An Interview With Fashion Designer Rachel Anson

 Rachel Anson is a local fashion designer who owns RM Fashion Design. Here is a link to her website:

http://www.rmfashiondesign.com

Q: What made you want to be a fashion designer?

A: When I was 17 I entered a nationwide fashion contest on a whim and won! I won a tour of the Tommy Hilfiger studios, and I met Tommy himself. I was encouraged so much by the Hilfiger staff to go into fashion; I decided to start a small fashion company called Retro Modern. Soon after, I won a half tuition scholarship to the Art Institute of Orange County.

But honestly, this is just the beginning. I have so much more to learn. If you think my designs are great now, just wait. You haven’t seen the best of me yet!

Q: What is unique about your designs?

A: My style is retro with a twist. My inspiration comes from the past, but still sticks to today’s trends.

Everyone knows me for my prints. I hand screen-print and custom order all of them. I love to add new and creative elements to every design. Such as lip pockets, contrasting piping, or buttons. I want whoever wears my designs to feel one-of-a kind.

Q: What’s up with all the food jewelry?

A: I love to eat, so why not show my love for food in fashion. I came across sushi miniatures online, and they’re used as décor or to be played with. Honestly, what a waste! I’d rather wear a sushi set on a ring then have it displayed in my house. At least it has some use.

The cupcake rings were made to compliment my cupcake collection. It’s been a popular seller ever since! Besides, I love cupcakes. They are yummy and stylish.

Q: Do you plan to incorporate any mature fashions into your line?

A: My target market is age 16-25. It’s very young and fun and that’s what my clientele is. However, that’s my Retro Modern line. My private clients generally see my more “mature” side. Example, I just started on my wedding line which is completely different than my Retro Modern line that you see on my website. The collection is inspired by 1920s Chanel. It’s elegant, sleek, and romantic. It is exclusive only to private clients, and I’m not planning on opening it to the public until maybe next year.

As for creating a line for, let’s say age 25-30, I do have collections already designed and ready to go, but I prefer offering these to my private clients and custom orders. In the future I am planning on releasing these lines to the public, but I don’t want to rush it.

Q: Who are some of your design influences?

A: Betsey Johnson, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Dior. Those are just a few! I check out the new collections every season.

Q: What trends in fashion do you dislike?

A: Dark, black, and dramatic fashion. I’ve designed it in the past and it’s not me. I love elegance, bright, and fun. To me it’s a little depressing wearing all black.

Q: What sort of training have you had?

A: I’m self-taught mostly, but I took sewing courses in high school, and I’m currently in classes at the Art Institute of Orange County.

Q: What is your wildest work story?

A: Too many! I had to go over this question with my assistant. We couldn’t come up with just one. We were recently stuck in Hollywood due to a crazy sushi guy locking my car in his parking lot. I’ve been stuck in a room that was 90 degrees for 6 hours with fifteen models, trying to get them ready for a show.

“The humidity was awful,” my assistant recalls.

We had to spray the models with hairspray to keep their make-up from melting. I even worked with a photographer that insisted that red and green don’t complement each other. “It’s too green!” he told me. I’ve been through it all!

Q: What type of figure presents the most challenge for a fashion designer and why?

A: Every figure has its challenges. I’m willing to work with all shapes, it doesn’t bother me. So far I haven’t had a client that has presented a major trial with their size.

Q:  What was the greatest Oscar dress ever?

A: Audrey Hepburn in 1954 wearing a white Givenchy dress. Simple but glamorous.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

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An Interview With Actress Bria Lynn Massie

Bria Lynn Massie is an actress who stars in the film Alone Together. She has been told that she is not pretty enough to be an actress. Here is a link to her website:

http://www.brialynnmassie.com/resume.html

Q: What made you want to become an actor?

A: It definitely seeded itself as a young girl, making home videos with my younger brother and spending hours on hours sitting in my house watching movies. It wasn’t until middle school though that I realized this was what i wanted to do.

