Martin Vavra 7 October 2009
Where art and science meet in one person
Martin Vavra, owner of Galaxy Sailor Productions, has been working in the film business since 2004 with the realization for his love of making film.
Ever since he was a small boy, Martin has loved movies and films but never took it to be something that would be a passion to pursue as a career. After fourteen years of fighting fires and three years in science education, Galaxy Sailor Productions was born from a love of film making. Ever since, Martin has driven to make Galaxy Sailor Productions a premiere company whose focus is to make entertaining, enriching, and fulfilling filmo projects.
Since GSP was started, Martin has worked on numerous weddings as well as edited for The Sportsman Channel and WildTV, self produced a full length DVD performance of the Vagina Monologues, and create online video content for Lithia Motors, The Special Olympics, Milepost 5, Showcase PDX, and is currently finishing work on a documentary short for Basic Rights Oregon.
Martin’s first self produced, directed, and written narrative is currently filming and can be see online as zombie web series, The Last Stand.
What are you up to?
Frantically filming The Last Stand, making zombies, getting permits to have fake weapons in Portland, and working in some of the most awesome places with the best folks. I am very fortunate.
What are you into?
I am into film making, making things green and sustainable, and keeping on my vegetarian lifestyle. I am a recent convert and couldn’t be happier.
What do you like most about Portland?
I moved here to take the next step in my film career. I have been coming to Portland for a long time, and loved the people, the food, the culture, and the fact that I can do all the “city” and “nature” things I could want to do in one place.
Why Portland and not Hollywood?
Portland is a place of evolution right now. It’s not Hollywood, and won’t be, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t part of an art culture when it comes to film. Portland has more “real” to it, as far as heart goes. I think if someone remembers the roots of being here and goes on, they could bring something to Hollywood that it truly needs: originality.
You said you were recently a vegetarian convert, so how is that going?
It is going really great. It is something that I had to do from the heart and not the stomach. I was raised in Eastern Oregon, where we hunted and had cattle, so meat is just part of the culture. It is amazing how many things have either meat or corn in them today, and both are almost totally non-nutritious due to our standards in the world. Eat a vegetable just makes the soul feel better. The stomach follows much easier.