Five Questions With Filmmaker Scott Thomson


Scott Thomson has been on a stage since the age of 12, when he wrote and directed his first play. After studying theater at Colorado State, his professional life has consisted of theatrical roles and years of improv and sketch comedy performances with Impulse Theater and Rattlebrain Theater in Denver.

Thomson is also a professional fly fishing guide in Vail, CO and spends his summers creating memories for his clients. He has only recently embraced film as his medium of choice.

Thomson’s film, Breaking Through The Story of Larry Fivecoats, is playing at the 2015 GI Film Festival.

Where are you from and what is your film background?

I grew up in Denver and studied theater at Colorado State University. Most of my work has been in live theater as an actor and director. I have always aspired to write and direct films but I really just started getting into the film medium the past 4 or 5 years.

Who are your biggest influences in film and why?

African Queen(1951)

Cinema Paradisio (1988)

On the silly side I saw Airplane in a theater at age 10 while on a fishing trip in Grand Junction, CO and have never been quite the same since. It was the seed that lead me into Improvisational comedy for 10 years.

What was the hardest part about getting this film made?

Money was a big issue. I knew that this project would only work if we found talented people willing to donate their time to the project.   Here is the ad I placed on Craigslist looking for cast and crew.

Larry Fivecoats not only has an important story to tell us

about war and the lasting impacts it has had on his life. He also has a story to tell of personal growth fostered by something that is not in a book, or a clinic, or prescribed by a physician. It cannot be bought or sold, or properly described in 10 words or less.

Fly fishing is many things to many people. For most it’s a really fun activity to participate in a few times a year. For some, it is a career, an escape, and even a lifestyle.

But listen for a while to what it means to Larry Fivecoats and the thousands of other veterans whose lives have been transformed by Project Healing Waters; and you may begin to appreciate the greater purpose we are all called to in life.

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

I am a professional fly fishing guide for Minturn Anglers in Vail, CO I live to fly fish for anything that swims and believe that fly fishing and art go hand in hand.

Breaking Through The Story of Larry Fivecoats, directed by Scott Thomson, is playing at Angelika on May 23, 215. Click here for tickets.