Hi, John Hess from Filmmaker IQ.com Late last week I received some devastating news – the co-founder of Filmmaker IQ and my friend Dennis Hartwig had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Whenever I’m asked to give advice to an up and coming filmmaker – it usually comes out as this: Get yourself a Dennis – he a loyal uncompromising friend and advocate. He pushed me harder than anyone I knew – took me from a video guy and instilled in me through brutal hard work a confidence to call myself a filmmaker. He created Filmmaker IQ, shaped the way our product was created and was my biggest fan. He was also one of the first people I turned to when things were dark, when loves shattered, when parents get sick. He was there.
But now he is gone. My friends have been indispensable in last few days as I tried to work through all of this. Now I am faced with picking up and moving on. Dennis had some great ideas of where Filmmaker IQ would go, but without him I am unable fulfill that dream. Things will have to change, but I do intend on carrying on with Filmmaker IQ. I do intend to continue and try with every ounce of my being to make something, not just good enough, but something great.
Safe travels Dennis – until we meet again.
John P. Hess