I was a typical angry, insecure and lonely preteen, often being told I shouldn’t be feeling what i’m feeling, i’m just being dramatic, there are worst things that could happen, that’s not a big deal. Even if the person knew nothing about me, what was going on in my life, or how someone’s actions affected me. It was between acting in the school plays and going home to watch movies that I found my escape where it WAS okay to cry, be disappointed, angry, it WAS okay to even be ecstatically happy, it WAS okay feel these emotions, if only for a few hours someone was validating my human experience. Not shrugging it off and moving on. I knew I wanted to carry on that acceptance, and as an actress, even if for just a few hours, or even just a few minutes, let our public feel that it IS okay to cry, it IS okay to feel and experience these human emotions. It IS okay to care about another person. I think that acting is the only thing in this world anymore enforcing the right to a human connection. I don’t want anyone to ever feel like they are alone.

Q: You have been told you are not pretty enough to be an actress what did they say was wrong with the way you look?

A: My family was fairly poor, both my mom and my dad were working full-time because they were very driven to keep me and my brother in a nice neighborhood with a nice school and with nice things. Even if that meant cutting back on activities or routine that every wealthy child in our area had. Such as Braces. I was blessed with crooked teeth, one of my baby teeth didn’t have an adult tooth behind it so it never fell it, and in turn the other teeth became misarranged to accommodate this, and the infamous “snaggle tooth” smile that Kirsten Dunst has been hounded about. You know, I’ve actually been told that I would need to fix my teeth if I wanted to be taken seriously. I’ve even had a casting director ask me over the phone after seeing my reel, “Do you still have those teeth?”. The most frustrating thing was spending tons and tons of my own money to learn and become better, to have nice clothing, to know how to do my hair and makeup, be the best I could be, but it always came down to something that I just couldn’t work at. No critique could make them better, I would just need to save up thousands upon thousands of dollars to “fix”. Sometimes I’d be called, the girl with the teeth. I have though, been very lucky to encounter individuals who support their look as well.

Q:  Why do you think looks are so much more important for actresses then actors?

A: Typical girls like to aspire to be like a celebrity. It seems more and more about the looks and the fame rather than how they became famous or talent anymore. People want beautiful doppelgänger or to be told they look like a beautiful and revered celebrity. Take celebrity icons that made their big break with a leaked sex tape, or known for their party life on top of coming from billionaire families. Women more than less nowadays get their power from being beautiful and wealthy. In turn, women will aspire to be like these icons, learn their tricks, shop in their clothing line, replicate their make up, if it works for them it must work for everyone. Beauty and the appearance of wealth. The “best”. The actresses they see becoming famous or who are famous unfortunately are found following suit, otherwise most women wouldn’t deem them worthy of being so high up in the hierarchy. Jealousy is a terrible monster, and if the actress can’t hold her own for “why” she is up there, being the best of the best, then she is more than likely kicked to the bottom. They can’t show any weakness or it is blown much more out of proportion than someone who isn’t a celebrity. It’s a very sad and barbaric thing that society is doing. I think Southpark  even did an episode on that haha. Its easier to gain popularity from being beautiful than being talented.

Q:  There have been leading roles for woman playing con artist, bank robbers and serial killers; why is Hollywood so reluctant to make a movie about someone who doesn’t look perfect?

A: Well, hollywood has actually made a great amount of movies consisting of someone who doesn’t look perfect, of which the character is typically played by a beautiful actress who is hidden behind messy hair, glasses, braces etc. and undergoes a transformation pertaining of makeup, hair does, nice clothing etc. Its considered “empowering” for women to gain confidence after getting done up, and even men. We are taught to fix whatever isn’t working and our drive to be the best is so prominent that it blinds everything along the way. The confidence, the attraction from the sexes, being the best. This beautiful actress is what we aspire to be like and hope we can feel like after we undergo our own transformation.

