Published on April 2nd, 2018 | by Biz Books
2018 Storyhive Spotlight: Jane Gone Wild
BizBooks.net is pleased to showcase a few of the local creators for this round of the 2018 Storyhive Digital Shorts Edition.
In this interview, we talked to Robyn Westcott about Jane Gone Wild.
Can you start by telling us about you and your film?
Originally from Bowen Island, BC, I decided to start acting when I was 15 years old. I took a scene study class with a fellow-Islander, Matthew Harrison, and fell in love with the craft. Art has always been a part of my life, and empathetic, expressive people have always inspired me. I moved out into the Big City at 19, and ever since have been striving to maintain a colourful, creative life.
Jane Gone Wild dives into the psychological crisis of a modern-day, directionless millennial. She feels bound by expectations to looks a certain way within the confines of society, and is unsure whether her relationship with her long-term boyfriend is contributing to her feeling of being trapped. The short film touches on heartfelt subject matter with comedic notes and a twist of fantasy. If you threw Blue is the Warmest Colour in with Wild and then blended it in with Peter Pan and of course Tarzan, you might get something close to Jane Gone Wild.
Who else is involved in this project?
We’re blessed with a very skilled, small cast and crew.
One of our lead actors, Liam Hall, will be doubling up as our Aerial Director of Photography. Liam has lead an exciting career with appearances on Once Upon a Time, Lucifer and most recently Arrow as Kane Wolfman.
Our Director of Photography and Visual Effects artist is Terry Marriott. A director himself, he has worked on the visual effects teams that brought you Harry Potter, Fast and Furious, Alice: Through the Looking Glass, Inception, Suicide Squad and many more.
More of our team includes Christina Crivici, playing Jane’s best friend, Eunice Kang co-producing and myself (Robyn Westcott) as producer, director, writer and lead actress.
Maya Hunter McMartin Photography
What would making this film mean to you?
It would be a fantastic opportunity to direct my first project. Creatively and societally, I have a lot to say and share, not only as a young woman, but a human being.
Jane Gone Wild is intended to show what some of us go through to fit in to a routine where we’re surrounded by pavement, glass, credit cards, chatter, make up, hair-removal and advertisements. We can get caught in it and life can feel empty. Jane finds a way to get in touch with her true, “wild” self through the chaos.
It would mean a lot to get a chance to direct a project that challenges concepts of success, happiness and what it means to live a full life.
What film-related books or authors have been influential in your career so far?
I’d say the first book that influenced my career was East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I performed a scene from the movie script in one of my early acting classes, and loved the story so much I found the book! The richness of the story and complexity of the characters sparked a love for character and storytelling. Other books that influenced be are Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez and Story by Robert McKee.
Where can we find out more about your film?
We currently have a Facebook page set up with behind the scenes shots, promo footage and information about our cast.
Thanks to Robyn Westcott for speaking with us!
For more information about this project and the other Storyhive digital short entries, please visit Storyhive.com