Films Royale Interviews Polypore actor Vania Bezerra

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I worked as an actress and model before enrolling in law school. I thought my acting background would be an asset in the courtroom, but it really just reminded me of what my heart wanted, so I moved to New York City to expand my opportunities in the entertainment industry.

How did you get into acting?
It was something I really wanted to do, I knew it when I was really young, and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way. You know those things you want so much you’d do anything? I knew my parents maybe weren’t going to be supportive, so I decided to enroll in acting classes without their permission. They’re absolutely supportive now, of course, but at the time I wasn’t so sure. It was something I just felt compelled to do.

Are there any actors that inspire you?
I love Kate Winslet, Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore specifically, because each of them take on challenging, dark roles that allow them to go places they probably don’t in their non-acting lives. I love the courage of a metamorphosis like that, how easily they slip into characters so different from themselves. I love how freeing that feels as an actress, and those are the kind of roles I like for myself as well. I also really loved the innocence of Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias. That was one of the first movies that moved me, and her part was one I could see myself playing.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
I love to travel. Seeing new places never loses its excitement. I really like to take cooking classes when I do visit new places, so that I can share the experience with my friends when I get home. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a culture than through its foods, and sharing those flavors with my friends is one of the ways I show them how much I love them.

Tell us about your character in Polypore.
I play a film blogger who sits down to interview Mr. Kaufman, a film director who is working on a zombie movie. The interview is fast-paced and packed with elements of farce – especially when our sit-down is infiltrated by a key chase scene, so it was a really fun role. I was the sane one surrounded by lunacy.

What is your favorite film genre?
I wouldn’t say I have a favorite genre, per se. I just really like interesting stories. If the story is compelling, it doesn’t really matter if it’s a comedy or a drama or an action flick. A great story can cross genres.

Your favorite film character?
I just watched Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and am so drawn to characters like that, so vulnerable and complex and well crafted. Kate Winslet’s role in Little Children was so dark and intense, really packed with emotions. I also loved the substance of Michelle Williams’ role of an angst-filled wife in Blue Valentine.

Your favorite scene in Polypore?
I love the first scene, when the main character realizes he has telepathy he never asked for.

Where do you see Films Royale going in the future?
Jesse Barack is so young to have accomplished so much. He’s really a great writer and director, and also a very cool guy. The company has several films under its belt. I predict nothing but good things given the talent and drive behind the scenes.

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
Thanks so much to you, as well! You can visit my website,, to learn more about me and my work.

Films Royale Interviews Polypore actor Rob Slocum

Tell us a little about yourself.
Rob Slocum, an actor stuck in a working mans body lol. I love my life, where I’ve been and where I am right now. The best part of my life is what is yet to come. I hope to continue entertaining people for as long they will have me.

How did you get into acting?
I started acting in grammar school and always loved being on stage. As I got older I did extra work an searched all over to join and be part of the local acting community. As I auditioned I won many roles in film and on stage and TV. This told me I was in the right place now I just need one of my many projects to take me to the proverbial next level.

Are there any actors that inspire you?
I am inspired by so many actors and actresses. Many you have never heard of and may not ever know. Christian Bale comes to mind along with Matthew McConaughey, two actors who morph into the roles they portray.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
I love to ride quads in the woods or just hike thorough nature. I also scuba dive and target shooting is a favorite. Golf is something that I enjoy but I never want any my rounds of golf to be on film, yes I’m that bad.

Tell us about your character in Polypore.
My character is the quintessential Brian Williams type of news reporter that is going for the story no matter what. I thought of him as either needing one more big story to make head anchor or maybe he is there already and feels he needs to be the best to stay there. Either way he believes it is his duty to get the story to the people.

What is your favorite film genre?
My favorite genre is science fiction but comedy might edge out Sci-Fi a bit. I love the roles that make the audience think they have it all figured out only to find that my character pulled one over on them.

Your favorite film character?
I cannot choose one character as my favorite because of my varied love of film, stage and TV. Way too many to choose just one.

Where do you see Films Royale going in the future?
I would hope to see Films Royale go the distance. I hope to get a call from my friend and creative genius Jesse Barack, telling me “my office is ready now get to work and let’s make some movies.” You see, as many other actors are, I am an aspiring writer and director. Many production houses start this very way. One small short then a full feature or two and the next thing you know there is a set of offices with many creative people working together. They all met along the way and were brought together to make history and some of the best films.

