There has never been a better time to work in the film industry. It is an ever-expanding creative hub that has seen many transformations over the past decades, and there is no denying that the Internet has dramatically changed the industry. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the demand for home entertainment. Today, there are many streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, and people worldwide are consuming content through computers, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs. With the changing industry landscape, audiences are better informed about filmmaking. Nevertheless, no matter what form the final product takes, it must provide a memorable experience and be accessible virtually on almost any device that has an Internet connection.
Film producers wield enormous power behind the scenes, and it is always fascinating and eye-opening to hear them talk about their latest films—their approaches, casting, budget, and more. VBD Magazine is honored to feature Christel and Howard Gibson, Executive Producers of Dem Gibsons Films. The dynamic brother and sister team established Dem Gibsons Films which now has a diverse slate of quality titles for multi-platform release and distribution in domestic and foreign markets. The duo has 30 years of combined experience in media production.
As we sat down with Christel and Howard, it was their work ethics, heartfelt stories, candid confessions, and genuine smiles that fueled our fire to know them on a deeper level. The film industry experts provided incredible inspiration as they gave us a glimpse into their filmmaking journey, discussed what drives their filmmaking ambition, and shared upcoming projects.
In the 1970’s, Christel and Howard’s father handed them an 8mm camera with the hope that they would begin to create memories that would last a lifetime. “There was always a camera in our home, and I cannot imagine a life without it,” says Christel.