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Direction Interview: 20 Innovative Questions with Jamielyn Lippman

Direction Interview: 20 Innovative Questions with Jamielyn Lippman

Riddhi Bhattacharya

Hello Reader, 

I am Riddhi Bhattacharya, a student, freelance blogger and writer and editor at The Teen Pop Magazine. My passion resides in etching down feelings of my heart and notions of my mind – conveying them to the world with my speeches, debates, articles and blog posts. 

Today I am in conversation with actor and director, Jamielyn Lippman!

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights“.

She has worked in shows(acted or directed) such as Beyond Belief: Fact or FictionNormStrong MedicineThe Real Housewives of Orange County; movies such as Boogie NightsThe JoyridersColette’s Last BathZoeManicRent ControlThe MailmanThe AbsentThe VictimTreacheryThe Listing; documentaries such as When the Bough Breaks3 Years in Pakistan. She has also directed two music videos: Shoes starring Mina TobiasMadchen AmickCasey CottSkeet Ulrich and Hand Made House: In Bloom starring Victoria Baldesarra and James Preston.

She recently finished directing her upcoming movie, Killer Weekend and also has projects such as The Price of PrideThe Limitations of JusticeActor’s LifeNothing to See Here, Hollywood Gamble and Hollywood Trick.

Jamielyn Lippman is a member of Women In FilmIFP Film Independent and currently resides in Sherman Oaks, CA with her husband and two daughters.

Direction Interview with Jamielyn Lippman

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Hey Jamielyn! It’s so great to be in conversation with you! How are you doing today?
Hi Riddhi, I am great, thank you! I love being part of this!

So let’s begin with what inspired you to become a director? 
I fell in love with films at seven years old. My dad took my siblings and me to the movies every week. We didn’t see kid films we saw whatever he was seeing. Being inside that theatre was and still is my favourite place to be. Its where I feel most myself and knew I would spend the rest of my life being a part of that world.

Do you have a speciality or favourite subject area for your films?
I am really drawn to true-life stories. I also write and like to create my own dark worlds.

How long does it take to research and make a film? 
When researching a documentary it takes years. A lot of your research is done while making the film which is why I want to have a camera capturing the entire process.

What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you? 
Every aspect is important to make a great film but it starts with the writing. Cinematography is also one of the most important elements for me. You also need to have the right team, the problem I see with a lot of films that fail is they hire all these people from the cast to crew with strong credits but they don’t fit the project.

Your acting debut was with phenomenal Oscar-winning actors like Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds and Philip Seymour Hoffman. How was the experience like working with such eminent personalities? 
Burt Reynolds told me so many wonderful stories about his life and what it was like when he first started out in Hollywood. I was nineteen years old and spent the day with that talent and Paul Thomas Anderson who is one of my favourite directors is a day I will never forget.

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What gave you the idea for your highly renowned movie, “3 Years in Pakistan”? 
I have known Erik Audé since he was seventeen years old. We had the same agent and became fast friends. I knew him before during and after his incarceration. I will never forget the day I opened the LA Times and saw his face on the cover. I knew that he was innocent and needed a chance to tell his story.

You were the director for the music video “Shoes”, in which you worked with youngsters such as Mina Tobias, Casey Cott, Ashley Bromfield, Jordon Connor and Hayley Law and also reputable actors such as Madchen Amick, Skeet Ulrich and Robin Givens. How was it like working with such a wide variety of different stars? Mina had this great idea for a video and her manager and my friend Alaina asked me if I wanted to direct it. All of the actors sent in videos of them dancing which we incorporated with the footage we shot in Venice beach.

Your upcoming movie, “Killer Weekend” was scheduled for 2020. Given the situation around the pandemic what difficulties and struggles did you have to overcome when it comes to completing the filming, editing, etc? 
Fortunately, the film is complete and we managed to get distribution with Gravitas Ventures. The film will be released on October 14th 2020.

What can you tell us about your upcoming directorial release, “Actor’s Life”? What made you make the choice of the stars you chose to portray as part of the documentary? 
This documentary started over ten years ago. All of the actors in it are friends of mine. I thought it was important to tell the story of real day to day life of an actor. The ups, downs and dedication it takes to devote your life to something with no guarantees. I decided many years ago what this film need was a lapse in time. We plan to go back after the pandemic and see where everyone ended up almost 15 years later.

What was the most important lesson you had to learn that has had a positive effect on your films? 
You can’t control the outcome of the film only your craft. Don’t focus on where its gonna go and what’s its gonna do for you just focus on making the best film you can.

What might our readers find surprising about the challenges you face in your work? 
The biggest challenge is never having a big enough budget. Work with what you have, you will learn to be resourceful and it will make you a better filmmaker.

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What is the role of film festivals? 
Film Festivals are great because it gives your film more exposure. It is also a place to network with other filmmakers. I have collaborated with many filmmakers I have met at festivals.

What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why? 
Every film made by my favourite director Stanley Kubrick especially “Barry Lyndon” & “2001”. I am also a big fan of John Cassavetes, Paul Thomas Anderson & Quinten Tarantino. They are all inspiring to me in different ways and the directors who I relate the most to. I would say the films I write such as “Hollywood Trick” & “Hollywood Gamble” are most similar in style to Tarantino.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a filmmaker? 
Watch as many films as you can, every day every genre. Also, you learn by doing so shoot as much as you can. I went to films and I went to film school which I think equally contributed to my skill set. The other piece of advice is to always be prepared. I would never walk on a set without having shot listed my entire film and having a concrete plan. That being said I am always open to change and the magic that happens on the set.

Thank you so much for joining me Jamielyn! I completely enjoyed talking with you!
Thank you so much for having me Riddhi!
If you would like to know more about Jamielyn Lippman, stay tuned with The Teen Pop Magazine.

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Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

Jamielyn Lippman has always been in love with film making and the big screen from a young age, where she performed for an audience in the theatre and been on a nationwide broadcasted commercial. After graduating from High School, Jamielyn went to Hollywood to follow her dreams of being on the silver screen, making her first debut in “Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars” and big-screen credit in “Boogie Nights”.

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