Q: What do you like about Hollywood?

A: The vast amount of opportunities and people here. It amazes me the talent and the array of difference that you can see, even just walking block to block!

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: It is a very unforgiving and judgemental town. There are just so many people here that it is hard to prove you are the best just by being yourself. But it’s when somebody sees that you are that it is the most rewarding experience I’ve found. And Hollywood seems to be full of a bounty of rewards to those that find them.

Q:  Who are some of your acting influences?

A: Helena Bonham Carter, Jodie Foster, Felicity Hoffman, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci and Kirsten Dunst.

Q:  What is your wildest acting story?

A: This was back when I was doing theatre during high school, it was opening night of “Footloose” which is mostly music, I mean…its Footloose! Singing and Dancing in every scene! Well, it was during winter where in WA we get amazing thunderstorms, it’s just taken for granted that every year the power WILL go out. We were all waiting backstage after being called for places waiting for our cue to go, the audience was already informed that the show was beginning and we were moments from the curtain being drawn. Then the power went out and the emergency lights came on in the auditorium. We were lucky enough to have a live band, even if that meant the music wouldn’t be transferred to the sound stage, and after a moment of collaboration from the director, went on in the emergency lights. We were also very lucky to have amazing vocals that could belt louder than the band. We truly brought live stage back to its raw roots. It was an amazing performance and the power came back on after intermission.

Q: What director would you most like to work with?

A: That’s a hard call, there are so many incredibly talented directors out there. Probably between Martin Scorsese and Sam Mendes.

Q:  What film role could you have nailed?

A: I couldn’t say as the movies that come to mind, the actress also did a phenomenal job at as well haha! For certain though, if anyone is one day brave enough to write and produce a feature film of the Hunchback of Notre Dame (and sticking to the book), I could nail the role of Esmeralda.

 

 
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Actor Steve Dez

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Steve Dez is an aspiring actor who lives in Los Angeles. Here is a link to his website:

 

 

http://SteveDez.Tumblr.com

Q:  What made you want to become an actor?

A: This one is quite the story, it started when I was about 5 years old, I was afraid of the dark and sleeping alone so I slept every night with my parents. My dad used to watch HBO late at night and I couldn’t sleep because of the TV, then when my dad passed out I just took the remote and started watching a lot of stand up comedy and HBO series and I said; “Hey, I want to do that”. That’s my first reason. My second reason was when my mom was running errands in the morning, she always checked on me to see if I was asleep. I started to “pretend” that I was sleeping and my mom believed it, and I said WOW! I can’t believe it actually works. And the last reason that made me want to become an actor was the fact that everybody in my school was superb at sports, I always wanted to be amazing in sports but I sucked at everything, in basketball I was too short, in track I lacked speed, in bowling I lacked money (we had to pay crazy fees by those times) , even on Ping Pong I lacked coordination, but every time I did acting I exceled and got lots of awards and recognition for it so it was pretty obvious.

Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?

A: Hollywood is the place where the movies are made. It’s like a candy store to a small child. A beauty salon for the ladies, a gym for the fellas and my special sanctuary for dreams. Here is where stars are made, literally because there is a star at every corner of the Boulevard.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: I think sometimes Hollywood could be extremely overrated. It’s not really what you expect (Coming from a guy that lived for months there). I’m currently a resident of Downtown LA and I love it. Hollywood gets wayyy to crazy sometimes, because ALL the clubs are there so, expect a lot of people, Crazy amounts of TRAFFIC and it makes me so sad to say but there’s like tons of homeless people all around hollywood. I go to Hollywood all of the time I just don’t live there anymore because of these things.

Q:  What famous role could you have nailed?

A: Mostly commercials. There are tons and tons of commercials I would’ve nailed but I haven’t due to the fact that I haven’t signed with an agent yet. I been up for KFC commercials, Sprite Commercials, Chevy commercials and tons more brands, but the key to booking them is definitely having a good agent because they look up to that rather than auditions itself.

