Award-winning filmmaker, Jaime Peak talks to IndieReign about her hit film Mask as well as sharing some helpful tips for filmmakers.
Jaime Peak grew up going to theaters and watching old movies. Her passion for film was put in to action when she started making movies in the third grade. From then on she has gone from strength to strength winning the Grace Award in 2010 for the Women Filmmakers Achievement Award at the ACM Awards. She also ‘peaked’ (see what I did there) at the Aloha Accolade Award last year for Excellence in filmmaking for Mask from the Honolulu Film Awards.
We wanted to take a look into the filmmaking process of 5-star IndieReign film, Mask and find out more about Jaime’s experiences making films. Take a look at what she had to share…
“Mask is a poetic drama about a girl who wants to fit in with a clique at school; however, she soon discovers that some masks can’t be taken off and drives her life to ruin.”
The concept for this film actually came directly from a poem I wrote years ago by the same title. I found it to be strikingly visual in nature with an apparent arc so I decided to adapt it into a screenplay.
What kind of audience do you think will enjoy Mask the most?
I think that everyone can enjoy this film but women especially since it is a female driven story.
What were some challenges that you faced when making Mask and how did you overcome them?
We had so many obstacles to making this film I don’t even know where to start! The three biggest were getting it cast, camera rental, and sound. Kim Ip (Lauren) was signed on with us from the start. However, we had trouble finding our Jenny and had to push back our shoot dates till we found Nicole Huffman. Luckily it only put us back a week.
Is there anything about Mask which makes it unique?
I think the most unique thing about this film is that it took a poem with a theme that is so pervasive in our society and translated it in a literal fashion for the screen.
What was your greatest success when making Mask?
I think overall, my greatest success when making this film was making something that was a step up from my previous work. I am constantly trying to improve. After each film, I look back and see all the weak points and then let that teach me how to make the next film better. So it makes me really happy to see each film take a step past its predecessor.
Based on your experience, what are three bits of advice you would give to new filmmakers wanting to make their own movies?
1. My first piece of advice is to watch a lot of movies and TV and really study them. Pay attention to the camera movements and edits. Ask yourself “why does this work?” and “how does this work?”.
2. Second, get involved in every aspect of film you can, even if it’s not a role you are specifically interested in. There is always something to learn on set and it will make you a better filmmaker to know first hand all of the elements that go into making a film.
3. Finally, your greatest competition is you. I have seen so many film makers who get caught up in how good their film is but never improve. The truth is there is always something that could be better. Analyze your films and find those places you can improve. Then take that and let it guide and drive you to making your next film even better.
Bonus Question! If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
Funny you should ask this! I always say that if I meet Peter Jackson I will die and if I meet Alfred Hitchcock I’ll be dead anyway. If I had to pick one though, I guess I would have to go with Alfred Hitchcock. I have loved his films and his mastery of suspense since I was little. I am a huge Hitchcock nerd. I actually have his picture as the background on my phone. I would love to just talk to him and see how his brain works.
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