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
I am on hiatus right now but much of my work is out there, and there is much more to come. Go to NEACTOR.COM or use this link to see some of my work:

Films Royale Interviews Polypore actor Hugh Reiss

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Longmeadow MA, playing music at an early age. I then majored in music at UMass Amherst for one year. After college I have been transporting patients in a hospital in Springfield MA up to the present.

How did you get into acting?
I got into acting by a friend who told me of an online television show he was in. I then got a role in that online show.

Are there any actors that inspire you?
The actors that inspired me are Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
My hobbies consist of playing the clarinet, playing tennis and skiing.

Tell us about your character in Polypore.
I believe my character in Polypore is a quiet but strong character.

What is your favorite film genre?
I enjoy comedy the most because I believe it shows how much talent an actor has.

Your favorite scene in Polypore?
I believe the whole film has a great story line.

Where do you see Films Royale going in the future?
Films Royale is very creative and I believe it can be marketed everywhere.

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?

Films Royale Interviews Polypore actor Jack Tracksler

Tell us a little about yourself.
I do a lot of voice over work these days. Kids books, commercials, e-learning, you name it. Finally I’m doing what I started out to do and still no agent! I act in some films and play Santa a lot in December. The rest of the time, I’m just a voice. Hopefully acting and voice over work will keep me busy if I retire from my day job.

How did you get into acting?
I got into acting by accident. I was looking for a “retirement job” and thought I would do voice over work as I was a radio announcer back in the 70’s. Looked for an agent, but couldn’t find one, registered at Boston Casting and got a couple of acting jobs as a featured extra in 3 films. I frankly don’t remember how I met Films Royale.

Are there any actors that inspire you?
I didn’t start out to be an actor and really, no one inspired me. So my approach is try to work hard and deliver the character. If you’re lucky, every now and then, a little magic happens. My magic happened during a student film I did several years ago. I got a standing ovation from the crew after the Director said “cut.” I have no idea if the film was ever finished. I’d love to have a copy of that scene.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
As for Hobbies, I make wine and have built a couple of acoustic guitars. I have a passion for sailing. I love cooking and would love to have my own show called “Cooking – It’s no big deal.” Showing that great meals are simple to prepare and simple is truly good and elegant.

Tell us about your character in Polypore.
Dr. Tomten is a scientist who at one point in time worked for the Rein Corporation. Now they are hunting him down to try to eliminate him for what he knows about that biopharmaceutical company and clones. He is a Scot and Dr. Jegado’s excesses frustrate him.

What is your favorite film genre?
I am one of the few actors I know who does not go to movies. The last 3 movies I have seen were ones that I was in. My favorite movies are Silverado and Wind – go figure.

Your favorite film character?
I tend to like actors who are in British Television mystery programs. David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Homes. Suchet is very talented and broad in character development from Poirot to villains and everything in-between.

Your favorite scene in Polypore?
My favorite scene in Polypore was when Dr. Jegado and I were with the “Escort” and he was negotiating price. All during rehearsal and table reads I thought the “Escort” was a tour guide. It wasn’t until she came on set in full wardrobe that her real job sunk in. I guess I’m just not as worldly as I thought!

Where do you see Films Royale going in the future?
Films Royale runs a great set. They start on time and finish on time. A rarity in the 20 or so films I’ve been in. Polypore was quite an epic and friendships made during the filming of it remain to this day. I thank them for the opportunity and the introduction to some really great professionals.

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
I have a listing on NE Actor. I believe there is a scene from Polypore there:

Polypore Reviewed by Mike Haberfelner

As weird stories go, this one starts with a puked on plant – thing is that the person who puked on the plant was on experimental (yet legally obtainable) drugs. The plant owner tosses it out of course, but Paul (Jeffrey Bielat), a jobless youngster, takes it in, gets to breath its spores … and weirdly enough develops the ability to read minds. He tries to find out the cause for this, and everything seems to lead back to the Rein Corporation, an international pharma company that experiments in fields far beyond the purely therapeutical (let alone the safe). His research eventually leads him to Paris and a certain Dr. J├ęgado (Marshall Berenson) … who gives Paul a drug that has him revert to his former self (Chen Tang), which is almost too much for him to take. What’s even worse is of course that corporate assassins from the Rein Corporation are all of a sudden after him and his best friend Trent (Jesse Barack) … and then Trent’s abducted by Dr. Apollo (Jonathan Thomson) and turned into a warmachine with telekinetic powers – and all hell breaks loose.

