When making short films, University alumnus Tyler Doehring tries to keep his themes simple, while answering the hardest question there is.
“I think my narrative voice tends to ask the same question: What is the purpose of life?” Doehring said. “That's obviously a pretty complicated question with no real concrete answer, so I just try to keep looking at it from new angles.”
This question will inhabit the narrative theme and voice of his newest project, “Dust,” a short war film.
“Dust” takes place during the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and follows a U.S. soldier named Dust who claims that he cannot die, despite wanting to. How does a man live with this struggle? More importantly, can he actually make it through one of the most well-known battles of the war with his life intact?
Born and raised in Wichita, Doehring graduated from the University in 2009 with a degree in film and media studies, then spent a year weighing his options for the future.
After moving to New York, Doehring eventually found a job as a production assistant on the reality TV show “Love and Hip Hop.” He slowly moved up the ranks to become a camera operator. This is where Doehring finds most of his work. It takes eight to 10 months out of the year to shoot each season.
When he can find spare time, Doehring enjoys working on his own short films which often feature Alex Salamat, a fellow alumnus and actor, in the lead role.
Doehring continues to look at his narrative voice from different angles.
“I try to tell an approachable, exciting story first and foremost, and hopefully the subtext can shine through to those interested,” Doehring said. Read more