Q:  What method of acting do you ascribe to?

A: I’m all about Viola Spolin Technique and Groundlings. Improv is taking over the acting world. Taking names and kicking butt one day at a time. Almost 88% of the auditions I’ve been it’s all about improv, because just doing a cold read of the sides is not enough. I would say to all my fellow actors to take improv classes because is going to help you in the long run.

 

Q: What kind of day jobs have you had and how do they influence your work?

 A: This one made me smile. I feel like Kristen Wiig all of a sudden. She said one time on an interview similar to this one that she had numerous of ODD jobs. I’m the same guy. I worked cleaning boats, server at a  Mongolian stir fry restaurant, bartender, concession stand, ticket ripper and box office at a movie theater, receptionist for a electronic store, I was a Spanish teacher assistant for first graders, a Stand Up Comedian, I been even one of those guys that dresses up like Dora the explorer, Barney, Spongebob and all those characters for little kids birthday parties, and more and more jobs.

They’ve all helped me in any way, shape and form to make me the actor that I am today. I had to deal with an immense variety of people, so that helped me relate to each and every different type of audience/customer I get. Everything in this life is a learning experience.

Q: What is your wildest work story?

I’m not sure if this question means work as in regular work or now my acting work but let me give you an example of both.

Regular Work:

I’ve worked as a school mascot before so getting in a suit wasn’t a problem for me. When I got hired with the company Party Group for Kids back in Puerto Rico I had to dress up as many cartoonish characters. My first show I thought it was going to be a High School Musical show which didn’t require me to wear a suit, but it got cancelled. So, my first show I had to put on a suit to portray one of the characters from “The Backyardigans”. As soon as I came out, all of the kids came and hugged me and I could barely walk. This was in Puerto Rico and almost summer time so it was like 90 degrees plus I was in that suit. There was one of my co-workers that literally passed out because she couldn’t handle it. I was in the brink of passing out, but thankfully I didn’t.

Acting Work:

I thought that my acting career was always going to be glamourous like everybody dreams about. I wanted the leads, and the supporting roles all of the time. So my first “official” big thing I booked (besides plays) was a feature film. They booked me off my youtube videos because they liked me. My audition sucked, but thankfully they did a background check on me and found that I just got a little nervous on the audition and I’m an awesome guy. They cast me as the supporting role of Skippy. The only thing I knew about the character was that he was a male stripper and he had a lisp. So I started working out since I was going to be shirtless and practicing my daffy duck skills. They later told me that I need to get ready to wear short type of underwear, like a speedo, so I said cool. The day we finally started shooting, they gave me thongs to wear and I was like “WTF” , but then after an hour or so I decided to do it even though that wasn’t the way I wanted to start in the business, but hey everybody starts from something right? .

Q:  Who is your biggest acting hero and why?

 A: So many and I only get to pick one. I would say that my biggest acting hero and the only person I been starstruck when I met him was Robert Downey JR. He has great acting techniques and he comes from a theater background just like me. He’s exceptional in movies like Chaplin, IronMan and Sherlock Holmes and he always tries to reinvent himself in some type of way. He’s also a really nice guy and down to earth. He hangs out a lot in Hollywood and he’s truly a great actor. I hope I could have the opportunity to work with him someday.

Q: What director would you most like to work with.

There are so many directors to choose from. But, I’m a guy that loves the classics so I would have to say Steven Spielberg . He’s a genius, with movies like Jaws, E.T, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and more. He’s truly an amazing director and his creations are just marvelous. I go to the Universal Studios here in Hollywood and every time I see the set for War of the Worlds I just think is crazy what type of mind this guy has. I would love to work with him it would be a dream come true. I would also love to work with James Cameron, Christopher Nolan and others.

Q:  What makes you fameworthy?

