Dayton native Jamaal Scott has a king-size goal for his first movie — an Oscar nomination.
Scott is set to begin filming the live action short “Kings” this March in Oakland, Calif.
The film tells the story of Brandon Billips, an African-American police officer on his first night on the job.
Scott said Billips faces a tough decision when his partner, a veteran officer, abuses the power of the badge.
“It is those choices you make in those split seconds that shape your (life),” Scott said.
Scott, the son of downtown Dayton’s Beaute Box Lashes owner Lisa Scott, plans to submit the 30- to 35-minute film to major film festivals.
He says he wants to be the first black director nominated for the live-action short Academy Award.
His said his film examines police brutally from the perspective of a police officer who joined the force to bridge the gap between the department and the community.
“I wanted to do something from a different perspective,” the Central State University graduate said.
Scott is working on his master’s degree in film and directing at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco.
He expects to graduate in May.
An Indiegogo campaign has been set up to help cover the expenses of the movie.
The campaign has more than 40 backers at various levels.
Scott said the movie’s title comes from his belief that black men are kings despite the way they are sometime portrayed in films and other parts of society.
“King is the character of a person,” he said. “It is the character and integrity of the person.”