Featured Filmmaker: Amanda Rosenblatt

Amanda Rosenblatt was one of Virgin Mobile’s Little Local Monsters for Lady Gaga and now she is our Featured Film Artist! Take a moment to learn more about her and her passions.

Q: What was the last movie you saw?
A: “Sucker Punch” and I loved it! I know it got a lot of backlash from the general public, but I think it was because people saw the previews and expected it to be a 100% action movie with eye candy in the mix. In reality, it had a beautifully deep story line with rich graphics and was more of a commentary on the potential danger of daydreams, past treatment towards the mentally ill, and obviously corruption. That, and the great soundtrack pulled it all together. I also saw “Paul” around the same time period, which was an excellent and funny film.

Q: What has been your most memorable project to date?
A: I would have to say it’s a tie between two projects. The first would have to be my first professional short film called “Zombies!” I did it as part of an on-campus film competition and it was an amazing process. I shot it, had to play a role in it due to an actress not being available last minute, and edit it to deadline. I loved the experience and it sparked my passion for editing.

The second project was making a video out of a Westboro Baptist Church counter-protest that happened at Comic Con 2010. This radical group, who has protested at the sites of hate crime funerals, soldiers’ funerals and even Ground Zero around 9/11/01, came because they felt people there were idolizing comic book heroes more than or to the same level as God. I loved the response the convention goers had and it was sign of modern day activism in motion. I haven’t even promoted the video which came about from the counter-protest on a wide scale and in less than a year, it’s garnered close to 5,000 views and has been embedded on The Huffington Post’s website.

Q: Do you have a dream project in mind? If so, have you started it?
A: My dream project has always been to chronicle the stories of fanatics in a documentary about fanaticism and pop culture. I have seen the way mega-fans have been portrayed in the past, whether fictionally or in a non-fiction setting, and in regards to most depictions it upset me that more of the focus was on their unusual personalities rather than their back stories. There are reasons people become so deeply wrapped up in their interests and I want to delve into this concept.

I’ve already started on this all by myself and have filmed a ton of great subjects, including interviews with Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”, “30 Days”) and Dannielle Owens-Reid (Virgin Mobile’s main Lady Gaga Monster Blogger). I don’t know how far this documentary will go, but it for sure won’t be done until after summer of 2011 anyway.

Q: What advice would you offer to someone else starting out in your field?
A: My advice would be don’t quit your day job. No, seriously, when you first start out wanting to do something in journalism or film, you are going to have to start out with a lot of either freelance work or low paying gigs. I’m still not making a living off of what I truly want to be doing, but that’s fine because it makes me want it more. I literally get up at 6 in the morning, go to my full time office job from 8 to 5, I go home and work on my never ending list of projects until bed anytime between midnight or 2 a.m.

Q: What does creativity mean to you?
A: Creativity is the feeling you get inside where the visuals crank in your head and the energy builds up in your heart to the point where you can’t sleep and you can’t sit still until your vision is made an actuality. Whether it’s editing a film scene a certain way, or writing an article in a specific tone, or waiting until the sun hits something just right before you snap a photo – creativity is a moment to cultivate in, but the result lives on forever for you to share with others. Society would go on, but it would be meaningless. I’d be nowhere without it.

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