Dugan Bridges’ filmmaking has taken him across the globe, from New York to Europe and Asia. 

Of his six current projects, Bridges is most excited about a short film scheduled for production in Nepal. 

“That film is a coming-of-age story in a love triangle where there are two guys fighting for a young girl’s attention,” he said, “and they’ve been friends all their lives.”

Nineteen years ago, the director graduated from Oconee County High School. Like many filmmakers, he did not know right off the bat that he wanted to pursue his craft. 

As a teen, Bridges discovered through working on OCHS’s biweekly SNL-type skit show that he really enjoyed entertainment storytelling. While attending the University of Georgia, he and a friend from high school started making videos outside of their film coursework. 

After graduating from UGA in 2006, Bridges moved to New York City, where he would live for two stints totaling about a decade.

Early in his career, he began making commercials for some big companies. 

“It wasn’t until later that I realized the value of what I was doing then,” he said. 

Bridges has helped film video ads for Amazon Prime Video, American Airlines, AT&T, Disney and Verizon, among many others. He’s also directed content for Comcast and MSNBC, The New York Times and USA Today. 

Before leaving for California, he co-wrote and produced the feature film “Little Tin Man,” one of the first films to raise $100,000 through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. 

Once in Los Angeles, he landed a job screening scripts for “Back to the Future” director Robert Zemeckis at the Universal Studios Lot. 

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