Interview with

Serena Williams

Director/Writer/Star of

Serena Williams

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

‘Crazy’ really came about after quite a testing period. Whilst the world itself was preparing for catastrophe, our personal journey through life had lead us to a place where we began to seek the positive lesson in every experience. Yes, even the most of troubling times. We began to realise that no matter what life threw at us, we had in fact sent us a gift in some way, helping us through each trial and that merely perceiving our circumstances as perfect, did actually open up our paths to that reality. The twisted nature of the balance of reality and fear…. How it challenges us and breaks us until we are warriors. Somehow Harlequin, we could now understand her and the bliss she had found beyond the pain. ‘Crazy’ was created initially as a song to celebrate the jester that is life and to show the reality of the beauty of the upside down nature of the synchronised way in which all things exist. A song about loving and being excited for and accepting of every part of life. To see the good when others see bad, to shine a light in the dark that brings unity to our fractured soul. We knew the video had to be epic. In truth, at first we had a smaller idea but still theatrical vision for the film to be set in a theatre. The concept of an unaware audience watching this stage show of jesters telling a story, meanwhile they are being programmed in real life. To make this vision a reality was going to need a lot of creativity as we had a limited budget, crew and venues. The world was in lockdown. A venue we had planned for the theatre scene was no longer available. Amazingly, a fantastic opportunity literally ‘popped up’ in the form of a pop up in East London! Selfie Factory. We contacted them and asked about filming for a video and they said that was fine and within regulations. With all these new backdrops then came a story. It tied in very much with our personal journey of a spiritual awakening. We start in one place and journey outwards to escape and are transported as if through a porthole into a new life of ups and downs and twists and turns but for sure adventure and abundance. A weird and wonderful world of alchemy. The video began to take life and all the most important moments of my life came to me as a child sitting watching Michael Jackson’s Moon Walker. How inspired eye was. Eye wanted to satirically bring that image back to life reborn again that same energy and arrangement but into a new, modern story. What it became was so much more, paying homage to so many wonderful childhood influences and influential creative powerhouses.

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

So many! Everything closed, limited funds, waiting weeks on weeks for deliveries delayed. There were so many times when it seemed the video may not happen. The song was still being mixed and we missed a booking to film due to illness. Somehow, we pulled through together. In the spirit of the song, we knew from the moment we wrote it that this song was gonna bring some trouble with it. But that message would be worth it for it had not been heard before and for sure some positive karma in the form as abundance in the near future for doing so. We designed all the sets outside of selfie factory ourselves and styled the costumes and make up and hair for everyone on set. We also did all the editing, post-filming , including special effects. It was a labour of pure love and passion that only the will to breathe can compare to.

How has the short film been received?

Being of controversial nature, we were geared up to face shocked audiences with questions over meanings to symbols and characters. What we found was a bouquet of opinions and perceptions but all very positive. The video even got picked up for a reaction video which was very cool! To see that made our heart’s smile. The jumping in seats and smiles and excitement of that viewer as they felt so entertained and proud for us. In other news, the video had lead to the start of new collaborations for a future short and a feature size production. We feel it is still blossoming even and in time will get the audience it truly deserves.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

We are currently filming a short film/music video production with a team at Staffordshire University as well as recording our second album and solo projects. Filming for the feature project to begin in October. We have been busy with the release of our first album and preparing for gigs this summer with the festival bookings we have managed to get. The short film is called ‘Witches’ and is a music video themed like a movie soundtrack video. Where we will make the movie and play it within the music video in parts. The lead characters in what is scripted as the original film, is a spin on clockwork oranges lead character Alex called ‘Alexia’. She is the rebel leader of an all female girl gang patrolling the land seeking those who need help and attaining it for them. The modern day self outside of the film is myself as a witch and leader speaking out to say that we are moving towards freedom and acceptance.

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

Do it today. You don’t need to have it all. Your only nessecity is a creative mind to find a way to bring to life anything in ur imagination. Plan and so things one by one. See forward with a positive heart and the universe will allign all that you need. This was in fact my first published short film and for that I am very proud of myself. I achieved so much beyond what I could even envisage I could be capable of. You surprise yourself when you give yourself a shot.

