Filmmaker Q&A Gabrielle Stone

by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"

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DCP:
When and How did your love and enjoyment for cinema/filmmaking/acting begin?

 

Gabrielle Stone:
I grew up in this industry with both of my parents being actors. I loved it from an early age because it's where I would spend time on set with them and where I was comfortable. It always made sense that I would follow that route but wasn't until I did my first film 'Henry John and The Little Bug' that I realized: "Oh. I never want to do anything else."

 

DCP:
What are some films (of any genre) or actors/actresses that have impacted and influenced you the most? And Why?

 

GS:
I will never forget seeing Robin Williams in 'What Dreams May Come' and being so deeply affected by it. To this day that film will make me cry. To me, that is why we make films, to make people feel. And I know it's boring to hear, but the first time I saw my mom in Cujo I realized two things: 1.) My mom is a bad ass with a shotgun 2.) I want to be an actress

 

DCP:
Who and/or What inspires you as a person and as an artist?

 

GS:
I grew up as a dancer before I got into acting. I loved dance because you could tell stories and make people feel certain emotions. I think that's why I love acting so much. It's amazing that we as actors can have the ability to help, change, uplift, or affect people. As a person I'm inspired most by my mother. The things she's endured and survived in her life is something I will always look up to.

 

DCP:
What is one thing about yourself that people would be surprised to know about you?


GS:
I don't know if it's surprising...but I'm a huge foodie. Give me a good dinner and a bottle of wine and I'm a happy girl!

 

DCP:
Your newest short film, "It Happened Again Last Night", tackles a very serious topic in and seems to do so in such an intense way - Where did the story stem from, and can you walk us through the process of what it took to get it made, including the casting of some incredibly well known talent?


GS:
I co-wrote this film with my partner Roze. We wanted to capture a very real outlook on domestic violence and I believe we accomplished that in a very powerful way. We spoke with abuse survivors and really brought in real elements to the story. Getting the funding was the biggest challenge like with most films. Once we accomplished that through a crowdfunding campaign and two private investors we were able to move forward. Roze and I have some great friends in this industry and we were lucky to have so many people who believed in this project and wanted to work on it with us. Our cinematographer (Jayson Crothers, Chicago Fire NBC) was the perfect person to shoot this film. It was invaluable having him on set. As far as cast our casting director Ricki G Maslar was a big part in reaching out to people and getting them to read the script. Others were personal relationships and it really came down to everyone responding to the material and knowing what a powerful piece we were making.

 

DCP:
In this film you not only are acting in it, but you are working behind the camera as writer and co-director - What are some lessons you learned juggling 3 roles? And what was the most challenging part of that experience? Would consider doing more writing and directing?


GS:
It was REALLY FREAKING HARD. Not only was I in almost every scene, I was co-directing and producing. Thankfully I had Roze co-directing so I could focus on acting. Without him or Jayson I'm not sure we would have made out day! I definitely love directing, and will definitely be looking for another project to do so...but I will not be taking a lead in that project! I have major respect for people who juggle both. But this film was a passion project from the beginning. I produced from day one all the way through post and I loved (almost) every minute of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCP:
Can you tell us about any other projects you may be working on for the future?

 

GS:
I just signed on to a horror film that I can't yet announce, and have a lot of things that are in the works but not quite official yet. My film 'Ava's Impossible Things' is available on Vimeo right now and 'Dance Night Obsession' and 'Death House' should be out later this year.

 

Gabrielle Stone is also running an Indie GoGo Fundraising Campaign to help pay for the film's Post Production! You can be a part of making that happen by donating and/or sharing! Every dollar and ever share counts! 

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