Paul, who wants to save his friend and get his old self back suddenly finds himself in the thick of it, not only because he has suddenly become a crime target for corporation assassins, but also because he is forced by a group of anti-Rein activists to work with/for them – and suddenly “all hell breaks loose”, as mentioned above, sounds like an understatement.

Polypore is an in recent times increasingly rare specimen of thought-provoking and intelligent science fiction that nevertheless never gets dull. And while I have to admit the very complex story is at times hard to follow (in its complexity rather than its basic narrative), it is incredibly well-paced, finds the right balance between delivering a serious message and outright satire, and has an air of mystery to it throughout to keep the audience guessing. Add to that some great action and locations, a rich visual language, and a solid cast, and you’ve got yourself a pretty good movie.



VFX Guide - Getting Hit by a Car

By Anthony Redendo

The VFX of making it look like someone got hit by a car is a lot easier than it sounds. As long as you film on a tripod a shot of someone in the street and in a separate shot a car driving by. With those two clips it can be easily manipulated together.

Line the clips on top of each other and make the top one transparent so you can see both the car and the person. Then make a mask around the person.

Once the car is next to the person you must duplicate the person layer and make a more defined mask. You want to make the mask extremely close to the edges of the persons body.

After that comes the fun part.

With After Effects you can use the puppet tool to make joints on your person layer to basically manipulate this person to do whatever you’d like. As you move through time it will automatically set key frames for you.

You can now bend the persons body around the car and with some motion blur it will seamlessly blend in.

Basic Twitter Advice For The Indie Filmmaker

By Kendrick Wong

Used correctly, Twitter can be a valuable tool in your filmmaking career. Keep in mind, the platform shouldn’t be viewed solely as a self-promotional shouting contest. If anything, you’re here to connect with a spectrum of people including knowledgeable industry players, fans, and journalists. In many instances, fellow users become your supporters emotionally, financially, and physically (on set). Focus on publishing meaningful content that’s relatable, educational, and thought-provoking! Here’s a primer with some guidance on getting started:

First Steps
If you’re registering your own account for personal use, find an eye-catching profile picture. No one really trusts or follows users with the default egg avatar. While these profile pictures can always change, make sure your chosen thumbnail at the time reflects a mood or feeling you want the viewer to experience. If you’re creating an account specifically for a movie, select a provocative still, an official logo, or a re-sized poster image.

The Bio Section / About Me
Remember to fill out the “Bio” section (160 characters or less) with compelling reasons why complete strangers should follow you. Famous names among the cast and crew of your movie? An ingenious concept? What makes you or your film stand apart?

Give Them An Interactive Touchpoint… Your Website
Also remember to place a link to your official website, blog, or trailer. Ideally, you will have created a juicy landing page (e.g. that provides wonderful, stimulating, and snackable content to your visitors. By snackable, I mean pieces of content that don’t require huge time commitments (e.g. trailers, sneak peeks, photos, synopses) and are enticing. In addition, these pieces should be shareable for people to distribute amongst their own social circles. As a viewer immerses himself in the world of your movie (that’s been extended to social media and your website), you can make him into a supporter without sacrificing all of your major plot points.

Growing Your Network
Everybody loves talking about themselves, pitching their own awesomeness. You’re competing with a lot of noise and clutter in grabbing the attention of Twitter users. Endless self-promotion at the expense of useful or worthwhile information will turn others off to you and your cause. At best, people will just ignore your tweets. At worst, they’ll publicly admonish you and propagate reasons why you’re awful/annoying to their networks. You’re always building your reputation.

To combat this, I recommend starting small. Don’t try to grab every set of eyeballs, especially if you feel intimidated that you don’t have any “essential” tweets to offer (e.g. breaking news, inside scoops). Instead, try to begin conversations and relationships on a person-to-person basis. Maximize the time you spend by listening to others and responding genuinely.

Maximizing Your Time and Continuing Your Education
Twitter (along with other social media tools) affords you a wonderful opportunity to learn. Be friendly and respectful of other filmmakers and industry professionals; many of them might be in the same boat as you. One of the most rewarding things you can do involves asking questions and absorbing the responses. Many people will give you honest advice and guidance on a wide variety of topics such as directing, writing, lighting, editing, etc.

