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Meet Steven Sarria of Inside the Backlot in Miami Lakes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Sarria.

Steven, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a kid, I always had a passion for storytelling. It was easy for me to get sucked into gripping stories, so I always thought it would be cool to create my own. I started creating comic books and novels as early as the third grade, and the passion stayed with me for years as I moved on to screenplays and reviews.

I always gravitated towards film, as I feel like it’s the most captivating form of media and entertainment. Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas appealed to me the most during my elementary years, as the child-like wonder of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” began to shape my creative brain. As I grew, so did my taste in films and what I got from them. I began to gravitate towards filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers as I began to look at film as more than just spectacle.

During my college years, I exposed myself to more films and sub-genres of film than I ever had before. I began to view film as an art form, and the work that went on behind the camera began became more magical to me than anything that is seen in a movie theater.

Now, film is my passion. I love watching, talking and writing about movies, which led me to pursue creating Inside the Backlot.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I can’t say the road has been entirely smooth. Officially starting in 2016, our early podcasts were…. rough to say the least. After scrapping the podcast side of the business to focus on writing, college life got a little too hectic for us to continue to write consistently, leading us to take a small break to re-collect ourselves and form a clearer message and mission for the company.

Two years later, we launched our brand new, re-designed website with a clear mission – to become more than just a film podcast. Now, with a smaller team. we remain committed to our goal, and while of course, we expect more bumps on the road, we’re more than capable now to overcome whatever is thrown at us.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Inside the Backlot is a film website specializing in podcasts, reviews and news. Created by film-lovers for film-lovers, the Backlot team is composed of people dedicated to talking and spreading their love of film with all who are willing to listen. Our unique podcast, hosted by myself and good friend John Kegley, is perhaps the most well-known part of the company, pulling in hundreds of listeners monthly as we discuss Hollywood’s biggest releases. However, as we continue to grow, so does the scope of our vision. 

Inside the Backlot is a community. With a Twitter account composed of thousands of followers, a Discord channel and growing Instagram, we want to create an environment where filmmakers can come together to talk about the craft and connect. In the future, we look to promote local Miami filmmakers and their films and give them a place to talk about their work passions. While many film websites just revolve around news and reviews – we look to be much more than that.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I have many, most of which revolve around my family and friends. Perhaps the movie-memory I’m most fond of is one of the many times I marathoned “The Lord of the Rings” (the extended editions, of course) with my dad, who introduced me to the films. I must’ve been no more than ten years old, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so glued to screen before or since in my life. To this day that trilogy remains some of my favorite movies of all time, partly due to the memories I have watching those with my dad.

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