My name is Bradley Bjornstad. I was born in Eugene, OR September 2, 1989. I have been in love with film and television since before I can even remember. I grew up idolizing Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney and films such as Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Aladdin, Toy Story, The Goonies and other classics. It was actually the movie Jaws that made me want to be a filmmaker, (I first saw it when I was 3-4 years old) and I wanted to make movies ever since. I even received a letter and signed picture from him at 10-Years old, which definitely cemented what I wanted to do with my life.
I am an Writer/Editor/Director. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a film degree in Cinema Studies. I started my own video production business in Eugene, Oregon in June 2014 - Thru the Reel Films. I have professional experience creating short films, documentaries and promotional videos across Oregon. I have produced promotional videos for jazz clubs and recruitment films for community colleges and rehabilitation centers. My most meaningful project has been producing a short-film to encourage people to support research in Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening disease which affects my fiancé.
Filmmaking and storytelling are my true passions in life. I have never wanted to do anything else. Steven Spielberg (both my childhood and present-day idol) once said, "I dream for a living," and “When I grow up, I still want to be a director.” Those quotes always resonated with me. And they proved true for me. The passion for filmmaking grows stronger and stronger, and taught me a very valuable lesson - never give up on your dreams, and don’t forget to dream even as you get older. Keep the same sense of wonder and enthusiasm of the world you had as a kid. You’ll be happier and I believe more successful in every aspect of life.
What’s Your NativeAdVantage:
What do you do best? I am a great listener and collaborator (which works great in my personal life and business life). Filmmaking is all about collaboration. I would say my biggest strength as a filmmaker would be in the editing department. I have a strong sense in recognizing the rhythm and beat of a scene. In college, I was always the go-to editor/director in class projects - some of those projects would lead me to paid work right out of school.
What makes you the best?
I hesitate to say I am the best in anything. I think it is important to feel that you can always be better. I know that I always strive to be better in everything that I do. If you ever get to the point where you feel you can’t do better, then you begin lose the passion and the fire that led you in getting to that point. Steven Spielberg is the best at many things in Hollywood, yet I bet he never entertains that notion himself. He keeps striving to be better and to do things that continue to make him a better filmmaker. That’s how I try to view my life and projects. One step at a time, and for the next project to be better than the last one.
How will you become the best?
Determination and hard work. Keep creating. Keep dreaming. Keep breathing. Keep moving - one step, one day at a time. You have to give everything you have to be special in anything you do. Some people have natural born talent, others have to work at it. But I guarantee that the person who continues to work harder will end up going further.
What are your aspirations?
Personal: I am recently engaged, so it’s important for me to be a good husband and partner to my fiancé. I want to be a good person in general. My family, faith and friendships are incredibly important to me. They help drive my professional hopes and aspirations and make me who I am. I hope to make the world a better place with everything that I do.
Business: I want to keep making films that are important to me and the people that watch them. I want to inspire people with creativity and good stories. I want to have the effect that Spielberg had on me as a kid (and still does), on someone else. I want to bring filmmaking back to what it used to be - about story. A lot of films have seemingly forgotten how to tell a story. Stories need a beginning, middle and an end. Most feel like they have their beginnings, but forget the middle and never seem to really end.
What fascinates you?
This going to sound extremely broad, but the Earth fascinates me. I mean what a fascinating world we live in. I tell you, watch Planet Earth and try to keep your eyes from nearly popping out of you skull. Earth is a mystery to me. It’s a beautiful place worthy of our care, exploration and adventure.
One day at a time.
My family and friends. My biggest professional influence is definitely Steven Spielberg. The person who has impressed me the most in the last few years is Chris Pratt. Spielberg is a filmmaking genius and the definition of a hard worker. I respect every level of filmmaking, but I have an amazing respect for actors. What Chris Pratt has achieved and continues to achieve in such a short time is astounding. That man can do anything, and he’s hilarious to boot!
I have never been to Norway, but have always dreamed of going there. I am part Norwegian, and I have always been fascinated with my ancestry and roots. Plus, it looks absolutely beautiful.
I would also have to include Disneyland and Universal Studios to that list. Always loved theme parks and cinema history. Can’t beat it.
Family, filmmaking and telling good stories. Movies to me are cathartic, and can truly help people in hard times, or just be a much needed break from reality. When I make or watch a film, I enter a whole new world. All my troubles and fears fade away and I get to immerse myself in a world of my own. I think its important to let yourself dream. Never stop that youthful enthusiasm. Dare to dream, because without dreams, what are we really striving for?