Tell us about yourself, your current work, examples of your work
My name’s Marina Bruno, I’m 19-year-old and I am an indie filmmaker! My father is a filmmaker, so I’ve been immersed in the art form my entire life. I made my first movie when I was 3, using my home camcorder and dinosaurs toys! I made my first official short film when I was 16, with my best friends who share the same passion for film as I do. That year I founded my production company “Wondering Pictures”, and since then have created another 6 short films, all of which are featured on my YouTube channel. I write, direct, produce and edit each of my projects. I also design the posters and titles of my films. During the summer of 2014 I wrote, directed and produced my very first feature film, “Cotton String”. I am currently working on it in post-production.
When did you first decide you wanted to be in film
I choose to go independent with my film because I have no other choice! I’m a newbie filmmaker, and with my parents support I was able to gather the funds to create the films I’ve made. A challenge I faced was dealing with the responsibilities and stresses that come with production and planning all the actors, equipment, props, locations etc. But that is an obstacle every filmmaker has to take on and one that inevitably comes hand-in-hand with movie making.
Given how independent films are produced there is usually very little or no money spent on cast and crew, given this why do you work in independent productions, are they a springboard to more commercial opportunities?
A piece of advice to a budding filmmaker is to stay strong, no matter what. The moment you feel hopeless and like giving up, that’s the moment that you must push the hardest!
What or who inspires you to do what you do? Which films, actors or crew do you most look up to?
A few filmmakers that absolutely inspire me are Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Trentino.
If you could put one role, acting or crew, on your Filmography what would it be?
I believe crowd funding is an excellent way to fund indie film. Honestly there’s no specific way to do it, as long as you get what you need, that’s all that matters!
Independent films generally struggle for funding,do you believe the current crowd funding sites (Kickstarter,Indiegogo etc) work for film,or is there a market for a film specific model?
I have no idea! My plan is to just keep making films, and what happens will be completely unpredictable and contingent.
Thank you Marina, please check out her work.