Five Questions With Filmmaker Ron Newcomb

War's-Betrayal-(C'est-la-Guerre)---webRon Newcomb has had an interesting road to get to him where he is today. He went from the Marine Corps, to being a Police Officer, to a start-up and then on to filmmaking. None of this would have been possible without the support of his wife, Candice and three girls, Celine, Cora and Eowyn. Ron has been a producer.writer/directer on short and full-length feature films alike. Ron’s first intro into film was acting through AMTC’s where he placed 3rd overall best Actor in 1997.

Ron has been a script and production consultant on several projects. He has been a training instructor in several areas of the filmmaking process. Ron maintains a highly active basis in the Washington DC Area filmmaking community. Ron is an alumnus of the distinguished Act One Writing Program in 2004.

Ron’s film, C’est la Guerre (War’s Betrayal), is playing at the 2015 GI Film Festival.

Where are you from and what is your film background?

I was born in Washington DC and raised in VA. I’m the son of a Police Officer & Proposal Assistant, so I had to find filmmaking all on my own. That came in the form of acting back in 1991 when I auditioned for a play at college and was hooked. I then when on to the silver screen and never looked back. In 1995 I moved to LA and tried my hand at acting. That was a humbling experience and I thought my film career was over until digital became a true option. When I was a police officer in 2000, a fellow officer invited me to be a part of his film production and I saw for the first time, that we could do film all on our own. I have since been working hard at developing my craft and loving overcoming challenges and small victories with life-long friends.

What was the hardest part about getting this film made?

Stylistically I would say it is director Zac Snyder. From my youth it is Spielberg & Lucas. For a fun ride it is Joss Whedon & J.J. Abrams. But from a point of inspiration it is definitely Peter Jackson. A guy that is literally out on an island, and told he could never do big “Hollywood” films. He has not only conquered Hollywood, but made New Zealand one of the most lucrative film locations/facilities in the world.

What was the hardest part about getting this film made?

The hardest part was getting the uniforms and proper location. Nothing says “low budget” than having bad wardrobe. Also haven been in the military, you want to “win in the details”, so uniforms were important to me; so many get this wrong.

What do you want viewers to take away with them after watching your film?

When I was young I glorified war – ready to charge into battle in uniform with a sabre in hand. I have since learned war is a betrayer. It betrays our youth and allows the violent to think they can “win”. There are no winners, but this does not change that evil must be confronted, rooted out, and resisted. You find men not fighting for the glory of war, but brotherhood. And brothers are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their own.

What is a fun fact about you that would surprise people?

A fun fact is that I told myself I would never get a tattoo unless it really meant something. So back in 2007 with my two best friends we headed off to New Zealand. We went to where the cast of the Lord of the Ring had gotten a “fellowship” tattoo – which was the number 9 in elvish. I had never planned on getting a tattoo, but I found myself in a tattoo chair getting the elvish number 3 on my right arm in New Zealand…it was epic.

C’est la Guerre (War’s Betrayal), directed by Ron Newcomb, is playing at Angelika on May 24. Click here for tickets.