Interviews with crew
of the indie feature film Gabriela.
Yesica Pineda- Producers Assistant
I worked in pre-production. We were looking for locations, we
were looking for the crew and receiving all the resumes. We were
kind of organizing the project and it was a lot of office work
for me. I also had a line in the movie in Spanish that I didnt
know about before hand. My line was "Vas a estar moy feliz
" meaning "You are going to be very happy". Im
from Mexico City and have been here for three years. I studied
music but I like to be acting, I like performing and I like to
be on camera as you can see. Thats what I like, but mainly
I love to work with creative projects like this one.
First thing, is the sprit this project had, beginning from Vince
[Miller, director], what we want to say with it, and it involves
a lot of ethic culture, Latin culture, but mainly the spirit of
it [was what attracted me to this film]. My opinion is, you always
have to work with what people know about other cultures. You cannot
get to a stereotype because it is hard to explain in an hour or
an hour and a half what a cultures about. But I think it
talks about a really strong part of the Latin culture, at least
the Mexican part that is very important. Yes, I think he [the
director] gets the essence of what is the Latin culture about
in some ways, the themes he was talking about in the movie.
Mainly what I do is perform, so I work with all the tools that
I can have like acting, like writing and music, thats what
I love: to sing. I write lyrics and Ive been working with
scripts, and stories. Mainly I like to write what I see in life.
I have really believed in this project since the beginning. I
really believe that when you do something that you want to do,
and you believe in it, it doesnt matter what other people
think. Either its going to work or it isnt going to
work. I love this project, because everyone who worked on it really
believes in what theyre doing.
Yes [I was challenged] because being in Hollywood, and in any
place, but mainly here because everybody that is here is trying
to express whatever they want to do, and I love people who make
movies. So its a challenge just to be able to fight with
all the concepts that already exist in this city, just to get
an idea expressed. Basically money, which is really important
and also to fight with people instead of helping each other to
express their ideas, they always fight against it. So its like
a challenge to get to express what you feel. Im sorry Im
trying to say what I feel.
Its hard to make other people understand that youre
thinking in the same frequency. Everyone has their own perception
of things so think what fits this project is that everyone put
a little of their own understanding of what it is, but I think
that Vince has a lot of talent to communicate what he wants for
his project. No, its the first time [that I with anyone
from this project] and everyone is lovely, very talented. I met
really talented people here and I think thats great for
the project and for everything else. Its always good to
find talented people.
Interview by permission from the producers of Gabriela.