It was fun..

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K: When Dave told you about the possibility of working with Morgan, how old were you when you first got involved with the production company?

J: When Dave told me about the possible job, I guess I was maybe 23 or 24. I attended college later than most students. That was the summer of 2001 and I worked as Morgan’s intern. I then went back to school for the fall semester and graduated in January 2002.

The way that I reconnected with Morgan was strange.

There was this editing convention in New York and they were accepting volunteers. If I wanted to volunteer for this conference, I wouldn’t have to pay to get in, which was great because I didn’t have the money.

I could attend all these events for free but I would have to volunteer and help do whatever they needed. I was excited. I booked a hotel, which was expensive for a college kid. I traveled down to New York and I volunteered.

At that time, I had blonde hair with green dreadlocks. I showed up at the convention and this guy just hated me. I don’t know why. I don’t know what I did. But I felt that his energy was really nasty. Within three hours, he kicked me out of the conference because I had supposedly said something rude to somebody. No one could figure out what I allegedly had said. No one overheard anything. I just think he hated my hair.

I was so angry with this guy. I had a hotel in New York. I was like, what am I going to do now? I walked over to Morgan’s office and said to him, “Dude, I just got fired from this convention thing.” And Morgan said, “My God, we haven’t seen you in a really long time. I think I’m going to sell a show I have been developing. If I do, I’ll let you know.” Within a couple of months, he had sold the show. He called me and offered me the job and I moved to New York. It was such good luck that the jerk kicked me out of the conference because if he hadn’t done that –

K: You wouldn’t have seen Morgan.

J: Yeah, I wouldn’t have seen Morgan.

Also, I had a job lined up right after I graduated school at a production company located in Hartford. They were super nice guys. But before I started, September 11th occurred. Some big-wig lady from New York had quit her production company in New York. She wanted to get out of the city. Before I even started the job, they actually let me go because they ended up hiring her.

Because of these two instances of bad luck, I ended up in New York with Morgan’s company. These two instances of bad luck were actually the best things that could have happened. Bad luck is good luck sometimes.

Film Work

about Vlogumentary

I’m Vlogging Here is a 90 minute feature-length documentary starring ShayCarl and the ShayTards, a well known YouTube channel and other YouTube vloggers and professionals in the New Media industry. This documentary will delve into what vlogging is, the rise of YouTube creators, and how vlogging has forever changed the lives of the vloggers, the viewers, and the industry itself. We want to tell the story of how being a “YouTuber” has changed the lives of thousands through the eyes of one family that has realized a dream come true of a dream they never knew they even had.

After raising $200,000 via a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding, ShayCarl of the Shaytards YouTube channel, announced at VidCon that Morgan Spurlock (best known for Supersize Me and One Direction: This is Us) will direct the 90 minute documentary. The vlogumentary is set to release in 2016 and will be available for upload on YouTube for free.

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about Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie

This epic two-hour film explores the idea of independence and asks if we’re all still truly liberated in today’s America. Equal parts comedic and irreverent, the film stars freedom-loving comedian Billy Wayne Davis, who traverses the country on a quest to find Americans exercising their God-given freedoms, no matter the cost, because freedom isn’t free, even with a Groupon.

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about Made in Japan

Made in Japan is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first female Japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording seven albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. Forty years later, Tomi and her husband set out on a journey through Japan and across the United States to fulfil a dream of performing at The Opry one more time. Made in Japan is a funny yet poignant multi-cultural journey through music, marriage, and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman.

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about Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

When Morgan Spurlock and his wife find out they are expecting a child in an unsafe world that faces multiple terrorist and environmental threats, Morgan decides to track down the world’s most wanted and dangerous terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, undergoes self-defense training, takes all required medical shots, and sets out to travel to Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan amongst others to try and locate the man who has managed to elude the American army for nearly a decade.

His fears, generated due to biased media coverage that Muslims and Arabs are hostile, are laid to rest when he does encounter friendly, and quite refreshingly well educated, hospitable, politically matured men and women, who are well aware of America’s faulty ‘foreign policy’, and do not subscribe to Jihad nor to the Taliban nor Osama’s terror-tactics. But he does encounter some hostility, quite ironically, in two of America’s allies — Israel and Saudi Arabia — and it is on the soil of Pakistan — his country’s ally against the so-called War Against Terror — that he eventually hopes to find Osama. The questions still remain: will he able to find him where many others have purportedly failed? And most importantly will he be allowed to remain alive after finding him?

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Bio

Julie Bob Lombardi

Bob made her editorial debut with the Oscar nominated, 2004 documentary, Super Size Me directed by Morgan Spurlock. USA TODAY raved, “Riveting and darkly comic”. She went on to cut Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? and MTV’s critically acclaimed hit series 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and World of Jenks. Her other credits include David Blaine: Dive of Death, American Pickers, and Town of the Living Dead to name a few. Bob recently completed producing and editing Made in Japan.

Filmography

Editor

  • Vlogumentary post-production (2016)
  • Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie (2015)
  • Made in Japan (2015)
  • Town of the Living Dead (2014)
  • 16 and Pregnant (2011-2014)
  • Hey Girl (2013)
  • World of Jenks (2013)
  • American Pickers (2011-2012)
  • Styled by June (2012)
  • Teen Mom 2 (2011)
  • David Blaine: What Is Magic? (2010)
  • How’s Your News? (2009)
  • David Blaine: Dive of Death (2008)
  • Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)
  • Uncovered: Hidden Lives of Miss USA (2006)
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2006)
  • Gastineau Girls (2005)
  • Taking Care of Business (2004)
  • Midnight Spike’s House Brew (2004)
  • Super Size Me (2004)
  • Room Raiders (2003)
  • The Smoking Gun TV (2003)

Producer

  • Vlogumentary post-production (2016)
  • Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie (2015)
  • Made in Japan (2015)
  • Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)
  • Gastineau Girls (2005)

Kira Bursky

The Interviewer

Kira Bursky

Kira Bursky, the founder of Big Little Filmmaker, is a nineteen year old filmmaker who has been pursuing her dreams for the past six years. A graduate of the Interlochen Academy of the Arts where she was a student of the school’s filmmaking program, Kira was a 2014 National YoungArts Finalist as well as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semi-Finalist and received the top prize for Best Overall Film at the 2014 All American High School Film Festival for We’re Okay.



Additional material by Jay Bursky

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