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Saturday, February 11, 2017

ACC Alum Nominated for Oscar

ACC Alum Nominated for Oscar

After working on dozens of television and film projects, former Alvin Community College Drama student and now Hollywood producer David Greathouse has earned an important achievement.

Greathouse is an executive producer for the film, Hacksaw Ridge, which has six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

“It’s exhilarating,” he said. “It’s the pinnacle of the film industry.”

Greathouse attended ACC in 1990-91 before he transferred to Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.

“David knew from the beginning of his time at ACC that he wanted to be a director/producer in the world of theatre and film,” said Dr. Jay Burton, ACC Drama Chair. “That said, he, like all ACC drama students worked in all areas: he built sets, worked on lights, acted, moved scenery, and he did it all well.”

The skills Greathouse learned at ACC helped propel him once he started working in the industry, Burton said.

“David understood that everything he learned contributed to his development as a theatre person and thus forwarded his own personal goals,” he said. “Even then David demonstrated leadership abilities and always came in ready to get the job done and was encouraging to others in the department. David is a person who is dedicated to his professional life, but makes the time to enjoy his personal life as well.”

Greathouse attributed some of his success to what he learned as an ACC Drama student.

“I had a lot of help along the way,” he said. “Jay Burton was a big influence. He helped me understand what type of possibilities lay out there.”

After graduating from Pepperdine, Greathouse said he began working in the television and film industry. He worked with legendary producers Scott Rudin and Cathy Konrad.

“When you have an opportunity to work as an assistant producer you’re exposed to a lot of actors, directors and agents,” he said. “You learn the system and that was on ramp to my career.”

Film producers can have many planning responsibilities that include developing the cast, obtaining the necessary financing and hiring the required personnel to make a project happen.

“I have a lot of expertise in physical production,” Greathouse said. “There are any number of roles producers play in how they contribute to the picture.”

In Hacksaw Ridge, a film about WWII pacifist combat medic and Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, Greathouse said he helped bring a significant amount of financing for the film to get it to the big screen.

“It’s a tremendous story about a genuine hero,” he said. “Those are great stories to tell on the big screen. We had a great filmmaker in Mel Gibson. We also had a great producer in Bill Mechanic.”

Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.

“It was a dream team and it was a special opportunity to work on a movie like that,” Greathouse said.

While he feels Hacksaw Ridge was a great movie with an important story, Greathouse is not so optimistic about it winning the Best Picture Oscar, he said.

“There is a strong, all-around competition,” he said.

The nomination itself though, is great for any producer’s career, he said.

“It’s an opportunity that elevates the quality of material you have access to,” Greathouse said. “You get the kind of movies you want to make and it elevates your profile.”



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