Interview with

Crystal Correa

Director/Writer/Producer/Star of

Crystal Correa

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

During quarantine, I started to do shadow work and really honed in on my past so I can focus on the future without feeling I am being held back. Also, I had written a screen play called ‘Simon and I’ which was a selected screenplay for HollyShorts 2020. The screenplay was about demon possession and showcased how humans find themselves in these situations. But as I continued my shadow work journey with love and made peace with my demon “entities”, I decided to re-write the script, and share my journey in a fun, comedic way; And try to save humanity in the most dysfunctional way possible. While doing shadow work I was also getting back to my artwork. I have been a fan of cartoons since I was five, so it was nice to have time to create original cartoon characters. My four year old son loves them all so I kept going and made over 100+ cartoon characters. I envisioned how fun and interesting it would be if we followed a modern-day lightworker named Crystal aka Creep, who is a (self-proclaimed) part-time exorcist and a full-time cartoonist with a demon best friend named Simon. Most of the time he tags along and helps Creep aid humans to remove their entity attachments. Creep is completely unapologetic during these mini confessions. As a lightworker she’s always doing the right thing, but I wanted to film this as “private vlogs” that she would never publicly post because humans are not ready to understand the subtext of what she is really saying. As we continue on into the age of Aquarius, I think more information about spirituality will come out to help humans heal and encourage them to be more gentle with themselves and to focus more on self-love. And in doing so we’ll have less demon attachments. But, in the meantime “Creep and Simon” are here to help. 

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

Originally, in the first script, the short takes place in a fabric store; and I held on to that image for so long. But once I got more involved my shadow work, I learned to let go of expectations and look at what resources I had to work with instead. I wanted to move away from what I had already done. I didn’t want to be safe. I decided to take a risk and start recording as “Creep”, which is a more extreme version of who I am as a person.  As a teen, I was so angst-ridden and didn’t realize how empathic I was at the time, people would say I was “sensitive” but only because I can read energies and I wasn’t afraid to speak up about it. So when I finally got access to my DeviantArt account, I thought to myself, “wow I was creepy. This is amazing.”  And I wanted to go back to being this artistic, unapologetic, fearless person who just wanted to help heal others. I wanted to become someone my teen self would have loved in an adult support system, a mentor.  
 Which is why it was important for me to use limited gear to inspire anyone who wants to get into filmmaking that you can do it alone. I asked two very close friends to join in on the fun and record their scenes on their end while I made edits. Mahasiah Blaise, who played Hasi in “Crystal the Webseries” which was also our first project together is playing a Divine Feminine / Computer Hacker in this project who is named Hasi, which holds no relation to the other project. I honestly just hate naming characters and just use everyone’s real name. I can create a ton of toons from zero but naming characters is tough for me! My friend Christine Rinehart aka Cool a$$ Co-worker, is naturally hilarious and sent me a video of her talking about a human who was acting like a demon. So I decided to edit that clip into the short and now they are a part of this horror dysfunctional dark comedic short. It was a challenge I wanted to tackle because it’s important to always try to find new way to expand your knowledge and yes I was an emo teenager, but I will always be a huge nerd first.   I have so much respect for each department and whenever someone would take the time to teach me a new skill, I made it a point to value that. This was a great way for me to showcase that I was paying attention and thank you. 

How has the short film been received?

People seem to enjoy it. It’s very fast paced and ever changing. The animations between each chronicle helps keep the audience guessing. My mascot for my production company is a Grabby, a grab bag (One of my many alter egos, who is a player and super inappropriate) because “you never know what you are going to get with me.” I am a very “choose your own adventure” or in this case “choose your own Crystal” type of person. At first, I just had a bunch of random clips, but decided to format it as a creepy comedic short film. I hope people are laughing; no one has told me off yet, so that’s a good sign! I think people are trying to figure me out so the whole thing is like a huge science experiment, which I’m loving. Because I don’t even know what I am going to do next. I’m just riding this wave and having a great time. The short film recently won Best Animation March 2021 at the Phoenix Shorts Film Festival.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I’ve been toying with the idea to expand this into a whole web-series (with Mahasiah and Christine) or use this as a base for a TV treatment. I filmed a bunch of creep clips so now I am going to take some time to mediate before creeping forward. But I am always working on animation in the meantime so I have them prepared for round two. This quarantine has awakened the cartoonist in me. It’s been nice to find a good groove and I love spending time with my toons and soul sisters. I also plan on opening an online store to sell the characters featured in the short; mostly I just want to rock them. It’s truly been a dream come true and I’m overjoyed that I’ve finally got to share Simon. He’s been inside of me for a very long time. He needed to get out and share his smart-ass “one-liners”.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Don’t put so much pressure on the result. I over-planned for something that didn’t happen. Things began to happen the moment I let go of the heavy expectations. I let myself go into “the nothingness” and settled in that space until the light finally came my way and I saw beyond what I used to. I would also say, rewrite to fit your life at whatever place you are. Don’t wait for a sign or anyone, especially in this current climate; be resourceful. 

