Gabrielle Hawkins is a filmmaker and artist who pulls inspiration from politics, art, dance and every day life. She has worked on music videos with Beyonce, The Roots and John Legend and the Chris Rock film “Top Five”.
I know Gabby from the Brooklyn College Film Production Degree Program. Like myself, it wasn’t a straight path to success for this fellow female filmmaker, who found herself unable to get a job after graduation.
While working a full time job to pay the bills, she still makes time for her passion of filmmaking. She’s currently directing her first feature film “Criminals”. We talk about some of the roadblocks, setbacks and struggles she’s going through, so you don’t have to! I break down my absolute WORST filmmaking experience, and what I learned from it. We share tips on how to be a better director, avoid losing footage, the most important person to have on set and who you should kick out immediately!
We discuss Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art” and how it relates to us as filmmakers. When making a film resistance comes in many forms, but trust that if you are encountering setbacks and struggles with your process, it means that you are on to something good. Gabby says, “There’s always going to be some kind of nightmare… Filmmaking is never smooth”.
Gabrielle Hawkins’ website: www.gabriellealikehawkins.com
Feature Film Criminals: www.criminalsthemovie.com
My thesis Film Perspective: www.laurameoli.com/perspective
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