Of everyone I know working on the local film scene, Mike Wendt is my favorite. He’s undoubtedly one of the most helpful and friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and his positive attitude is paying off!
Many of us know that if you want to work in film, it’s a long climb up the ladder, and Mike knows it better than anyone. Regardless, he’s pulled himself up by the proverbial bootstraps and keeps climbing (although he modestly admits he’s still got a long way to go).
Humble as he may be, his feats should not go unnoticed. Mike’s hard work has earned him quite the reputation as a well respected location scout on a few little films like “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” “Draft Day,” and Bruce Willis’s latest project, “Wake.”
When he’s not testing ice patches, driving 15 passenger vehicles or hiking through the woods (all part of the job, folks) he’s taking active roles as an Assistant Director, Producer, and is currently wrapping up a short film he directed called “Goodbye, Ohio”.
And if that still doesn’t impress you, I should also mention that right out of college Mike produced a great documentary called “The End of the World as We Knew it,” about the infamous 90s Alternative Rock station, “The End.”
All in all, Mike’s career may just be starting, but he’s built quite an impressive resume. Have a listen to our conversation, and I guarantee you will learn a thing or two…From him, of course. I just ask the stupid questions.
And if you do run into him, say at the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival (SPOILERS) be sure to say “hi” and “thanks.” He’s always willing to lend an ear…just don’t bother him if he’s running the projectors.
Thanks for everything, Mike! Looking forward to hanging out at the festival!
**DISCLAMER** It’s worth noting that this episode was recorded on a Friday evening. Some pizzas were had, booze were plenty, and some light-hearted buddy talk ensued from time to time. Tack on a little cursing and a very tricky podcast set-up in my living room (apologies in advance for any extra noise or slowly degrading quality) and you’ve got yourself a kickass time! In fact, crack open a beer while you listen. It may just get more entertaining! Especially when he gets to the part about an over-dressed Bruce Willis for what most of us Ohioans considered to be a somewhat mild winter (teaser 🙂