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Movie Jobs - First-Hand Accounts from the Set of Gabriela.
Alodie Fernanda
Gilbert Kelly
Pablo Violeta

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Interviews with crew of the indie feature film Gabriela.

Alodie Lopez- Set Decorator/ Prop Master

I was going to Ithaca College in New York. Coming out here was completely on my own. I came out here first semester and interned for Vincent and we kept in touch second semester. Then he was starting to shoot right when school was over. So I hopped on a plane and came over. I didn’t know what all my responsibility were when I was first given the opportunity to be a set decorator. I just like decorating, I like making things look presentable and pretty, so I was ready for it whatever it was. I’m a responsible person, I’m a hard worker so I thought I could handle whatever it was they gave me.

There are so many different- all people are different so usually Hispanics are portrayed in one way whether they’re a maid or a gangster or a thief and she was real. She is a career woman, she had positives and negatives. She was a normal person like anyone else.

Adrian, the DP, is definitely a demanding person. And I’d have to say that the Crafts Room [set] was definitely the hardest for me. I spent a lot of time dressing it and then when the shooting was actually happening, I was running all over the place moving things around depending where the camera was. Climbing up and down ladders, so that was a hard day, a very demanding day. We pretty much try to go over what his ideas are and then we dress it. Usually he’ll comes to check it out and he’ll tell us where the camera’s going to be so we know exactly what spots need to be looking nice, no empty spaces and stuff. Then once the cameras is actually set up, sometimes it’s different from where he thought it was going to be, so then things have to be moved around depending on where the actors are, how tall the actors are. Things have to be raised or lowered or moved a little to the right because you can’t see it with the camera.

Definitely, I kind of knew that I wanted to do it before, but I didn’t know exactly what it consisted of. So now that I’ve done it and experienced it, it’s definitely something I want to pursue once I graduate. I’ve done it on student films, like friends of mine, stuff like that, but I’ve never done something this big.

There’s only so much you can learn in a classroom or from a teacher, even when you work on a student film and do it yourself. But to go out there and do it with people that I’ve never met before and having to work together and the bond that you form with the crew. Like, I’ve seen what I can do and I feel like I did a really good job for my first time and I know I’m just going to get better and better as I work on more and more films. So to start pretty up there, I think for my first film I can only go up from here. So it was definitely an amazing experience. I loved everybody on the crew, I made friends, people I want to keep in touch with, so many hard workers. There are so many people on the crew I admire. I couldn't’t have imagined [the experience] to be as good as it was. Being around so many people is inspirational. Working with all these people, so hard working, and there’s just such a vast array of so many types of people. French people, British people, like we had so many Hispanics; hearing Spanish on the set was just so exciting. This is the first time I can see myself living out here. I want to come out here after I graduate. I want to go finish school, get that done and then come back out here and start at it again.

Interview by permission of producers of Gabriela.



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