Interview with

Elizabeth Regal

Director/Producer/Writer of

Elizabeth Regal

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I always had a deep fascination and intrigue for Stanley Kubrick’s work and the hidden enigmatic messages and layers in his work that makes the viewer think. Eyes Wide Shut was my inspiration for this film. The lead characters Candi and her husband overlap similar elements Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise played. I loved her fire-engine red hair and I had to cast an actress that could pull off a sexy vixen seductress with an innocent face. I wanted to dazzle the audience until the end as they were acting out a forbidden sexual fantasy.

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

The challenge, as many filmmakers face is the shoot itself. Things never go as planned, but I have trust in my ability to pick a stellar team that can pull off my vision and also be open to changes by their suggestion if needed. Shooting permits are a must in LA! I cannot overstress that detail. Too many filmmakers shoot illegally and it can cause a plethora of issues. We shot this film in the Arts District of LA in the middle of the night to get that authentic mysterious allure of a night theme. Needless to say, the landlord of an apartment building we shot in front of was fuming in lieu of the permit notice we posted days ago. Luckily, we covered our asses and had legal rights to be there or they could have shut our production down and called Film LA. Whew…I am thankful to have attended a wonderful film school, LACC that taught me well.

How has the short film been received?

It did better than I actually expected. I mean art is subjective. No matter how critical we are as filmmakers and actors, someone out there will love your work and message. There is literally a market for everyone. Our film was picked to screen at the legendary TCL Theaters on Hollywood Boulevard for the Indie Night Film Festival. That was always a childhood dream of mine growing up back east, to be on the big screen of TCL Theaters and it actually happened decades later with hard work and consistency. It won 3 awards with the Dreamachine Film Festival. The film also got stellar reviews in the Hollywood Times Magazine. It got picked up for two distributors and got numerous mentions in various press outlets.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I always have ideas floating around in the pipeline. In lieu of COVID-19, there has been a massive online distribution shift where content is in high demand on various platforms. I have decided to focus on strictly thrillers and sci-fi for the company brand married with scientific concepts. I am studying to be an Astrophysicist and have a deep obsession with science and space. I intend to take these elements I feel would be of benefit to humanity and embed them as deeper messages into my work.

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

Definitely, do not even consider touching a film or television project without appropriate education and rigorous research. There are many with passion, but common mistakes are lack of funds, preparation, and knowledge to begin. Taking shortcuts and not legally covering oneself is a sure-fire disaster down the road. Community colleges are an inexpensive way to educate oneself. There is no rapid-fire to the top. It takes persistence, focus, and years of building connections, and a solid foundation.

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Interview with

Elizabeth Regal

Director/Producer/Writer of

Elizabeth Regal

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I always had a deep fascination and intrigue for Stanley Kubrick’s work and the hidden enigmatic messages and layers in his work that makes the viewer think. Eyes Wide Shut was my inspiration for this film. The lead characters Candi and her husband overlap similar elements Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise played. I loved her fire-engine red hair and I had to cast an actress that could pull off a sexy vixen seductress with an innocent face. I wanted to dazzle the audience until the end as they were acting out a forbidden sexual fantasy.

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

The challenge, as many filmmakers face is the shoot itself. Things never go as planned, but I have trust in my ability to pick a stellar team that can pull off my vision and also be open to changes by their suggestion if needed. Shooting permits are a must in LA! I cannot overstress that detail. Too many filmmakers shoot illegally and it can cause a plethora of issues. We shot this film in the Arts District of LA in the middle of the night to get that authentic mysterious allure of a night theme. Needless to say, the landlord of an apartment building we shot in front of was fuming in lieu of the permit notice we posted days ago. Luckily, we covered our asses and had legal rights to be there or they could have shut our production down and called Film LA. Whew…I am thankful to have attended a wonderful film school, LACC that taught me well.

How has the short film been received?

It did better than I actually expected. I mean art is subjective. No matter how critical we are as filmmakers and actors, someone out there will love your work and message. There is literally a market for everyone. Our film was picked to screen at the legendary TCL Theaters on Hollywood Boulevard for the Indie Night Film Festival. That was always a childhood dream of mine growing up back east, to be on the big screen of TCL Theaters and it actually happened decades later with hard work and consistency. It won 3 awards with the Dreamachine Film Festival. The film also got stellar reviews in the Hollywood Times Magazine. It got picked up for two distributors and got numerous mentions in various press outlets.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I always have ideas floating around in the pipeline. In lieu of COVID-19, there has been a massive online distribution shift where content is in high demand on various platforms. I have decided to focus on strictly thrillers and sci-fi for the company brand married with scientific concepts. I am studying to be an Astrophysicist and have a deep obsession with science and space. I intend to take these elements I feel would be of benefit to humanity and embed them as deeper messages into my work.

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

Definitely, do not even consider touching a film or television project without appropriate education and rigorous research. There are many with passion, but common mistakes are lack of funds, preparation, and knowledge to begin. Taking shortcuts and not legally covering oneself is a sure-fire disaster down the road. Community colleges are an inexpensive way to educate oneself. There is no rapid-fire to the top. It takes persistence, focus, and years of building connections, and a solid foundation.

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