Carson City resident finds success in movie industry
Carson City resident Sean Mick made his claim to Hollywood fame, as a writer for the movie “Silencer.”
It’s an action-thriller Mick wrote more than 20 years ago. Mick had won contests with the script, but struggled to get a production company to put it on the big screen. He had almost given up on the movie career, but decided to give it another chance with this script. He couldn’t believe it one morning when he checked his email and saw that Status Media & Entertainment wanted to bring his film to life.
“I thought I was dreaming,” he said.
The movie “Silencer” stars Johnny Messner and Danny Trejo. It features Nikki Leigh and longtime MMA rivals Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell on opposite sides of the conflict. It centers on a hit man (Messner) who must resurrect all of his deadly skills and fight a one-man war against his former employer (Trejo) who kidnapped his stepdaughter.
Mick, who started writing in his early 20s, couldn’t believe it when a company said they wanted to produce his script.
“In a way, it’s like a dream come true for sure,” he said. “Because I could die a happy man if at least once, there’s a movie with my name on it. And now there is.”
The movie “Silencer” goes straight to Netflix and VOD (Video On Demand) on Sept. 4, with Blu-Ray and DVD to follow Sept. 18. Mick said it was a low-budget production, so he didn’t get a big paycheck from the deal.
“I keep downplaying it because people are like ‘Oh you must be rich now,’” Mick said.
He won’t be quitting his day job at JM Furniture, where he has worked since 2006. But he explained having this movie produced would hopefully help with more in the future.
“I have a great day job, I wouldn’t be sitting in this house without it,” he said. “They treat me really well there — it’s great.”
Mick would love to link his career as a movie writer with paying the bills. His ultimate dream would be to get paid doing what he loves, he said.
“If I could just make a living as a writer — it’s not about being crazy rich or getting the gold guy,” he said. “You do it because you love it.”
The premier for “Silencer” takes place Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Ahrya Fine Arts Movie Theater in Beverly Hills. Mick and his wife will walk along the red carpet, watch his movie on the big screen and then attend the reception afterward.
“It will be fun to meet the actors. I’m going to geek for a few minutes and get autographs,” he said. “And the next day we jump on a plane and head home because we have to work and life goes on.”
Mick moved to Carson City from San Francisco when he was younger. With advice from a mentor to stay in town instead of going to Los Angeles like many other struggling writers, Mick stayed here and had a family. He has a wife, a son in college, a daughter in high school and two cats.
“It’s that John Lennon quote, one of my favorites: ‘Life is what happens, when you’re busy making plans,’” he said.
Although it is a big accomplishment, Mick is humble and says he will work on more scripts and push them in the right direction to chase his dreams. He is more optimistic after having “Silencer” produced.
“At least now I have a toe in the door, if not at least an entire foot,” he said. “My plan now is to just do what I’ve been doing, take care of the family, but I can still do my writing.”