Spotlight: Karla S. Bryant

LSP Member Spotlight - 2014.09.08

1. How did you find out about Living Storm Productions? What made you want to become part of the group?

After having lived out of state for 35 years, my husband’s job with Wisconsin Public Radiobrought me back to Wisconsin in September 2013. In recent years, I’d been writing screenplays and fiction. I’d just had my short story, “Full Circle”, published in Dappled Things Magazine, a literary quarterly. When talking about the upcoming move on Facebook, an old high school friend, Jeff Blankenship, noticed my writing background. He had been directing films forLiving Storm Productions and he thought we should touch base once I got settled in the Madison area. After we met, he thought it would be a good idea for me to meet the rest of the Living Storm Productions group. They were in need of a Publicity Director at the time and, between some advertising I’d worked on in the past and my current writing, it seemed like a position I could fill. They agreed. And so I joined the team.

2. What first interested you in film?

Hmm, like most people, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t excited to see specific films. A few of those, early on, that made me realize how deeply a film can emotionally touch, delight or torture a viewer were Butch Cassidy & Sundance KidRosemary's BabyThe GraduateJawsThe GodfatherStar WarsMonty Python and the Holy Grail, and American Graffiti. Also, there had been a revival of Gone With The Wind and I spent a couple years seriously obsessing over Clark Gable.

3. For you, what’s the most exciting part about making a film?

When Living Storm Productions recently produced a film adaptation of my short story, “Full Circle”, it was my first time on set. I ended up helping out with locations, auditions, and set design, so it was exciting to have so many new experiences within one production. For me, there’s a tie for the most exciting part about making a film: those moments when the actors are completely immersed in their characters so that the dialogue sounds like you’re overhearing someone else’s actual conversation and when I had the chance to peek into the monitor and saw exactly how the scene was going to look on screen. I’m sure the latter was especially rewarding in this case as I could see how beautifully filmed the scene was and how good the acting had been.

4. What is your experience in filmmaking?

While I’ve had experience in screenwriting, I’d had no experience at all in filmmaking. Having been on the set for “Full Circle” has given me an entirely fresh perspective that I hope will improve my screenplays.

5. What are some of your filmmaking ambitions?

My comfort zone remains writing. In terms of filmmaking, my goal would be to have a number of feature screenplays produced.

— with Karla Siemering Bryant.

Robert Westervelt