A: I’m just unique in every way I am. I’m different and I’m trying to do it all. I may come at first glance as just a funny guy that has a very unique look, but extremely gifted at comedy. I’m also quite gifted in drama too, I just don’t do them too much because comedy is my passion, but a well-respected actor can swing through both like Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Shia Labeouf, Robert Downey J.R, and Bradley Cooper just to name a few. I’m willing, determined and young. Came here with a bag of dreams and just making them come true one step at a time.

 

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Southern California Bartender Bianca

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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Bianca is a Bartender who works at The Bull Bar located at: 3316 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 and My Place located at: 5452 Commercial Drive Huntington Beach, CA 92649

 

Q. How did you get into bartending?

A: I went to bartending school, but that was by no means how I got a job. I have

7 years of customer service experience on my resume and a degree in

communication studies. I went to the bar that I wanted to work, demonstrated

that although I did not have in bar experience, all of my other experience made

me qualified to do the job. I offered to work for free for two weeks and he took

me up on it. I did the job well and he hired me to bartend for him. After that I

built my resume and jobs came easily after that.

Q: What is the biggest difference between working in Orange County and working

in Long Beach?

A: The clientele in Long Beach is a bit more rough around the edges and those in

Orange County are more white collar, business people.

I have felt nervous walking to my car in Long Beach, but feel more safe in

Huntington Beach… Even though I live around the corner from the Long Beach

bar. Something about carrying cash there feels less secure than in Orange

County.

Q: What is  the best thing about your job?

A: I am a people person, so talking to and getting to know people from all walks

of life is great.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: When people drink, they tend to change, some for the better but most for the

worst. As one of my regulars says “alcohol does not actually make people more

attractive or charming… But they act as if it does.” Two minutes to a drunk

person seems like two hours, so impatience with a busy bartender is common.

Q What is your wildest bar story?

A: a schizophrenic man came into the bar once and ordered himself a pitcher of

beer. He told me his entire life story about how he was a “law enforcement

affiliate” with “international diplomatic immunity”. I played along. He then

showed me his “ID” to prove it. He took out a laminated, home-made card with a

paragraph long dissertation on the back about his affiliation with the royal

house of David, the English monarchy, the FBI, the Canadian Royal Mounted

Police, and so on. I was relieved by a coworker who told him to leave. He called

the police ON HER. They spoke with my coworker, got the story and took him to

jail.

Q: What is the saddest story you have ever heard from a customer?

A: A man came in and was a complete jerk to me one night. After being

ridiculously particular about his drink, he began to cry. I told him it was okay

and he said “no it’s not okay. Nothing is okay. I buried my wife today.” Then

the people in the bar, people who he had never met all began to support him,

buying him drinks, offering comforting sentiments, and anything they could. It

was touching, but tragic.

Q:  Why should my readers come to The Bull Bar?

A: It is a very laid back, no-filter type of place. The drinks are poured STIFF

and the bartenders are all friendly, outgoing girls. Live karaoke, live bands,

pool tables, and games.  

Q: Why should my readers come to My Place?

A: It reminds me of cheers! Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your

name and they’re always glad you came. The bartenders know their regulars and

their drinks. GREAT food.

Q: What is the best pick up line you have ever heard?

A: I think all pick up lines are pretty obnoxious… But a guy left me a $2 tip

on a $70 tab and wrote his number and a love note ended with call me and his

number on a napkin. First of all, your thank you and love note will not pay my

bills, and second… a love note? Really?

Q: If you were a mixed drink which one would you be?

A: royal peach. Peach schnapps and crown royal chilled (sweet but tough) with

Rockstar energy drink (energetic and ambitious).

