How Writer/Director/Producer Cameron Van Hoy Broke Into the Film Industry

Cameron Van Hoy has become a veteran in the entertainment industry.The 2021 film Flinch was his feature directorial debut, but he’s been around the industry for a long time. He started as a child actor. Initially, it was in local or scholastic productions, but he later graduated into the world of TV and film. Van Hoy’s breakout performance was alongside Burt Reynolds in the critically acclaimed indie film Pups. He later gained some minor recognition for his voice acting work in the Nickelodeon show Hey Arnold. He was sure that this was the industry for him.

He went to a performing arts high school in New York, surrounded by other actors and like-minded talent. He separated himself from the pack by becoming inseparable from his camera. A passion for a different side of the industry was ignited. So he finished school and made his way to LA. It started off as shorts that he wrote, directed, and starred in, often investing his own money. These expanded into feature films, though Van Hoy didn’t direct the first few. Partially, the idea of directing a feature film seemed like a daunting task to him. Things really took off when a short video on YouTube spoofing the Taken series spawned millions of views. This success encouraged investors and the short was later turned into the feature film Tooken.

Van Hoy later produced the indie-hit Tragedy Girls (2017). With a resume under his belt that now included five feature films and numerous shorts, it was much easier for him to acquire the necessities to make a film that was his own. He pulled out all the stops to ensure that his debut film was a success, recruiting stars such as Daniel Zovatto, Tom Segura, Buddy Duress, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, and Cathy Moriarty. He went through a careful, nuanced process to ensure that this was a bon-a-fide hit. Flinch garnered rave reviews and solidified Van Hoy’s plans for the future: continue to develop films with Ardor Pictures and their unique vision to change the landscape of filmmaking.