Vicki Trusselli [vicsflick]
What is your specialty? Production, direction, something else?
My speciality is video/multi media production. This includes photography, video editing and graphics.
Is there a link to a site where we can see references to your work?
http://www.myspace.com/vicsflicks, http://www.youtube.com/vicsflick, etc. I use metacafe, indiegogo, google video and various other venues on the internet. You can google vicsflick, oneeyeopenproductions, vicki trusselli or mike greene and find our productions and multi-media work.
How did you begin in this field? Who introduced you to it?
I got into this field when I began Professional Makeup Artistry training in Southern California. I had previously studied Journalism and had worked at The Los Angeles Times in advertising. I worked some free lance positions in makeup for movies. I worked with my ex-partner in California in documentary production. I like to combined my graphics, journalism and artistic talents into the production of short films, documentaries and real life stories about human concerns. Living in Southern California in the North Hollywood area one grows up surrounded by entertainment and it is a way of life.
Which have been the most symbolic works of your career?
I have worked with many musicians in California and some in Austin, Texas. I transfer the music into the reality of the film. I like to transpose many of words of the music and/or songs to help create the scenario of the documentary or short film.
Do you work for a client, for the audience, or for your own creative adventure?
I have worked for clients and for myself and my own mystique. Sometimes working for clients as a filmmaker/visual artist one can actually conflict artistically with people and the egos of musicians and artists. My theory is to finally complete some kind of artistic awareness of social awareness or artistic awareness without conflicting with others to the extinct that they want to make my art work into their egocentric perplexed reality when the production of my creativity and they try to squash anything that I have done into either their own reality or to squash my reality into oblivion. I want people to be productive and wish for their own productions to create a reality of their own. I create art that is mine. If I wanted to create a piece of work for someone else then it would not be my work.
What should a good script have in order to interest you?
A good script includes interview questions for persons being interviewed and to me I like human interest stories.
Name three contemporary directors or producers that you admire.
I like David Lynch, Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and directors or producers who utilize the characterization of their characters to be reality characters and sometimes living on the fringe of society and to tell the truth about the world and reveal truths of government, politics as well as relationships between people and life experiences.
What movies or television shows inspired you to work in this field?
I do not exactly know except as a young child I was excited about music, art and film. My grandfather who passed away when I was very young was a writer and artist. He was a big influence on me the first three years of my life.
If an actor delivers the lines but is not believable, how do you direct him/her?
I tell them to walk a mile in the characters shoes.
What actor would you love to work with and what type of character would you propose to him/her as a challenge?
Sean Pean is a great actor. I loved his character in Milk. The challenge for any actor is to become the person that they are protraying. I also like Nicholas Cage and many many more. Elizabeth Taylor inspired me as young girl.
Are you the type who instantly knows when a take is good, or one who does another three takes to be safe?
I know when something is right most of the time. It is best to have at least 3 to 4 takes unless is filming a one time concert or interview and then there would be only 1 take.
What type of direction are you used to giving the director of photography?
The mood, the scenario, the character and the story content along with the music content all reflect on the direction that I would like the director of photography to adventure into and to direct between lighting and darkness. I like more light even in the very dark scenes which a lot of people with HD are lighting. I think in my opinion a director of photography should understand the history of film, lighting, technique of silent films and over all picture of film and the beginnings. To know the history of film is to direct scenes that are still visible to the eye even when the scenes are at night. The director of photography should understand the concept of black and white and color. Film is an art.
How interested are you in image technologies such as robotized cameras, special effects, etc.?
I love technology and of course the special effects and green screen are great. Sometimes in a creation of art film one must understand the old with the new. I think if you film with only the modern technology first without the knowledge of the history of film one becomes only in the now. It is kind of like my conversation with an acquaintance at a rock n roll shop this past weekend. He told that the younger people ages 15 -20 were buying vinyl records along with a record player that hooked into their USB port. The songs on the vinyls included more music and songs from their favorite musicians from the past that actually had influenced the musicians of the now. They said the vinyls lasted longer than the cds. The culture has produced a throw away mentality of forgetting the past and just living now and the future. With forgetting the past, one is bound to not realize his or her mentality when he or she wakes up in the future that was a part of the past.
Which has been your experience with conflicts between direction and production?
The conflicts that I have experienced dealt with egos of artist, musicians and control freaks.
Do you enjoy post-production, or do you prefer to leave that in the hands of other professionals?
I love editing......and graphics and music.....oh yeah!
Do you approach an editing session with a clear idea of what you want to do or with an attitude of experimentation?
I approach an editing session with ideas. I have my music ideas completely together. Then again sometimes my opinion may change as I paint my way through each editing session.
What magazines or websites of the sector do you follow regularly?
I follow my space, you tube, etc. I follow Associated Content.com, PC Mag, Avid and various film magazines as well as newspapers and other filmmaker sites.
What is the best movie than you have seen in the last year, and why did it seem especially good?
Milk for the performance of Sean Penn and Slum Dog Millionaire for the performances of the children and the other characters.
Do you eat popcorn at the movies?
I pop my own and watch movies on Netflix and the internet and TV.
What do you think of public subsidies for cinema?
I support public subsidies for the art. Art is very important for life.
What respect does the reality phenomenon deserve? What experiences have you had with this genre?
I am not into reality programming of what the new genre has created. Reality programming is a good documentary that utilizes art intermixed with the interviews to create a piece of work that is interesting to different mentalities and interweaves through thought processes of different people
What works best for you when selecting an actor: an audition, seeing some of his/her previous work or having a long conversation with him/her?
I perfer an audition, seeing previous work and yes having a long conversation with him or her.
Do you like to have a second unit or do you prefer to control every still of a production?
Second units work great on large productions.
Do you change the dialogue after selecting the actors in order to adapt the characters to them?
The script is telling a story and yes the dialogue can be changed if the situation occurs that the script does not match the scenario.
Which do you like more, large budget or small independent productions?
Large productions need to be be over seen by the money people and that is why I perfer smaller indie productions.
Do you like to experiment with new technology immediately or do you prefer to wait for it to develop?
I like new technology and yes sometimes it is best to wait for it to develop. I bought a DVD digi camera and the people whom produced it did not all about it.
Is the future of cinema the Internet? Mobile phones?
I love the cinema on the internet and cells. The over all experience of surround sound and the cinema in a theater is an ultimate experience.
Does the concept of interactive video stir up creative thoughts for you, or does it leave you cold?
The interactive video concept is exciting and can be creative.
What recommendations do you have for someone who wants to break into in the industry?
Attend a film school or take film classes where they offer the history of film. The industry is very competitive and one has to have a tough skin to proceed. It can be an artistic experience or an experience where one wakes up one morning to discover that all of his or her work has been deleted by people of idealism that is not artistic.