Spotlight: Lena Barkin

LSP Member Spotlight - 2016.01.20

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

I was looking for experience in filmmaking and found an ad on Craigslist offering internships.

2. What first interested you in film?

I've always enjoyed telling stories. I started out reading books but found that movies and television were much more immediate and occasionally more rewarding because of the time invested in delivering the story. One movie in particular that moved me was Brick, a film noir set in a high school. Through that movie I saw how stylization and tight narrative could really make an impact on the viewer.

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

I really love the collaborative aspect of workshopping and brainstorming ideas. Writing a first draft is difficult, but editing is usually fun because the stress of developing the structure is off. I also love the creativity and experimentation that happens on set. Some of the best comedy and character moments happen just by getting a lot of enthusiastic people in one place.

4. What is your experience in filmmaking?

I've done some video editing and a little directing in high school, but I've mostly written scripts.

5. What are some of your filmmaking ambitions?

I'm currently applying to grad school for Film and Television Studies. I'd like to continue writing scripts on my own time while also working to preserve the cultural history of TV.

 — with Lena Barkin

Living Storm