Westminster native Brian Levin makes his feature film debut as writer and producer of the comedy Flock of Dudes next spring, and his journey into the entertainment industry should give ambitious prospective filmmakers encouragement: Talent, hard work and stick-to-it-tive-ness really do pay off.
After graduating from Towson University and getting his master’s degree at American University in D.C., the 1998 McDonogh School grad headed to New York. It was there that his online comedy show “The Post Show,” which he co-created with friends Bob Castrone (who he met at Towson) and Jason Zumwait (who he met in NY at a comedy show), got him noticed. (Click here to view some of the episodes.)
“That got our foot in the door in the film and television industry,” Levin says. A move to Los Angeles followed and since then he and his partners have written and produced television pilots and sold screenplays. Flock of Dudes is the first screenplay they’ve had in production, which Castrone directs and Levin produces.
The Post Show‘s videos have aired on Funny Or Die, CNN.com and G4’s Attack of the Show. Their television pilot, Playing With Guns (starring Danny Masterson and Joey Kern) was greenlit by SpikeTV in the spring of 2010. In 2011 Comedy Central shot a second pilot for Playing With Guns starring Masterson, Ethan Suplee, Steve Little, Brian Posehn and Kelen Coleman. They are currently in development on a sketch comedy/multi-camera hybrid show for Disney XD.
His new movie, about a 30-something who decides to “break up” with his best buds in order to finally grow up stars Jeff Ross, Ray Liotta, Hillary Duff and more. It just wrapped production in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in the spring of 2014.
When did you define your most important goals, and what are they?
My most important goals came into focus towards the end of college. My most important goals, career-wise, are to make great films.
What is the best advice (or worst) you ever got that you followed?
The best advice I got is to persevere.
What advice would you give a young person who aspires to do what you are doing?
I would just say to work at it everyday.
What is on your bedside table?
A book about film producing.
How did you get your start in comedy?
I started doing summer film programs in high school and that’s where i shot my first comedies.
What was your big break?
I think the post-show being a success was the first.
When/where did you hone your comedic chops? (Were you the class clown at McDonogh?)
I joked around a lot with my family and cousins growing up.
Flock of Dudes is about a guy “breaking up” with his group of guy friends. Did anything similar ever happen to you? Did you dump or get dumped?
I never actually broke up with my friends but we had joked that we should do that. The movie came from that.
Which part of the creative process do you like best?
I like writing.
Crabs? Natty Boh? Burger Cookies? What is your must-have Baltimore delicacy?
What do miss most about Baltimore?