 
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Actress Judy Cerda

Judy Cerda is a California based actress who appears in the film Tibet in Flames. Here is a link to her website:

http://www.imdb.me/judytheactress

Q. What made you interested in becoming an actress?

A. Watching TV as a little girl and gaining an interest in acting so I could pretend to be somebody else with a different family and a more exciting life. I used to watch commercials and tv shows and think to myself “I could do that!” and I would imitate the actors and create my own commercials to perform for my parents and neighbors. Then I started taking tap, ballet and jazz dance lessons which got me into performing. I knew then that I really wanted to be an actress more than anything else.

Q. What is Tibet in Flames about?

A. It’s a very dramatic and political movie about the situation in Tibet where Tibetans are committing suicide via burning themselves (hence the name) in rebellion to those opposing their religion. The movie shows how strongly the Tibetans feel about their religion and their right to practice it. It is currently making the rounds in different film festivals.

Q. What role do you play in the film?

A. I play the role of Matty, a doctor and the best friend of a Tibetan man on the verge of suicide. The role was a really emotional role and showed how sad it is to lose a best friend. I also had some beautiful scenes outside in a gorgeous garden in front of a lovely house so it was an enjoyable experience. The director and crew were wonderful to work with.

Q. What has been your greatest professional triumph?

A.  I think there have been several. One that comes to mind is being able to cry on cue in movies. My most emotional role was “Lola” in the movie “To You For You”. Lola is a woman on death row who is pleading with her lawyer/brother to save her from execution. This role required hours of filming and crying over and over again for the retakes and I think I did really well with that. I had to really ready myself for the role and the emotions it entailed during the rehearsal before we began filming. I also felt that a personal goal had been achieved when I had a lead role on the national tv show “I Almost Got Away With It” as Debra Mason, which was another emotional role that required crying, yelling and showing lots of emotion. This show has aired several times on the Discovery ID channel, the Discovery channel and On Demand TV.

Q. What has been your greatest disappointment?

A.  Projects that get cancelled. I have been cast in a few feature films and web series that got put on hold or cancelled due to lack of funds. This is a real disappointment when an actor goes to the trouble of auditioning and competing hard for the role, getting cast and then being informed later on that they are still working on obtaining funds, crew, etc. and that the project may not happen after all. That is such a waste of time and very discouraging.

Q. What method of acting do you employ in your work?

A. No particular method. I believe acting is about putting yourself in a character’s place, feeling empathy for this character and developing a style for that particular type of person. You have to really feel it and believe you are that person for it to work. I get irritated when I see so many bad actors out there who study under bad so-called acting teachers. I can usually spot them right away. They don’t show any emotions, they whisper and can hardly be heard, and are so afraid of overacting or projecting that they don’t act at all. It’s always easier for a director to tell an actor to tone it down than it is for them to try to get the actor to show emotions or act as a real person would. It’s better for actors to overact than underact in other words because doing something with a character is better than doing nothing, and being heard on camera is so important. Whispering can get an actor’s scene cut because they can’t be understood and therefore are a waste of time on the screen. When I play a character, I attempt to understand their feelings and their words, what they are going through in the scene, and then let it all out as I imagine the character would.

Q. What is your wildest backstage story?

A. When I was in the movie “The Final Duel” playing Coach Charlie, a fencing coach, there was another actress in the film who got really sick. We had been filming all day for a few days which included fencing lessons as the actors playing fencers in the movie and me as the fencing coach, needed to be able to play the sport for real somewhat. So we were pretty busy with our fencing in between our takes. Well this one girl seemed to have some kind of seizure which resulted in someone on the crew calling an ambulance. As it turned out, they were able to help her on the spot and did not take her to the hospital but she did need to lie down and rest the rest of the day. This changed the whole schedule that day as she was in several scenes, two of them with me. I suggested that we just do my close ups in the scene while she was down and let her do her other scenes the next day if she was better, but the crew seemed to be agitated and had a big meeting among themselves, and decided they all wanted to wrap for the day. They wanted me to come back a third day to complete my scenes with this girl, but I was unable to due to my filming in the movie “Albatross” as a TV reporter the next day. It turned out they ended up cutting those scenes between the girl and me since I couldn’t make it the next day. It was too bad because it shortened my role in the movie but this whole incident was unexpected and I did have my other filming commitment the next day.