On top of that, you can find expert opinions and reviews of gear and equipment as well as recommendations that fit your budget. With a lengthy conversation, I recommend carrying it over to other places if possible (Google +, Skype, email, Facebook, phone, in-person) so that you don’t spam your Twitter feed.

Key Takeaways
▪ Eye-catching Profile Picture.
▪ Detailed Bio With Compelling Reasons to Follow You.
▪ Link To Your Website / Blog / Production Materials.
▪ Start Relationships.
▪ Ask Questions.

Why You Need a Script Supervisor

By Kendrick Wong

You act as the eyes and ears of production. You scrutinize every motion, every action, every spoken word. For a smaller indie movie, you probably keep track of the scene’s physical construction (e.g. set pieces, wardrobe choices on the actors), physical movement (“Did she finish the scene raising her left arm or her right?”) and speech (“Did the actor/actress follow the script completely or was the delivery altered by a few words?”). More importantly, you monitor the time being spent on each scene in relation to the schedule for the day.

I recommend timing each take to give you an incremental reference point in comparison to the total daily plan. Here, you can make changes according to being ahead/behind pace. You’ll be working with supreme familiarity of the shooting script and the day’s shotlist for those scenes. On top of that, you’ll make a running log of camera setups, angles, scene numbers, and corresponding script pages.

Why Are Script Supervisors Important?
Script supervisors can be seen as the glue that holds the production pieces together. Directors, assistant directors, and production managers may be busy running around with other tasks. Your time management directly effects the rhythm of filming and huge consequences could loom with mistakes!

Your job as supervisor is to make sure things can pick up exactly where they left off seamlessly. Your clear notation and structured formatting makes life much easier for whoever edits the footage. You provide clear markings and lead-ins in terms of distinguishing different scenes and takes. Here, the editor(s) won’t have to guess which pieces are golden and which ones are trash. In essence, your work (and its final edited format) allows the classic “movie magic” storytelling to occur; the audience can logically assume a cause-and-effect relationship from shot-to-shot and scene-to-scene based on consistent and established audiovisual markers.

Some Key Traits You Need:
▪ Obsessive Attention to Detail/Organization
▪ Excellent Sense of Timing
▪ Excellent Communication Skills (verbal, physical cues, interpersonal / “one-on-one” / group level)
▪ Incredible Patience/Tolerance/Thick Skin
▪ Impeccable Memory
▪ Unwavering Optimism

Some Key Things To Have Nearby:
▪ Wristwatch
▪ Tape (Duct, measuring, all different kinds!)
▪ Batteries
▪ Camera / Smartphone
▪ Walkie-Talkie

The script supervisor is one of the best friends a director and editor will make. However, on small indie productions, roles often blur and one person can end up wearing many different hats. With that said, I recommend having a distinct script supervisor for your production as the responsibilities can be exhausting for that position alone. A dynamite script supervisor preserves the quality of your project by preventing careless blemishes that ruin your film’s flow.

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An Interview with Jesse Barack, Director of Polypore

By Mike Haberfelner
January 2012

Your upcoming film, Polypore – in a few words, what is it about?

There are really two plot-lines, the first of which follows the protagonist who, to his great surprise, awakens one morning with the ability to read minds. The second plot-line follows the Rein Corporation, a pharmaceutical company that is trying to get people sick in order to sell them medication. When the protagonist tries to find out why he has telepathy, the plot-lines intersect.

Polypore seems to be highly critical of the pharma-industry. Where did the inspiration for that come from?

To be honest the pharmaceutical industry just seemed like an easy target. The Umbrella Corporation was also an early inspiration.

The plot of Polypore also seems to be deeply rooted in science fiction – a genre especially dear to you, and your genre favorites?

I don’t like action films that happen to be Sci-Fi or television shows with a Sci-Fi theme, but I’m a huge fan of Sci-Fi films that make you think, and those containing social commentary, like Moon, District 9, Akira, 12 Monkeys, Pi, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix and They Live. The Fifth Element is a guilty pleasure.

Other sources of inspiration when writing Polypore?

Akira was a huge influence in the original story but the plot has since transformed and doesn’t contain nearly as many references.

I’ve heard that Polypore grew out of a rather small idea into a comparatively vast project. What can you tell us about the evolution of Polypore at the writing stage?

The original story was written in a pretty informal fashion on napkins at the Tunnel Bar in Northampton during my senior year of college. I knew that the students who were filling crew positions would be departing after graduation, so I decided to start production immediately and wrote the script while simultaneously shooting the first half of the film. While slightly chaotic, this fluidity allowed me to add various forms of production value as they materialized (new locations, characters, etc.) and the writing process became very organic.

