Are we having a happy summer yet? Third day in, and I’m ready for the beach!
For those of you on the RSS, this will be a little surprising (most absolutely a good one!) in that I’m stepping a little outside of my normal contest winner announcements.
Instead, I’d like to share an interesting Q&A I had the opportunity to conduct with filmmaker, Angeline Walsh, Director of 21st Century Spectacle, and indie filmmaker.
Angeline’s newest indie film, A Murder Party, is currently under production, but needs community support – your support to be specific. Please read Angeline’s extraordinary interview, and reach out to support this exceptional young artist.
INTERVIEW WITH ANGELINE WALSH
For people who have never heard of it, what exactly is an Indiegogo Campaign?
Indiegogo is a a fund-raising site (think KickStarter). They are based out of San Francisco, CA and have an A+ BBB rating, so they’re very trustworthy. I’m mentioning this because of the electronic donations, which are part of the campaign.
What is your Indiegogo Campaign specifically targeting?
I am trying to fund my newest film, A Murder Party. My funding goal is $3000 and I am reaching out to the community for support in this endeavor.
A Murder Party – who is the film’s target market?
Primarily the young adult, although middle age and families might also enjoy the film.
Why will people enjoy this?
It’s very funny! It’s set in the Victorian Era, and there is lot’s of satire and some adult humor. Think Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, and Oscar Wilde.
So you’re newest film is A Murder Party. How long is it?
Well, we are still in creation, but it will be around an hour and twenty minutes.
I had the pleasure of watching your film “21st Century Spectacle”…was that your first full feature length film?
Yes it was. A Murder Party will be my second full feature film.
Was there a particular event or time that you recognized that filmmaking was not just a hobby, but that it would be your life and your living?
When I was about twelve years-old. I had already been writing and performing plays, but I picked up a video camera and started making short films. I just love entertaining people.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life creating film?
To ignore the adversity. A lot of people think creativity is immature or something reserved for children, but it’s not. One has to be ambitious and stubborn in this field.
What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better (or worse) for you? Great writing! I think a well written screenplay will probably equal a well performed film. The characters and character-driven actors are very important, too.
What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?
Shawshank Redemption – the hope it inspired was extremely influential to me on a personal level. Jurassic Park. Edward Scissorhands. Inglorious Bastards.
Is there any one filmmaker that’s really inspired you? Why did that person inspire you so much?
Walt Disney is my number one inspiration – both as a filmmaker and as a person. Tim Burton. Wes Anderson. Quentin Tarantino – I think he’s just pretty much a genius writer.
In your opinion is the film business fair? Why or why not?
No…at least not the Hollywood machine. Indie is more flexible and offers more options to women and minorities.
How do you make decisions that work in your favor – even up against any odds?
I have a really great support group of extremely supportive friends and family.
Are there any qualities about the industry that anger you or that you wish could be changed?
Definitely! I’m not a huge fan of the Hollywood machine. It is a greedy, big “boys club” that rarely hires women for large studio projects and blatantly issues lower budget films to women. People are starting to speak out against the obvious unfairness of it, and I’m glad.
What do audiences want? And is it the filmmaker’s role to worry about that?
Yes, I do think the filmmaker should worry about the audience, but I’m going to reference two quotes. The first is Charlie Chaplain, who said, “The audience doesn’t know what the hell they want.”. The second is Jim Morrison, who said, “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.”
So I believe there’s a lot of flexibility in creating a film…I believe that filmmaker’s kind of dictate what is going to be liked or disliked…and there’s so many different tastes out there.
If I were to ask you, “What is the most important advice you could give a filmmaker starting out”, what would it be?
Find your voice! Find what story you want to tell and tell it. Study film making and filmmaker’s – study people.
Anything else you want to add?
I’m just asking that the community come together and be part of this unique experience. At the risk of sounding cliché, even $5 really does make a big difference..
JOIN THE PARTY. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
Angeline Walsh is a writer and filmmaker. Her first film, “21st Century Spectacle”, won Best First Feature at the L-Dub Film Festival. Her new film, “A Murder Party” is currently in production. See the rest of her work at ANGELINE PRODUCTIONS.
Until next time…stay safe, stay healthy, and stay creative!
Connie Irons is a novelist recently begat blogger. As a double Gemini it’s hard to tie her down to one genre, but her favorites are well written horror and snarky memoirs (hail David Sedaris). When she’s not writing she’s mindlessly spoiling her beagle/basset puppy, Tucker, and evading payment on multiple loans from her fiancé.