Q. What do you like most about film acting?

A. Being able to portray so many different characters. It’s really exciting to play so many different roles the way I have. I have played prostitutes, TV reporters, school teachers, real estate agents, flirty girlfriends, cheating wives, nice wives, best friends, villainess women, queens, witches, victims and so many more types and it’s nice to challenge myself to be different people for each role. Watching yourself on the screen in a movie theatre or seeing yourself on tv is pretty thrilling too. It makes it all worth it.

Q. What do you like least about it?

A. Seeing others who are not as talented get roles because they know directors personally and have the time to follow them around in the business.

It’s hard if you know you have the right talent and look for a role but hear that a relative or long time friend got the role. I know one director who puts his neighbor/good friend in the lead in every movie he does without realizing that she really can’t act and incapable of showing emotion on screen, crying on screen or even showing the fear that some of the roles have required of her. When things like that happen, it’s easy to dislike this business and wish I had become a psychologist instead. There is some unfairness in this business whether we like to admit it or not.

Q. What film role could you have nailed?

A.  I could have played the role that Sandra Bullock played in The Blind Side movie. Not only did she have blonde hair like me in it, but she dressed just like me. I tend to wear a lot of short dresses/skirts and high heels. I dress up a lot for any occasion and she reminded me of myself the movie. Plus, she was very determined and organized in the way she played the role which is definitely my style. She was firm yet feminine and I know I could have played the role just as well.

An Interview With Filmmaker Warren Pereira

Warren Pereira is a filmmaker whose film The Hinglish Project garnered the Gold Lion prize at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Here is a link to  his website:

http://vimeo.com/warrenpereira

 

Q.    What is The Hinglish Project?

 

A.    The Hinglish Project is a project initiated by DDB Mudra Group Ad Agency with the support of Incredible India. The Project introduces the new typeface “Hinglish” that blends Hindi and English in turn demystifying the Hindi language for tourists. Most recently they premiered a film I directed for the “Hinglish” project at Cannes Lions and they ended up winning the Gold Lion.

Q. What made you interested in the project?

A. I liked the challenge of making a film to explain this novel and ambitious “Hinglish” linguistic hybrid and its applicable use. Also originally being from India, and having to do an international shoot added some attraction to the project.

Q. What’s wrong with traditional phonetic spelling?

A. Nothing to me. It has certain limitations, like language specificity, but nothing wrong about it.

Q. What is the most common misconception about India?

A. I have a heard a few misconceptions, not sure what the most common is by consensus. But sexism, against women, seems to be one misconception! I mean this is the country that elected Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister for four terms!

Q. Why should Americans visit India?

A. Culture, Color, Cuisine, Taj Mahal, Wild Tigers, Business opportunities, an Indian Wedding, and many other reasons.

Q. What is the biggest change you have seen in Indian culture in the last ten years?

A. I think all cultures are influenced by economic upward movement and the influx of western media. You see this in India too where a lot of traditional customs are now less believed in but done for traditional reasons only.

                                                                                                     

Q. What was the most challenging thing about your project?

A. There were a few challenges from getting tourists to be natural on camera to selecting the best locations and shooting hand held in hot, humid, crowded environments. But I think a lot of these added to the cinema verite style of the piece.

 

Q. What other subjects have you made films about?

A. Narratively I have focused on aesthetic obsession and relationship comedies. I am also in the research phase on a documentary on the Indian Tiger. My new feature script “Bathing in Honey” has me researching sexual empowerment, Saabs and drummers.

Q.  What is your wildest work story?

A. I can’t tell you, at least not in this interview, sorry.

Q. If you could change one thing about Hollywood what would it be?

A. I would change the way films are selected for the major theaters; I would like to see a more interesting selection.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)