With Polypore having become a very ambitious project, how hard/easy was it to get production off the ground, and were there any major stumbling blocks bringing your vision to the screen?

I pretty much just jumped right into it head on. One stumbling block that occurred in particular was that the actor playing the protagonist went to Europe for a semester before we finished shooting. A pretty absurd re-write took place to solve the issue and the actor ended up shooting some footage on location while he was abroad. When he returned I shot additional scenes involving his character. At the same time I was doing videography work to fund the film so I was well aware that production would take longer than usual.

According to my knowledge, Polypore was shot all over the world. What can you tell us about the trials and tribulations, but also the appeal of shooting a small independent production on pretty much an international stage? And will you ever again go global to shoot a film?

Shooting internationally was mostly achieved through networking with other filmmakers and also through the help of actors who happened to be visiting other countries (i.e. Japan). One of my goals was to squeeze as much production value as possible out of a very low budget. This went a little too far at times and I’ve already identified scenes that will be removed from the final cut, but for the most part this strategy worked to my favor, and the film looks much more expensive than it actually is. It’s pretty cool when you jump from the suburbs of New York to the streets of Tokyo. As for shooting globally, I would love to do so again in a much more professional fashion.

What can you tell us about your principal cast?

Jeffrey Bielat is an actor and musician with several years of experience in live performance and sketch comedy. While acting in Polypore he simultaneously worked at Animal Planet in New York City, then moved to Grenada as part of a study abroad program. Chen Tang is a professional actor based in New York City working in film, television, theatre, commercials, print, and industrials. He trained as an actor at the University of Miami and Emerson College and is originally from Memphis, TN.

Your film features Troma legend Lloyd Kaufman in a cameo. How easy is he to work with, is he willing to be directed or is he more likely to take control into his own hands? And what influence do Kaufman and Troma have on you as a filmmaker?

Lloyd was great to work with, I actually based his scene on an interview from “The Long Road to Gary,” a short mockumentary that I co-directed about the making of a zombie film. He was more than willing to take direction but also offered some improvisation, which worked well for the interview-style scene that he was acting in. I wasn’t inspired by Lloyd’s actual films so much as his do-it-yourself attitude. There is a lot of wisdom in his views surrounding the democratization of media as well as self-reliance when it comes to filmmaking and distribution. Self-distribution in particular is something that I’m quite interested in exploring.

On Polypore, you seem to have your hands in everything, from directing, writing and producing of course to filming, editing, even acting, and the like. What do you enjoy the most, what could you do without?

I enjoy directing the most but I also enjoy writing, as well as producing. I’ve actually had to spend most of my time producing on this project as opposed to directing. For my next film I’d love to have a producer and be able to focus entirely on directing. Acting was supposed to be out of convenience at first, when the film was very small, but as the plot evolved this actually became quite an inconvenience. I wouldn’t recommend wearing too many hats, it can get pretty crazy.

The $64-question of course: When and where will Polypore be released?

I’ll be releasing Polypore at a film festival in 2013 (I’ve fundraised $1,500 online which will be used to enter around 30 film festivals).

Let’s go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

When I was younger I spent a lot of time drawing cartoons, which sort of drew me towards exploring animation, which in turn drew me towards filmmaking. My mother signed me up for a membership at the Pittsfield Community TV Station where I learned the basics of editing on an ancient version of Adobe Premiere. After a few months of volunteer work they let me create my own television show so I picked up a copy of Final Cut Pro and messed around with it endlessly until I was fluent. In college I took a few film courses but I personally learn best from experience, so the time I spent making films for class was always more educational than anything that could have been taught in a lecture.

As far as I know, Polypore is your debut feature, but you have made quite a few shorts. Why don’t you talk about those for a bit?

In 2005, I co-directed “The Long Road to Gary,” a short mockumentary based on the making of a zombie film. Numerous problems arise on the set and everything seems to go wrong for the enthusiastic filmmakers. The project won “Best Student Film” at the 2005 Northampton Independent Film Festival and “Best Overall” at the 2009 UVC-TV 19 Film Festival. My other shorts were created for experimental film courses and served as stepping stones to Polypore. They were a blast to make and seemed wonderful at the time, I look at them now and think, “dear god, these are absolutely horrendous in comparison” – but you learn the best from making mistakes and these shorts led the way to working on a feature where I was able to call upon those earlier experiences for insight. Of course I made new mistakes while working on Polypore, which is also a stepping stone to another film, which will be a stepping stone to the film after that, and so on, but in the process I learned how to make a feature-length film. Polypore is my film school.