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What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

During quarantine, I started to do shadow work and really honed in on my past so I can focus on the future without feeling I am being held back. Also, I had written a screen play called ‘Simon and I’ which was a selected screenplay for HollyShorts 2020. The screenplay was about demon possession and showcased how humans find themselves in these situations. But as I continued my shadow work journey with love and made peace with my demon “entities”, I decided to re-write the script, and share my journey in a fun, comedic way; And try to save humanity in the most dysfunctional way possible. While doing shadow work I was also getting back to my artwork. I have been a fan of cartoons since I was five, so it was nice to have time to create original cartoon characters. My four year old son loves them all so I kept going and made over 100+ cartoon characters. I envisioned how fun and interesting it would be if we followed a modern-day lightworker named Crystal aka Creep, who is a (self-proclaimed) part-time exorcist and a full-time cartoonist with a demon best friend named Simon. Most of the time he tags along and helps Creep aid humans to remove their entity attachments. Creep is completely unapologetic during these mini confessions. As a lightworker she’s always doing the right thing, but I wanted to film this as “private vlogs” that she would never publicly post because humans are not ready to understand the subtext of what she is really saying. As we continue on into the age of Aquarius, I think more information about spirituality will come out to help humans heal and encourage them to be more gentle with themselves and to focus more on self-love. And in doing so we’ll have less demon attachments. But, in the meantime “Creep and Simon” are here to help. 

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

Originally, in the first script, the short takes place in a fabric store; and I held on to that image for so long. But once I got more involved my shadow work, I learned to let go of expectations and look at what resources I had to work with instead. I wanted to move away from what I had already done. I didn’t want to be safe. I decided to take a risk and start recording as “Creep”, which is a more extreme version of who I am as a person.  As a teen, I was so angst-ridden and didn’t realize how empathic I was at the time, people would say I was “sensitive” but only because I can read energies and I wasn’t afraid to speak up about it. So when I finally got access to my DeviantArt account, I thought to myself, “wow I was creepy. This is amazing.”  And I wanted to go back to being this artistic, unapologetic, fearless person who just wanted to help heal others. I wanted to become someone my teen self would have loved in an adult support system, a mentor.  
 Which is why it was important for me to use limited gear to inspire anyone who wants to get into filmmaking that you can do it alone. I asked two very close friends to join in on the fun and record their scenes on their end while I made edits. Mahasiah Blaise, who played Hasi in “Crystal the Webseries” which was also our first project together is playing a Divine Feminine / Computer Hacker in this project who is named Hasi, which holds no relation to the other project. I honestly just hate naming characters and just use everyone’s real name. I can create a ton of toons from zero but naming characters is tough for me! My friend Christine Rinehart aka Cool a$$ Co-worker, is naturally hilarious and sent me a video of her talking about a human who was acting like a demon. So I decided to edit that clip into the short and now they are a part of this horror dysfunctional dark comedic short. It was a challenge I wanted to tackle because it’s important to always try to find new way to expand your knowledge and yes I was an emo teenager, but I will always be a huge nerd first.   I have so much respect for each department and whenever someone would take the time to teach me a new skill, I made it a point to value that. This was a great way for me to showcase that I was paying attention and thank you. 

How has the short film been received?

People seem to enjoy it. It’s very fast paced and ever changing. The animations between each chronicle helps keep the audience guessing. My mascot for my production company is a Grabby, a grab bag (One of my many alter egos, who is a player and super inappropriate) because “you never know what you are going to get with me.” I am a very “choose your own adventure” or in this case “choose your own Crystal” type of person. At first, I just had a bunch of random clips, but decided to format it as a creepy comedic short film. I hope people are laughing; no one has told me off yet, so that’s a good sign! I think people are trying to figure me out so the whole thing is like a huge science experiment, which I’m loving. Because I don’t even know what I am going to do next. I’m just riding this wave and having a great time. The short film recently won Best Animation March 2021 at the Phoenix Shorts Film Festival.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I’ve been toying with the idea to expand this into a whole web-series (with Mahasiah and Christine) or use this as a base for a TV treatment. I filmed a bunch of creep clips so now I am going to take some time to mediate before creeping forward. But I am always working on animation in the meantime so I have them prepared for round two. This quarantine has awakened the cartoonist in me. It’s been nice to find a good groove and I love spending time with my toons and soul sisters. I also plan on opening an online store to sell the characters featured in the short; mostly I just want to rock them. It’s truly been a dream come true and I’m overjoyed that I’ve finally got to share Simon. He’s been inside of me for a very long time. He needed to get out and share his smart-ass “one-liners”.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Don’t put so much pressure on the result. I over-planned for something that didn’t happen. Things began to happen the moment I let go of the heavy expectations. I let myself go into “the nothingness” and settled in that space until the light finally came my way and I saw beyond what I used to. I would also say, rewrite to fit your life at whatever place you are. Don’t wait for a sign or anyone, especially in this current climate; be resourceful. 

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