We had been fortunate sufficient to have a chat with Xenia Leblanc forward of the world premiere of her model new net collection Gritty & Fairly, which can be screened on the Dances With Movies Competition on September fifth.
Hi there Xenia, thanks for taking the time to take a seat down and chat with us.
Are you able to shortly inform us what Gritty & Fairly is all about?
It is a fast-paced comedy about two characters, Kira and Lauren, who had been finest buddies in highschool however their friendship light after commencement. They meet a few years later and their friendship picks up the place it left off.
What was your inspiration for Gritty & Fairly?
I am a giant fan of the NETFLIX present Glow, so I needed to create a narrative that resonates with me and has a bit of punch right here and there. The story itself can also be largely impressed by my long-forgotten highschool friendship.
We love glow. It is such an ideal present. I can see the similarities with Gritty & Fairly.
You wrote, directed, and starred in Gritty & Fairly. How did you discover juggling all of the completely different roles?
It was a extremely large problem. I preserve saying that I am going to most likely by no means try this once more, haha. I actually admire administrators who can do each, however sooner or later I am going to attempt to keep away from it. I believe in case you have a bit of gig by yourself undertaking – it is effective, however in case you are main your self and others you could be lacking out on one thing actually necessary. That was my fixed concern whereas filming, however I used to be lucky sufficient to have a extremely improbable crew that helped me convey my imaginative and prescient and story to life. Directing requires you to step apart and see the larger image and the performing necessities so that you can keep within the second. Switching forwards and backwards is actually nerve-wracking.
It sounds prefer it was laborious work switching roles on the fly.
Was the filmmaking course of affected by the coronavirus?
No, probably not, we had been fortunate as a result of we completed our filming and posting shortly earlier than the top. If something, the discharge was affected as we will solely evaluation the undertaking just about, however I believe it is form of attention-grabbing.
They had been very fortunate to get all the pieces finished.
Do you’re feeling that you’ve got discovered rather a lot from this expertise?
I discovered a lot that the entire undertaking was an enormous studying expertise. Like I mentioned, I had a improbable crew and discovered rather a lot from everybody. My cameraman Nicholas Acosta is a wizard relating to visualization and he taught me a lot about mild and shade and pace. I additionally discovered to be affected person, particularly once we raised the funds for the present and it took a number of vitality and dedication.
I believe it is necessary to encompass your self with an ideal staff. They’ve a wonderful help community and as you say there are many folks to be taught from.
You’ve got created a number of shorts over the previous decade. What do you want finest about quick movies?
I really like them as a result of quick movies are generally harder to make than longer ones. You technically do not should take as a lot images, however you need to plan and determine each single element to ensure the story and message discover the best approach. I additionally love shorts as a result of I could be so artistic and experiment with one thing new, be it a narrative or lenses or visible results or a personality. There are additionally many quick movie competitions that can convey wonderful prizes should you win. For instance, one of many newest quick movies we made throughout quarantine gained the Movie Riot One Minute Movie Problem. That was enjoyable.
Effectively finished to win!
Gritty & Fairly celebrates its premiere at this 12 months’s Dances with Movies Competition. Are you excited to lastly share it with the world?
I am very excited, I am actually all for how folks react to it and what they are going to remove from it. Thus far we have solely proven the collection to household and buddies, however a movie competition screening is a complete completely different story.
Good luck with it. We had a sneak peak within the first two episodes and we’ve got the sensation that will probably be very properly obtained!
How did you discover the digital competition expertise?
That is my first time going to a digital movie competition. I believe DWF has finished a improbable job thus far in organizing all the pieces. It drives me loopy that one thing like that is attainable as we speak.
DWF are doing an ideal job.
What are you planning subsequent?
I am at the moment writing just a few initiatives and making ready them for the movie as soon as the pandemic is over. One is a comedy and the opposite is a thriller.
That sounds actually very attention-grabbing. One other season of Gritty & Fairly?
Sure! I really began writing Season 2. If all goes properly, we will certainly movie it someday subsequent 12 months.
I can not wait to see this! One other season of Gritty & Fairly goes to be nice!
Thanks for speaking to us. Xenia, it was nice to speak with you. Good luck with the screening, we’re certain will probably be very properly obtained.