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Interview with

Serena Williams

Director/Writer/Star of

Serena Williams

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

‘Crazy’ really came about after quite a testing period. Whilst the world itself was preparing for catastrophe, our personal journey through life had lead us to a place where we began to seek the positive lesson in every experience. Yes, even the most of troubling times. We began to realise that no matter what life threw at us, we had in fact sent us a gift in some way, helping us through each trial and that merely perceiving our circumstances as perfect, did actually open up our paths to that reality. The twisted nature of the balance of reality and fear…. How it challenges us and breaks us until we are warriors. Somehow Harlequin, we could now understand her and the bliss she had found beyond the pain. ‘Crazy’ was created initially as a song to celebrate the jester that is life and to show the reality of the beauty of the upside down nature of the synchronised way in which all things exist. A song about loving and being excited for and accepting of every part of life. To see the good when others see bad, to shine a light in the dark that brings unity to our fractured soul. We knew the video had to be epic. In truth, at first we had a smaller idea but still theatrical vision for the film to be set in a theatre. The concept of an unaware audience watching this stage show of jesters telling a story, meanwhile they are being programmed in real life. To make this vision a reality was going to need a lot of creativity as we had a limited budget, crew and venues. The world was in lockdown. A venue we had planned for the theatre scene was no longer available. Amazingly, a fantastic opportunity literally ‘popped up’ in the form of a pop up in East London! Selfie Factory. We contacted them and asked about filming for a video and they said that was fine and within regulations. With all these new backdrops then came a story. It tied in very much with our personal journey of a spiritual awakening. We start in one place and journey outwards to escape and are transported as if through a porthole into a new life of ups and downs and twists and turns but for sure adventure and abundance. A weird and wonderful world of alchemy. The video began to take life and all the most important moments of my life came to me as a child sitting watching Michael Jackson’s Moon Walker. How inspired eye was. Eye wanted to satirically bring that image back to life reborn again that same energy and arrangement but into a new, modern story. What it became was so much more, paying homage to so many wonderful childhood influences and influential creative powerhouses.

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

So many! Everything closed, limited funds, waiting weeks on weeks for deliveries delayed. There were so many times when it seemed the video may not happen. The song was still being mixed and we missed a booking to film due to illness. Somehow, we pulled through together. In the spirit of the song, we knew from the moment we wrote it that this song was gonna bring some trouble with it. But that message would be worth it for it had not been heard before and for sure some positive karma in the form as abundance in the near future for doing so. We designed all the sets outside of selfie factory ourselves and styled the costumes and make up and hair for everyone on set. We also did all the editing, post-filming , including special effects. It was a labour of pure love and passion that only the will to breathe can compare to.

How has the short film been received?

Being of controversial nature, we were geared up to face shocked audiences with questions over meanings to symbols and characters. What we found was a bouquet of opinions and perceptions but all very positive. The video even got picked up for a reaction video which was very cool! To see that made our heart’s smile. The jumping in seats and smiles and excitement of that viewer as they felt so entertained and proud for us. In other news, the video had lead to the start of new collaborations for a future short and a feature size production. We feel it is still blossoming even and in time will get the audience it truly deserves.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

We are currently filming a short film/music video production with a team at Staffordshire University as well as recording our second album and solo projects. Filming for the feature project to begin in October. We have been busy with the release of our first album and preparing for gigs this summer with the festival bookings we have managed to get. The short film is called ‘Witches’ and is a music video themed like a movie soundtrack video. Where we will make the movie and play it within the music video in parts. The lead characters in what is scripted as the original film, is a spin on clockwork oranges lead character Alex called ‘Alexia’. She is the rebel leader of an all female girl gang patrolling the land seeking those who need help and attaining it for them. The modern day self outside of the film is myself as a witch and leader speaking out to say that we are moving towards freedom and acceptance.

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

Do it today. You don’t need to have it all. Your only nessecity is a creative mind to find a way to bring to life anything in ur imagination. Plan and so things one by one. See forward with a positive heart and the universe will allign all that you need. This was in fact my first published short film and for that I am very proud of myself. I achieved so much beyond what I could even envisage I could be capable of. You surprise yourself when you give yourself a shot.

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