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?
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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Victoria G Interviews Bessy AdutNon-Fiction
On May 16, 2023 I sent interview questions to the incredibly talented director, Bessy Adut, then on May 18, 2023 she took some time out of her schedule to answer them for me through Email. It was truly an honor getting to interview her. I hope you a...