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TALK TO THE INTERNET: Courtney Holschuh (Director and Cinematographer)

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In ‘Talk To The Internet’, we ask one internet sensation questions to find out their loves, hates and their dream casts in the world of film.

Courtney Holschuh is a film maker, librarian, and standup comedian from Huntington, WV. She has filmed everything from puppets to musicians, and puppet musicians. She is apart of the small film outfit, Brainwrap Productions.

How did you get into filmmaking?

I never planned on directing anything. I was pretty content operating the camera or collaborating on projects with my friends, but directing? I didn’t think I had the personality for it. Last year my friends and I were meeting at our usual time, usual place and realized we hadn’t made a personal project in a while. We came up with a plan to each bring in two pages next week and shoot that. I brought in an idea and 3 months later we had “Cleaning Up After People”.

Describe your film-making process

It usually begins with someone bringing in an idea or something they’ve written. We sit in the “war room”, a small room in the basement of a friend’s house, with a chalk board and laptops, and we hash everything out. We call up friends and contacts to see if they want to be in or help out with our film in anyway, and people are always very helpful and even excited. Sometimes we mould our story to fit what people and resources we have available.

What’s your favorite film and why?

I’d have to say its Night of the Hunter. It’s based off a novel set in my home state of West Virginia. Robert Mitchum is downright disturbing, and Lillian Gish is a total badass. The movie is black and white, but it doesn’t look like any other black and white film of its time. It’s very dark, and it matches the tone perfectly. It was the only film Charles Laughton ever directed because it didn’t do very well at the time of its release. Imagine if he had gone on to direct more movies.

Have you ever walked out of a movie in theaters?

I feel almost embarrassed about this because I love the movie so much now, but when I was a teenager I walked out on A Mighty Wind. I was with a group of kids and they were getting rowdy, so we left. It wasn’t all bad though. After we left, we went to an old theater down the street and explored it from basement to balcony.

If you could invent your own film genre what would it be?

Non-plot driven.

If you were given the opportunity to direct a feature film, who would you cast in your dream movie?

Gena Rowlands. Any age. She’s amazing.

Who is your favorite female character from Film or TV?

Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. Hands down. I see a lot of myself in her. So awkward, but charmingly so.

In your opinion, what is a seriously underrated movie masterpiece?

Is Paper Moon considered a masterpiece? I mean it probably is, but I haven’t heard a lot of people talk about it.

Rank your top 3 films by your favorite director (if you have one)

I don’t have an absolute favorite, but I really like Elia Kazan. 1. A Face in the Crowd 2. Baby Doll 3. Splendor in the Grass

What was the last movie you watched?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Audrey Hepburn’s birthday.

Who or what inspires you in your day-to-day life?

Just people. It’s amazing that we get through the day sometimes.

Favorite movie quote?

I’ve never really thought about my favorite, but I was looking through the some of the greatest movie quotes of all time, and it’s amazing how many I knew and how I’ve used so many of them in conversation. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but I do find myself saying “That’ll do, pig, that’ll do” quite a bit.

Who are your biggest role models?

I work at a library, and the director has been at this library since 1967. It was a very different world for working women then to now, and she has weathered all of the changes. She’s the definition of a strong, independent woman that doesn’t take any shit. If I turn out to be half the woman she is, I’ll be doing ok.

What is your next project?

This week I’m heading to Nashville to film a musician record an album, and then off to the beach to film a music video. As far as short films, we’re looking to shot a short film that takes place at a flea market.

by Juliette Faraone


JULIETTEJuliette Faraone is 25 and feels it. She hails from Indiana and her habits include petting cats, reading books, and annoying her girlfriend with movie trivia. When she finally gets around to grad school, she plans to pursue a degree in gender studies and comparative literature. Her favorite films include Alien, Set It Off, and Meet Me in St. Louis. She rants about feminism at juliettefaraone.com

 

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