In what way does making a feature film differ from directing shorts (if at all)?

It is much more time-consuming and I personally pour much more energy into a feature because it is a “real film” that can actually go somewhere. I enjoy shorts and some stories only work as shorts, but I’m much more interested in creating feature-length films.

Any future projects you’d like to talk about?

For my next project I’d like to create a much more minimalist film on a somewhat larger budget. I’d also like to work as an assistant director on a larger film at some point, I think that would be a great learning experience.

Directors who inspire you?

Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Park Chan-wook, Darren Aronofsky, Guy Ritchie, Vincent Gallo, Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry, Terry Gilliam.

Your favorite movies?

I would say that my favorite films are what I at least consider to be of the “dramedy” category – films like The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, Magnolia, Breathless, Pulp Fiction, Eternal Sunshine, Buffalo ’66 and Lost in Translation. I also like some edgier films like Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Layer Cake, Fight Club, Kill Bill and Requiem for a Dream.

… and of course, films you really deplore?

Hollywood’s mindless, formulaic and lifeless yet profitable franchises. You know what I mean.


How Pinterest Can Help Your Filmmaking

By Kendrick Wong

Social media has made it easier than ever before for filmmakers to create, incubate, and extend the life cycle of their movies. Every indie moviemaker is already on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and a host of other hubs. Do you really have time to manage another puzzle piece?

Why Pinterest? Sheri Candler and E.M. Taboada both highlighted incredible ways to leverage this platform. Pinterest gives you an instant impression of a person’s mindset in pictures and videos, a self-constructed web/map/collage/mosaic of identity. Here, you can explore:

▪ Thoughts
▪ Beliefs
▪ Aspirations
▪ Inspirations
▪ Dreams
▪ Projections

It also serves as a wonderful complement to your work-in-progress screenplay on Celtx.

The Challenge: Create a Visual Backstory for Your Characters
Create a profile for yourself and separate boards for each character you’d like to shape. Make sure to explicitly state your purpose of creating these boards (as part of an artistic work) in the description. Formulating a completely fabricated profile for somebody who doesn’t exist probably isn’t kosher.

The description of each pin can act as a micro journal/diary for your character’s motivations in highlighting something to share with the world. Keep in mind how other characters would judge these postings in the universe of your project. Is there a separation from reality in the way your character sees himself/herself (and subsequently what he/she pins) and how other characters (and most importantly, the audience) view him/her? This “blindspot,” as Ricky Gervais described, can be the foundation for something truly memorable. If possible, have your actors/actresses slated for these roles try the same exercise (you can alter the settings of each board to allow contributions from multiple people). What content overlaps? What differs?

More Tests
Pinterest also challenges the filmmaker’s definition of montage. As an exercise, how do you tell someone’s story in 100 pictures or less? 50? 25? Try to depict/translate a famous relationship or arc to a single board. Imagine interpreting Carl and Ellie’s romance from UP or Leonard Shelby’s memory from Memento.

The Sharing Function
You’ll be able to publicize your pins and receive feedback (comments, mentions, re-pins, re-tweets, shares, etc) based on whether you’ve linked your account to Twitter, Facebook, or both. This allows you to maintain the “narrative tone” of your movie if you choose to translate it to social media.

Remember that Pinterest has yet to adopt certain privacy features that allow users to selectively curate different pins for different audiences (think Google Plus’ Circles or Facebook’s restrictions).

Another thing to remember…

Warning of Usage
The site rejects content that is “hateful, violent, harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, defamatory, infringing, invasive of personal privacy or publicity rights, harassing, humiliating to other people (publicly or otherwise), libelous, threatening, profane, or otherwise objectionable.” If it fits your character to dwell entirely in those realms, you’re out of luck.

Is This Right for Me?
If you’re skeptical on Pinterest’s potential, focus on the quality of your social media interactions (concentrated efforts on maybe 3-5 networks that make sense for your time/budget) rather than spreading yourself thin across 10,000 places. However, this hub can become a useful tool in your filmmaking arsenal with practical applications in character development, storyboarding, location scouting, and production design among others.