WATCH MY FRIEND NINA’s TEASER! (and see me acting as hipster Jade)
If you follow me on Twitter or FB you may have seen just over a month ago when my friend Nina and I were tweeting a lot about developing & pitching our digital series and getting people to vote between the two titles: Long Johns and Lingere and Lipstick and Long Johns, and the latter was the winner. So you may be wondering how it went from being our project to her project- let me explain.
We spent four months working on developing the digital series bible together, flushing out the world, the characters and their backstories but we started running into some serious problems when we started trying to do the actual writing- see, she didn’t like anything I wrote and I didn’t like what she wrote! We both have very different voices, and we write & make films for different reasons. Some of the things Nina finds funny, I find offensive, and some of the story lines I’d like to see, she just didn’t like. And we come from different places-she’s studied acting and yoga and I’ve studied women’s studies and creative writing. Her acting background makes her a wonderful director and she gives really insightful feedback and is able to pull passion and emotion out of her actors with ease. I really value and respect her unique talents and creativity, but I think my women’s studies background has made me overly critical of mainstream comedy and female representation. Also I’m queer and she’s not. I always want to make sure to have some queer characters and try my best to make sure any/all queer representation are progressive and break down stereotypes- but this isn’t really a focal concern for her.
Creative collaboration is haaarrd at the best of times, and someone always has to have creative control. The problem is, we’re both leaders, and neither one of us wanted to be the sidekick. We were also both concerned about having our names on something that didn’t feel true to us and who we are/want to be as creators and filmmakers. We’ve been friends for a long ass time and I didn’t want this one project to get in the way of our friendship, so i decided to back out, and focus on my own solo projects instead.
However, I still fully support the project and Nina’s endeavours to bring an original Yukon women’s-centric comedy to life! Because – duh-that’d be sweet! Not to mention, I love her to death and want her to succeed in everything she pursues!
So go get ’em girl!
and when she gets the funding to produce the series- I WILL be auditioning for the role of Jade. –>
So yeah, that’s the scoop! Watch the teaser and like it and share it and stuff. ❤
Heidi J. Loos