Victoria G Interviews Bessy Adut

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Victoria G: What inspired you to become a director?

Bessy Adut: I was an avid reader when I was a kid and loved imagining those worlds and characters in my head. Then I loved watching television and movies. My dad had a video production company so I had a chance to watch a lot of movies and started making my own little films with his video camera at an age as early as 11 years old if I were lucky I'd end up like Spielberg by now.

VG: Who are some directors that inspire you?

BA: Spielberg is one of my 1st favorite directors with E.T and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Upcoming years when I studied film & television, I explored many other directors that I liked their work such as Alfred Hitchock, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Jean Pierre Jeunet and Tim Burton. In terms of women film directors, I would say the 1st Academy Award winner as a director Kaitryn Bigelow is one of the directors that inspire me. All these directors made films worthy of watching over and over again.

VG: What was the first film you ever directed?

BA: My very first film was called "The Disappointment" when I was studying film & television back home and it was a film made out of photographs I took. About a photographer filming analogue and her film was burnt at the end. First live action film I wrote, directed and produced was called "Out of Control" it was a fun movie about trying to control life with a remote control. It was a fantasy/comedy and was very much liked. I still love the "Lady in Red" scene I had in there with my best friend Eser. We also made a remake scene for "Pulp Fiction" where I also acted as "Mia" one of my first favorite fun film projects. That makes first 3. :)

VG: What are some qualities you look for in a project?

BA: I think it's very important for a project to have a good story that is timeless and universal. I like projects that makes you feel all sorts of things during the journey. If a movie makes me laugh, cry, excited and all sorts of emotions that makes it a good project for me. I would like to make sure we make in the best possible quality and get great performances. Every element of a project is important as well as production, post production must be crisp, color correction should be well done. Whether we reach that goal or not I would should the quality and content that we could be nominated for an academy award.

VG: How would you describe yourself in three words?

BA: Intelligent, strong and beautifully unique

VG: What are your social media handles?

BA: @bessyadutofficial on Instagram, bessyadut on most others such as Facebook and LinkedIn, bessytwits on Twitter

VG: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

BA: In a beach house! With a library of books and pets and kids and lots of movies made with awards in the shelf throwing bunch of house parties and fundraising events travelling the world.

VG: What are three qualities every director should have?

BA: Visionary, practical, decisive

VG: Do you have any advice for an aspiring director?

BA: Start directing small manageable projects, work within your budget focus on telling a good visual story and make your way up

VG: What's next for you?

BA: I am developing a hybrid documentary/fiction about climate change as well as spiritual movements in the world. I just got offered to direct a music video and a sci/fi fantasy film.

VG: RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS What's your favorite movie?

BA: This is the hardest question ever for me as there is so many movies that I love but I think I am going to go with "REAR WINDOW" by master Hitchock.

VG: What is something you can't live without?

BA: Movies

VG: What is your biggest pet peeve?

BA: When people don't respond to my calls or messages, I always overthink and write scenerios about it I can't help it!

VG: Do you have any hidden talents?

BA: Yes my significant other knows ;) just kidding, I am pretty good at multi tasking.

VG: Do you play any instruments?

BA: If my voice can be considered as an instrument :) I do love singing and I play just a little bit guitar and piano.

VG: What is your favorite pastime?

BA: Reading books, going to concerts, movies or spending time in nature

VG: Do you have any pets?

BA: YesOcean & River are my fur babies my little cuddle cats love them like my own children.

VG: What is your biggest fear?

BA: To die before making a film and/or writing a book that is going to live after my death.

VG: What is your favorite film genre?

BA: I love all film genres except for war movies for some reason aside from a few exceptions I just don't like war movies. But I like everything else, my top fav would be what they call "escapist genres" sci fi, fantasy, film noir a big fan of anything like "twilight zone" but funny enough I also like documentaries two polar opposites. :) I do like animation too. I like mix of genres too and my favorite would be horror comedies. 

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