by LINDA FRABL | photos by Ryan Abary

Get Big

Dylan Moran is a filmmaker whose family made the move to Rancho Santa Fe from Escondido seven years ago. Dylan proclaimed, “I love the fresh air in Rancho Santa Fe. It smells so nice, I don’t know what it is. The air is something else!”

As someone prone to funny little observations, such as the way the air smells in different zip codes, it was inevitable that Dylan would morph his unique insights into a feature film that he wrote, directed, and starred in, called Get Big. The story line, which takes place over the course of a day, is a coming-of-age comedy about the misadventures of two best friends on their way to attend an estranged high school classmate’s wedding. Dylan cites the movies Superbad and Swingers as inspirations.


Discussing the motivation for the movie, Dylan elaborated, “The film comes from my own experiences just hanging out with my high school friends one summer. We would spend days driving around looking for something to do, entertaining each other by just talking. So in that sense it’s a very personal film. I think people who grew up in San Diego will really relate to it.”

Name: Dylan Anthony Moran
Community: Rancho Santa Fe/Los Angeles
Profession: Writer/Director, Filmmaker

Admitting that he has been making movies for “as long as I can remember,” Dylan recalled, “My grandparents got me a video camera for my 10th birthday and the rest is history. I loved making movies with my cousins and my friends over the weekends.” Two years ago Dylan graduated from film school at University of Southern California, and after working a few brief jobs in the film industry, he has been solely focused on completing and perfecting Get Big.

The film was released in select AMC Theaters in Southern California. Dylan exclaimed, “It’s very exciting for me because this movie is a lot more fun to watch on the big screen, laughing with a lot of people!”

As for future films in the works, he revealed, “Upcoming projects will depend on how well this does. So go see Get Big so I can make more movies! Also, follow our social media accounts and check out our website.”