By Michael Cunningham
Each week during the season The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will conduct a question-and-answer session with a Falcons player about his off-field interests and activities. The intention is to give fans some insight into the players and a little sense of what makes them tick. This week we spoke with guard Peter Konz.
Football is Konz’s profession, but filmmaking is one of his passions. Konz, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in communication arts, talked about why he likes to make movies and the reason he doesn’t necessarily want to end up in Hollywood.
Q: Are you making any films right now?
A: Actually, it’s hard to get into it during football season. You know how it is: Editing and filming, it takes a lot of time and then you have to come up with an idea. Whenever I do something on my own, I’m a one-man production crew. So if I’m doing everything it kind of takes a while.
Q: Which element of filmmaking do you enjoy most?
A: That’s a good question, but I like cinematography the best. I love composing a shot. I think that’s the creative and artistic thing that I like to do.
Q: How did you get into it?
A: I always loved movies, TV, media. A lot of people do, but I decided that was something I was going to pursue. It was more or less a dream [on top of] football, you know what I mean? I think early on, some of my friends were making movies and I thought, ‘That’s so cool, I want to be a part of that process.’ In my high school career I made a couple movies, and in college I enjoyed film school and made a couple of small documentaries. Nothing too big, but it’s something that’s a passion that I do in my free time. Some people might call it work, but I love to do it.
Q: What were the subjects of the documentaries?
A: One was a documentary about the zoo. The angle I took is the zoo is not actually the animals; the zoo is the parents and the kids. The animals are so docile. They are trapped in a cage, they get fed regularly, they are on a tight schedule. The kids, it’s like a big-time event in their life so they are crazy, they are yelling, they are pounding on the glass. They are screaming when the tiger goes across the glass and it’s at least about 500 pounds bigger. And then I did a light documentary. I saw what I could do with actual film and what I could do with the light.
Q: Do you have a dream movie project in mind?
A: That’s the thing about my passion for this. I just love it so it doesn’t matter. I don’t really have anything I want to work on because everything I work on is fun. I don’t have this dream like, ‘I’ve got to go to Hollywood.’ I just want to do it. Go and create.