Interview with

Glen MacKay

Director of

Glen MacKay

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I was at a fashion show in India. All the models where white. I was told “the darker the skin, the uglier they’re considered”. I was shocked and decided to call some of my dark skin friends in fashion industry to address this, and prove that beauty is all about feeling comfortable in your skin. If you feel beautiful, you will look beautiful! See Me Now is a fashion film with a social conscience and without copyright.

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

I casted over 20 models for each of the two days of filming, thinking that they wouldn’t all show up. They all did. I didn’t have the heart to refuse any, so the days were absolutely manic. For hair, makeup, outfits and filming. It was crazy. Then I felt obliged to include all the women in the film. So the film is longer than it should be. But the intentions and experience was so beautiful and heartfelt. The support of all cast and crew will remain most special to me.

How has the short film been received?

It was well received. It was shown in many film festivals, particularly in India. We’ve had many messages from viewers who could relate to the stories told in the film. Lots of supportive words.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Since doing ‘See Me Now’, I’ve directed three short films. ‘gYmnast’ is a fashion film paying homage to the Olympic gymnast. ‘Day in the Life of Aliya Mustafina’ explores what it takes to be an Olympic champion. ‘PAris’ is a dance film love letter to Paris. I’m in pre-production of three other short films.

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

Just do it. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Go for it. Appreciate any support that you get. Very few people give a shit about your film, value those who do.

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Interview with

Glen MacKay

Director of

Glen MacKay

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I was at a fashion show in India. All the models where white. I was told “the darker the skin, the uglier they’re considered”. I was shocked and decided to call some of my dark skin friends in fashion industry to address this, and prove that beauty is all about feeling comfortable in your skin. If you feel beautiful, you will look beautiful! See Me Now is a fashion film with a social conscience and without copyright.

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

I casted over 20 models for each of the two days of filming, thinking that they wouldn’t all show up. They all did. I didn’t have the heart to refuse any, so the days were absolutely manic. For hair, makeup, outfits and filming. It was crazy. Then I felt obliged to include all the women in the film. So the film is longer than it should be. But the intentions and experience was so beautiful and heartfelt. The support of all cast and crew will remain most special to me.

How has the short film been received?

It was well received. It was shown in many film festivals, particularly in India. We’ve had many messages from viewers who could relate to the stories told in the film. Lots of supportive words.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Since doing ‘See Me Now’, I’ve directed three short films. ‘gYmnast’ is a fashion film paying homage to the Olympic gymnast. ‘Day in the Life of Aliya Mustafina’ explores what it takes to be an Olympic champion. ‘PAris’ is a dance film love letter to Paris. I’m in pre-production of three other short films.

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

Just do it. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Go for it. Appreciate any support that you get. Very few people give a shit about your film, value those who do.

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