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A look at life through new lens; Gardner man gets serious about film in New York.

Byline: Jay Gearan

GARDNER - Start spreading the news, he's leaving today. He wants to be a part of it, New York, N.Y.

From Gardner to Miami and now off to New York City, 22-year-old Brian Walsh, already an accomplished photographer, filmmaker and editor, wants to land a job in the Big Apple.

Mr. Walsh recently moved to Brooklyn in hopes that his education and experience in film will open some doors.

Acknowledging that the competition for jobs in the New York City film industry is fierce, Mr. Walsh is still confident he'll eventually find a position that will utilize his skills. Asked to name his dream job in the years ahead, he said that he would love to run a post-production editing facility.

A 2003 graduate of Gardner High, Mr. Walsh, the son of James and Kim Walsh of Gardner, has built an impressive resume.

Last May, Mr. Walsh, who majored in motion picture production, received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Miami.

On one of his final projects at the university, Mr. Walsh worked as an editor for the short film, "The Laughing God" by Miami filmmaker Mark Mocahbee. The film has attracted positive reviews from viewers attending film festivals in the Miami area.

Mr. Walsh's interest in filmmaking began in elementary and junior high school when he used his father's video camera to present school projects.

Chuckling while thinking back on those early years, Mr. Walsh said, "I can remember some very bizarre videos my friend Ben Egan and I put together." Mr. Walsh later collaborated on videos with another friend, Ross Boucher.

"I remember one video about the Boston Massacre in which I played all the parts," said Mr. Walsh, who added, "my friends and I sometimes get together, sit around and watch our old videos."

Mr. Walsh was influenced in his teenage years by the work of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock and also a host of modern music video directors and accomplished professionals such as "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation" director Spike Jonze, Great Britain's Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry, whose film credits include one of Mr. Walsh's favorites, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

At age 14, Mr. Walsh entertained his Gardner High freshman English classmates with an interesting, original film version of Joan Aiken's short story "Sonata for Harp and Bicycle."

During his senior year at Gardner High, Mr. Walsh wrote and directed a short film for his French class. The film, "Wasted" scripted entirely in French with an underworld theme and shot at various locations in the Gardner area, won first place in the New England High School Video Competition.

At Miami University a perfect match was made-motion picture studies and a young man eager to learn so much more.

Miami was a great place to go to college and also live," said Mr. Walsh who, while involved in a work-study project during his freshman year, got a chance to film and meet New York Giants football star Jeremy Shockey, who played college football for the Hurricanes. The star receiver was on campus for an alumni event.

Mr. Walsh found himself at the right place and time for last season's Super Bowl at Dolphin Stadium. "I worked as an assistant to an ESPN photographer," Mr. Walsh explained. "I was right on the field, taking photos in between the raindrops."

For three weeks during the summer of 2006, Mr. Walsh took film studies classes at UCLA. Also during that summer, Mr. Walsh returned to Gardner and created a promotional video for the city that was frequently shown on the local cable access channel.

While attending the Nantucket Film Festival earlier this summer, Mr. Walsh had an opportunity to meet actor and director Steve Buscemi, who starred in the HBO hit series, "The Sopranos."

Back home, in the weeks before his big city move, Mr. Walsh worked part time at a local manufacturing plant, melting away his little town blues, so to speak.

So, it's up to Mr. Walsh and to you, New York, New York. And as the famous song proclaims, "If he can make it there, he'll make it anywhere."


CUTLINE: Brian Walsh, photographer and filmmaker/editor.

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