■ WHO IS WALTER ATKINSON ?
Walter is a creative dreamer on the outside looking in. Living life for the moments that unveil themselves. He lives to create and creates to live. Walter believes that the mind is boundless and only held back by self. Independence and freedom drive his energy. He loves running the city streets and the people that travel its paths. Walter is inspired by this energy flow and attempts to rebound the inspirations. Walter is a teacher, a creator, a lucid dreamer, a product of the universe. He lives to inspire those around him as he travels his journey on this planet and throughout his mind.
■ HOW DID YOU KNOW SUANY ?
I first became aware of Suany Pangallo in 2011. My good friend Thurman showed me a cool youtube Nike commercial that Suany did with Casey Neistat.
Four months later Thurman introduced me to Suany when Suany moved to Nyc from Rome.
■ WHY DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT ?
I agreed to participate in the film because Suany is an interesting creative guy.
I felt that the experience would be good no matter what, and just see what happens.
■ WHAT DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE PROJECT ?
I know that this is a short film about me. That is about it. I do not know the story Suany is telling. That is why there is no acting in the film. Films can be edited many ways so I can only guess the story. Suany approached me one day in May with his idea to film me. In the previous weeks we kept randomly bumping into each other in the streets of Brooklyn. Him on a bike, me working out. Maybe that is what inspired him. I know he likes my hand weights.
■ HOW LONG DID IT TAKE ?
Suany filmed me for about five weeks. I would do what I normally do every day.
I would give Suany my schedule for the next day. He would show up whenever he showed up. I never really knew when he was planning to film, so I never prepared anything. Just was myself, being myself. I had many fun experiences during the five weeks of filming. Suany and I became close friends. We consider ourselves family.
■ BEST MOMENT ?
The best moment occured on the Coney Island boardwalk. Suany's favorite place. I was working out throwing punches with my hand weights. A little baby girl about three years old walked up to me and started boxing with me. She was adorable. Her fists were the size of my thumb.
■ WORST ONE ?
The worst moments were ten minutes before I was about to sing on stage for the first time at an East Village club.
■ EXPECTATION ?
My expectations of the film are that I would have a fun interesting experience and that my friends view some things that I do and think about. Hopefully it is a good story. Beyond that, whatever happens, happens.
■ HOW WAS THE FILMING PROCESS ?
Suany shoots in the background. I was usually not sure when he was actually filming. He filmed me without telling me the story so there is no acting or planning. Just doing. Suany does not like acting. He wants to film real. You never know what he is up to. Suany often films on a bike. He has great bike skills. It was fun filming with him. Suany has a very creative and unique perspective on life.
■ FUTURE ?
The future looks bright. Everything seems to be growing and developing.
My creative projects are flowing along. Every day I am learning fun new things.
I teach thousands of students and they are wonderful to teach. I am creating movie shorts which is a lot of fun. I am looking to expand my singing and perform a set on stage. Uh oh!! I am looking to be more global with everything I do. Online classes, a webshow with my characters and who knows whatever else. I have not seen the film yet. I hope that it tells a good story. The experience and process has already made the film worth doing. I enjoy doing these film projects and enjoy working with Suany. My friends will have fun viewing the film no matter what. Then whatever happens, happens.
■ ANYTHING ELSE ?
I hope that people open up their minds and see the universe Show up and try new things. Never listening to the voice that says you can not