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Nuno Sá Pessoa, film director at Skookum Films, is a true global visual storyteller. Educated in Denmark, based in Portugal, and working extensively in Brazil and the United States, Sá Pessoa knows firsthand what it means to collaborate internationally.

“Cinema, as any other art,” says Sá Pessoa, “should have no boundaries. It’s a global language and the more you know of the world and its people, the easier it is for you as an artist to express what you want in a way that can reach each and every kind of person.”

FILMMAKER NUNO SA PESSOA Republished by Bob Gillen

Posted by: Bob Gillen on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:52:08 pm
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Photographer Trinette Reed

“The unknown is where the good stuff happens,” says photographer Trinette Reed. “Not knowing what you are doing is an integral part of being a good artist.”

Visual storytellers Trinette Reed and her partner Chris Gramly are commercial photographers who frequently contribute to the online Storehouse app. Their posts take the form of short stories featuring text, photos and video. Reed offers advice on putting together an engaging story.
“I think it is really about finding a balance,” says Reed, “between allowing for the unknown and at the same time being as prepared as possible for your shoot ahead of time. That is always our goal.”

Photographer Trinette Reed Republished by Bob Gillen

Posted by: Bob Gillen on Dec 11, 2014 at 11:25:55 am
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Cecilia Queiroz on Film Festivals in Brazil

“Most movies we present show a Brazil that few people know.”

Film festival curator and manager Cecilia Queiroz has exhibited more than 500 Brazilian films in global markets. Her responsibilities include organizing workshops, networking and pitching with professionals in the film industry at the festivals.


Posted by: Bob Gillen on Nov 24, 2014 at 10:23:47 pm
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Brazilian Filmmaker Roberto Studart

“For the action shots I would tie myself to a car with mountain climbing equipment, where I was, literally, one inch from the ground at 60 mph.”

Brazilian filmmaker Roberto Studart shot Curvas e Ladeiras, a skateboard adventure about four girls in breathtaking downhill action in the mountain towns of his country.

“I love the Curvas e Ladeiras project,” says Studart, “because it was shot in real underground conditions and the end result is so nice. Brazil is a huge country and we were all over the place. We had to carefully plan our logistics to overcome the really tight budget. The idea was to have four girls, sexy, fun, fearless, travelling around Brazil in search of downhill skate action.”

Brazilian Filmmaker Roberto Studart Republished by Bob Gillen

Posted by: Bob Gillen on Nov 17, 2014 at 6:55:19 pm
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The reality show “OUTrageous” is the brainchild of veteran producer/writer/filmmaker Pony Gayle. Gayle is developing the show as an interactive web series.
What kind of story is she hoping to tell with the project? “A real life story,” says Gayle. “This is a passion project for me. I feel it is important to showcase a series about great women who are part of the LGBTQ community. We are in a historical time with LGBTQ issues at the forefront of the civil rights struggle. Our show will show a slice of our personal investment in this civil rights movement from an everyday perspective.”

Posted by: Bob Gillen on Nov 13, 2014 at 2:37:11 pm
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“Leave out the Parts People Skip”

Recently YA author Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) tweeted: Every time you skim a novel, a kitten dies in a paragraph you skipped over. Do you want kittens to die? No. No one does. READ ALL THE WORDS.

“Leave out the Parts People Skip” Republished by Bob Gillen

Posted by: Bob Gillen on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:13:08 am
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Action camera operator and DP Lawrence Ribeiro joins us again (See his original interview) with comments on the importance of observing and appreciating viewpoints in camera work.

“Viewpoints, in my eyes, are the catalyst to collaboration. Create!

“Some years ago the combination of doing Search & Rescue, Heli-logging and studying Native American mythology/tracking gave me the eyes to see and feel the land. The wind, clouds, leaves colors, soil texture/impact, sound of the birds…all tell a story and is much more accurate then most modern devices as nature has been around a lot a longer. The ability to observe is almost gone.”



Posted by: Bob Gillen on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:05:44 am
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“Apart” Available Now on Amazon

When Cabe Wray, sixty-one and a business technology salesman, abruptly quits his job and his career, he feels himself drawn to intensify the search for his long-missing twin sister. On the advice of a friend, he hires a documentary filmmaker to create an Internet-based video about the search. The hope—that someone will recognize her and provide answers to her whereabouts.

The filmmaker, driven to make this project a success, brings on a young woman friend to help with the production. Her role in the video project quickly deepens, as she becomes the catalyst that forces Cabe to grapple with his own long-buried memories and emotions…

And to understand what drove his sister to disappear.

Ebook now on Amazon: “Apart”

“Apart” Available Now on Amazon Republished by Bob Gillen

Posted by: Bob Gillen on Oct 21, 2014 at 12:52:51 pm
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Playwright/Actor Andrew Lynch on Death Row Cowboy

“There are so many ways of creating a story,” says actor and playwright Andrew Lynch, “and I don’t believe one way is better than another. I think it is important to know what works for you. For me, I love watching a film or piece of theatre that makes me think, ask questions and analyze characters long after I viewed it. In my opinion I believe that a strong underlying theme plays a big role in achieving that.”

Andrew Lynch co-wrote Death Row Cowboy with Mark McCabe and is coming off several runs acting in the lead role in the play in Dublin, Ireland. In the story, a young inmate, imprisoned for murder in Oklahoma, awaits his execution.

Posted by: Bob Gillen on Sep 3, 2014 at 7:03:47 pm
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Actor/Producer Sinead O’Riordan

ORion Productions founder Sinéad O’Riordan: “The lack of strong female roles and the hugely competitive nature of the industry inspired me to establish my own production company.” O’Riordan, a Dublin-based actor and producer, works in both theater and film. She recently produced and acted in the Irish tour of playwright William Mastrosimone’s The Woolgatherer and starred in the 2013 indie film The Bible Basher.

O’Riordan comments on acting for stage and for film. “Really I would approach both the exact same,” she says, “and apply the same techniques for both. Once I am given a script, be it a theatre or film piece, then I will read it once and let it settle. I will read it a second time and let it settle, and on the third read I start to have an image of the character forming in my head. Sometimes I will look at a blank wall just to envisage what that character would look like and indeed what traits they may have.


Actor/Producer Sinead O’Riordan Republished by Bob Gillen

Posted by: Bob Gillen on Aug 21, 2014 at 9:49:45 amComments (1)
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