John P. M. Higgins

 

My love of filmmaking started back in the mid 80's, when my parents decided to head to Africa for a month-long safari.  My father handed me his brand new hi-8 camcorder and told me "John, I just want you to capture everything that you think is interesting."  Looking over the new device was every young boys dream come true...  There were buttons, and knobs, and things to make titles come alive... I was in heaven.  My only restriction was "Don't take it apart!"  Yes, I had a propensity to take things apart...  I was so taken with electronics that I even built my first circuit board from scratch when I was in the third grade (only half of it worked).   But I obeyed my father and never opened up the camera.  And so began my relationship with film.  

But it wouldn't be until many years later, in 1999, when I headed out west to make a name for myself, that I truly came into my own. If only it were so easy...  I had a habit at my school of biting off more than I could chew, and was notorious for doing overly ambitious projects, usually featuring some character in a trench coat wielding a samurai sword, kung-fu fighting his way to glory.  But such is the way of college, and many important lessons were learned.  

 I eventually teamed up with friend and business partner Justin Kreinbrink, and we created our first LLC, Higgins/Krienbrink Productions.  Our goal was to realize the dreams that we concluded no one would ever give to us.  So we set out on our own, and with a few thousand dollars in the bank we slowly built up enough credibility to fund our first feature film, a western called "The Decoy."  It took two years to produce and edit, and was perhaps too ambitious project for two young filmmakers fresh out of college.  But we persevered, filming all across Arizona, eventually using every classic western set in the state, including the same ones used in the filming of Tombstone and The Three Amigos.  The Decoy was screened to a sold out audience of 1300 people at the famous Fox Theater in Tucson.  It was for us, a crowning achievement, and one that came with the exclusive bragging rights of having outperformed the Stephen King "Desperation" premiere at the same theater nearly a month earlier.

Distributed nationwide in 2007, I soon set my sights on Los Angeles.  

My experience in LA was incredible.  I landed in Hollywood in the midst of the writers strike, when much of the industry was shut down.  But it turned out to be a strange blessing, as many filmmakers were now turning to independent projects to bide their time.  I was asked to edit one such project, a comedy called 3Way.  Directed by Emmy winner Mary Lou Belli, and Reno 911 creator Robert Ben Garant, it was the best environment for me to land in to expand my knowledge of film.  By the time the last episode ran, we were amassing millions of views, multiple festival awards, and had been translated into several languages across the globe.

However the start of the recession proved to be too big a burden for the project to continue, and soon I headed home to Maine.

Here is where two things happened.  The first, I earned my first Emmy Nomination (Team Hurf Durf) for a PSA for Planet Dog, a dog training service for the disabled.  Second, I joined with CBC Advertising, where I discovered a talent for advertising.  

To date, I have edited over 1000 commercials.  One of our clients, Brandon Ford, a client I dealt with almost exclusively as editor, climbed to become the largest Ford dealership on the East Coast, and set a historical worldwide all time high for most certified pre-owned Fords ever sold.  Ever.  

My philosophy has always been "Hollywood quality or better."  It is a commitment to excellence that I have always put into every spot I have crafted.  

If you are interested in my work, or would like to see how we could collaborate, feel free to contact me at 323-491-6446 or jhiggins@mac.com.