3rd-i is the production company of
producer-director Ivo Marloh
I'm a screenwriter, producer and director of feature films, documentaries, brand filmsand commercials. With an MA in screenwriting I have over ten years of international movie industry experience working on projects in the US, UK, Europe and Asia as writer, director, producer or consulting producer.
Apart from producing content, I've gained considerable experience teaching in the field of screenwriting, story development, directing, documentary-making up to MA level, for institutions like Raindance, the International Film School in Cologne, the Academy of Film in Tirana or the Motion Picture Association in the far-flung Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
A distinguished graduate of the MA Screenwriting course at Royal Holloway University in London, one of my feature scripts, Magic Boys was co-produced in the US, UK and Hungary, starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones and my latest feature All The Wild Horses, a feature documentary about the Mongol Derby horse race in Mongolia, is currently in post-production.
As well as writing and producing feature films, I direct commercials and brand films and this has become more and more fun with the advance of light-weight, high-end camera technology, meaning with ever dwindling budgets, epic corporate films can still be achieved with minimal crew but thorough story development.
This is all you really need to know about me. But if you have a spare few minutes, here's more.
I love my job. Most of the time at least. It beats most other jobs. Apart from being a cowboy, I'd definitely trade for that. But making films and teaching filmmaking and screenwriting beats the shit out of being a barista at Starbucks. Like most people in the film industry, I've done my time as a barista.
I did my fair share of unpaid scriptwriting in the hope of one day getting that mythical deferred payment. I'll just say, don't sit on your ass waiting for it to happen. So I directed commercials for clients like Casio Electronics, Greenpeace and Friends Of The Earth. I produced webisodes, shorts and some TV. 10 years and countless free feature scripts, film festivals, knocked-down doors and networked-the-shit-out-of-shit later, I'm a bonafide Hollywood scripe. But I'm not going to lie to you. It's been fucking hard work. And it never stops. So if you don't want to work hard and get obsessive about it, probably filmmaking is not for you.
I do a lot of script consulting. My specialities are fast-paced thrillers and fractured Buddhist narratives structures. I've even doctored romcoms and a vampire film. A story is a story. A good story is an alternative universe you want to be sucked into and never return. My job is to find those break-out points, locate that sword, and show you how to unsheathe it and point it in the right direction.
The truth is I believe in writing and producing powerful projects that have emotional resonance. With my first few screenplays I had less of an idea what truth actually meant in a 'made up' story, but the more I write, the more I need that emotional truthfulness now. Screenwriting and producing is in equal measures an art form as it is a craft, and the more time you spend doing it, the better you'll get at it, and the better equipped you feel you are. It's an endless learning curve, sometimes steep, sometimes almost flat. Having said all that though, it never seems to get any easier finding your way into a story. Like, really in.
With that in mind, the projects I'm interested in normally have a certain edge, something that sets them apart. A lot of them are true stories that actually happened, some are true stories that happened in my head. What they all have in common is that they kick ass.