A LITTLE ABOUT YOU AND THE CRAFT:
Filmmaking Specialty: Acting/Directing/Editing
# Years Experience: 10 years acting, 3 years writing and directing, 2 years editing.
A little about your journey as a filmmaker: I had no idea until about three years ago that I wanted to write and direct films. Most of my experience in the industry originally came from honing my craft as an actress; so when I was inspired one day to produce something that I had written in college, at the time I viewed it more as just another opportunity for me to build my reel as an actress and put my foot in the door through festivals – I had no idea that the near opposite effect would happen. Instead of focusing on the craft, I began to live more for understanding cinematography and directing, building and being a puzzle solver, which, ironically, much of my work reflect. Though I’m still a working actress, these days I have found that my love and inspiration ultimately comes more from behind the camera and less in front of it. In three years, I now have two feature films under my belt, a web series, an array of short films, and one music video. I would be out auditioning right now, but you’ll probably find me editing in a dark room somewhere instead.
Equipment You Use on Typical Project: I’ve typically shot with or incorporated Canon for all of my recent work, from the Rebel models and crop sensor cameras (such as the T3i and 7D), and now, more recently, the full frame sensor 5D mark iii. I’m pushing to get a C100 or C300 ii eventually, of course if the budget allows. My team and I are typically on-the-go filmmakers, so it’s nice to have a camera that’s suitable for that style while being able to deliver awesome picture quality.
Majority of Recent Projects: Prelude To Infusco (narrative feature – preludetoinfusco.com), Underground 13 (webseries – underground13.org).
YOUR TRACK RECORD:
Largest Project: Prelude To Infusco is, by far, the largest and hardest film project I’ve ever completed. The two and a half hour film, remarkably, only took 8 days to film in two cities with over 64 cast members and only 10 crew members, but the toughest challenges fell on losing the budget in post production and postponing the editing, which in the end I chose to do. I’m currently in the final post editing stages of the film, and expect to premiere by Fall.
Notable Mentors: Stefanie Kleine (manager), Katherine Brighton (first acting instructor), and director Neil Norwood (who finally convinced me to direct).
Notable Projects: Honey, Meet My Wife! (Drama, 2013)
Prelude To Infusco (Sci-Fi Drama, 2014)
Underground 13 (Mystery Drama, 2015).
Festival Screenings/Awards: Honey, Meet My Wife! – nominated for best feature film at the Charlotte Black Film Festival (2013).
FILMS HAVE MADE PEOPLE LARGER THAN LIFE… YOUR THOUGHTS?
Your favorite famous person and why their influence improves our world: Interestingly for me, my favorite person in the industry right now would have to be Vin Diesel. I followed his earlier work that led up to him being discovered, and found out that he wrote and directed two of his own films before ever stepping foot into Hollywood, and still writes and produces to this day. I believe to truly understand something, you ought to spend time learning everything you can about it, and finding your niche. That’s what he did, and still does, which is something I heavily admire. All actors at some time need to direct, and all directors at some time need to act. . . . Well, maybe that’s not completely true, but I still think you get the best understanding of both worlds.
Your least favorite famous person and aspects of their life which you hope never influence others: I guess Hitler would be a good choice.
JUST FOR FUN
A recent a ha moment: The longer I wait, the longer I wait.
The next exciting thing. I’ve put a lot of work into everything I’ve done; it’ll be nice to finally see what everything looks like.
The importance of story. It’s really the issue, isn’t it? As a storyteller, I’m always intrigued more by a gripping storyline and interesting characters rather than a bunch of nifty effects. I’ve seen some really beautiful films, the editing was great, the effects were out of this world, but I couldn’t tell you what those films were about because the story just didn’t excite me. When I watch a film, I want to experience something the characters go through; I want to understand their wants and needs, see how they go about fulfilling them, and discovering if they ultimately do or not.
The last film you watched before you knew you wanted to make films? It was probably A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan, with Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, though I could name a bunch of 1950’s and 30’s movies that were heavy influences. I had spent time studying that film in high school and college, and Honey, Meet My Wife! originally began as a stage play, constructed much like Streetcar, before ever being adapted it into a screenplay.
Who are the best filmmakers alive? Hands down, Quentin Tarantino is probably one of by favorite storytellers, as twisted as his films are. James Cameron, Ron Howard, Clint Eastwood, and Oliver Stone.