Jessica Erin Martin reached out to us to tell us about their project Abby and Tabby Alone in the Desert. Once I watched their pitch reel I was hooked! This story is a hilarious look of two women helping each other through horrific situations. Jessica was awesome and did and interview with us to tell us more!!
L21L: You guys are hilarious!! I love the promo video! How did this story come about?
JM: It came from a scene that Ashley (Abby) and I did, and was actually going to be a different story all together. But that project was a little too large in scope, so I kept the relationship between our characters and the sc-fi aspect, added some comedy, and made it into a feature film. It’s really a story about the power of women helping other women.
L21L: Tell us a little about yourselves!
JM: Absolutely! We’re a group of actors who are also filmmakers. You may have seen us in The Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds, Grimm, The Last Ship, Bonnie and Clyde, Dallas, Starstruck, Z Nation, and a variety of other shows and films.
L21L: When and where can we see this movie?
JM: We are hoping to have our festival premiere in early 2018, so you will have to wait a little bit to see it. After our festival run, we will be putting it online to rent/buy/stream. In the meantime, you can follow us on Seed&Spark to stay updated on our happenings.
L21L: Are you hitting the film circuit?
JM: That’s the plan. Right now we’re focusing on making the movie. Once it’s completed, we’ll make a list of the festivals we think would be best suited for the film. Then fingers crossed we’ll be accepted!
L21L: Your film deals with two very serious topics, but in a comical way. Are you hoping to shed light on these issues?
JM:You nailed it. Often times, we can be more honest in comedy than we can with drama.
The film will be primarily humorous, but have some more serious scenes. Though the story and the action will be comical, all of the motivations are coming from a much darker place.
L21L: Here at lost21losers we are huge on the anti-bullying issue! Have you all had to face adversity and how did you overcome it?
JM: I had an unfortunate experience with a psychologically abusive relationship about ten years ago. What got me through it was my best friend. Which is one of my inspirations for this film. It was the women in my life that helped me get through that dark time.
L21L: What advice would you give others who are wanting to pursue the same path?
JM: Practically speaking: save a lot of money, and learn how to take care of your physical and mental health. A creative career is a long and sometimes punishing one, so know how to take care of yourself.
Aside from that, take classes. Get to be really good at what you do. And be open to meeting people. You never know what great connections can me made, or collaborators you’ll meet.
And remember that the things that make you different are the things that set you apart. In this town, that’s a really good thing.
L21L: Who are your inspirations?
JM: Helen Mirren. She’s my idol. Her class, confidence, and candor (not to mention her plethora of incredible performances) are a source of constant inspiration.
Another complete badass is Ava Duvernay. Not only are her films amazing, she is sending the elevator back down for other women directors.
L21L: What is your favorite part about the filmmaking process? Writing, acting..ect.
JM: I’ll always be an actor, first and foremost. That is my true passion. I love coming up with ideas, but actually hate sitting down and writing a script. Treatments and shorts are fine, but you won’t see me writing a feature. My favorite part about producing is making a thing happen. Putting the team together. Knowing you put something out into the world that wasn’t there before. And as a director, it’s really about surrounding yourself with the right people and the right cast. I love just letting people do what they are really good at. Someday I’d love to direct something I wasn’t also acting in or producing - it is pretty exhausting to do both!
L21L: What are your favorite movies?
LM: My desert island movies are: Princess Bride, Moulin Rouge, Spirited Away, Casino Royale, and Gone with the Wind. However, my favorite performances are a little different and I wrote about them here. And as a director, I love David Fincher.
L21L: Please give us any links to Instagram, twitter, Facebook, websites, just tell us all the ways we can help you reach your goal and see what’s next!
JM: You guys are the best! You can visit our campaign page here. On the “Story” tab, there are links to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And you can visit my website, www.jessicaerinmartin.com, to view my past films and stay updated on all of my happenings!