In the dynamic realm of filmmaking, where dreams meet reality on the silver screen, few individuals truly stand out as visionaries.
Scott Vickers, the acclaimed film director, writer, and acting coach, is undeniably one of them.
With a remarkable journey marked by unconventional success and a diverse range of talents, Vickers has left an indelible mark on the film industry.
Matriarch’s Unbelievable Journey
Scott Vickers burst onto the filmmaking scene with his feature film “Matriarch,” a project that defied all odds. Notably, the film garnered attention when Lionsgate acquired it, despite its humble micro-budget origins.
A surprising anecdote emerged during the acquisition – Lionsgate’s lawyers assumed a budget typo and added a zero to the contract, showcasing the sheer audacity of Vickers’ achievement.
“Matriarch” proved to be a game-changer for Vickers, bagging the Best Film award at the Glasgow Horror Fest and enjoying theatrical releases in the UK and LA.
The film’s success catapulted Vickers into the limelight, earning him a mention in Screen Daily at the European Film Market. The president of 20th Century Fox hailed him as “an exceptional talent with a highly unique and daring vision.”
Scott Vickers: A Multifaceted Career in the Spotlight
Before establishing himself as a professional director, Vickers trod the boards as a screen actor in TV dramas, accumulating over 250 episodes to his name. His portrayal of DC Will Cooper in the BBC drama “River City” garnered acclaim, showcasing his acting prowess.
Notably, Vickers also graced the West End Theatre stage with his role in the iconic “Chicago: The Musical.” His journey reflects a series of remarkable achievements in the entertainment industry, for which he remains deeply grateful.
During the challenging times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vickers embarked on a journey as an acting coach and mentor. His clientele now spans the globe, a testament to his prowess. As a guest teacher at Studio Talent LA and an upcoming lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy in China, he imparts knowledge and mindset techniques to emerging actors.
Unique Perspective and Mindset Coaching
What sets Scott Vickers apart from the rest of the industry is his multifaceted experience. He has thrived on the West End Theatre, taken lead roles in TV dramas, and directed feature films. Vickers’ unique vantage point, derived from excelling in diverse areas of the entertainment world, allows him to offer actors exceptional support and coaching.
Vickers’ prowess extends to mindset coaching, incorporating a little-known yet highly effective psychological discipline into his coaching and directing. He attributes this knowledge to his wife, Nicola Vickers, who hails from “The Mind at Work” in London, known for their work with CEOs and board members. Vickers’ ability to infuse this discipline into the acting space has transformed actors, helping them unlock their true potential.
The Defining Moment of Purpose
When asked about the moment he realized his true calling, Vickers reminisces about shooting “Matriarch.” In a scene where he played a supporting role, a technically challenging sequence unfolded.
Despite the pressure, Vickers felt an innate sense of belonging. His deep understanding of the scene, the process, and the actions affirmed that directing, screenwriting, and working with actors were his destiny.
Embracing Challenges and Transforming Setbacks
The road to success was not without its hurdles for Vickers. Convincing investors to back his first feature film proved to be a daunting task. The industry’s skepticism, fueled by his background as a screen actor, added to the challenge.
However, Vickers’ resilience and adaptability shone through when an investor dropped out just before pre-production. This setback led to the creation of “Matriarch,” a testament to his ability to turn failures into opportunities.
Dream Collaborations: Top 3 Visionaries
When asked about the top three individuals he aspires to meet, Vickers’ list features iconic figures from the industry:
Robert Rodriguez: Inspired by the filmmaker’s book, ‘A Rebel Without A Crew,’ Vickers admires Rodriguez’s independent spirit and would love to collaborate with him.
David Fincher: Known for his visually striking films, Fincher’s work ignited Vickers’ passion for screenwriting and directing, making a meeting with him a cherished goal.
Daniel Abraham & Mark Fergus: As the creators of “The Expanse,” one of Vickers’ all-time favorite TV shows, he dreams of working with these visionaries to further enrich his career.
Scott Vickers, the director, actor, and mindset coach, is an embodiment of versatility and determination.
His journey is an inspiration to aspiring artists and a testament to the power of relentless passion in the pursuit of one’s dreams.
With a vision that transcends boundaries, Vickers continues to redefine what is possible in the world of cinema and beyond.