Friday, February 18, 2011

Actress Danielle Harris on Directing?

I came across an interview Danielle Harris (Halloween 4 & 5, Rob Zombie's Halloween, Hatchet II) did with MTV GEEK and I found this quote quite interesting.

Danielle Harris
(Halloween, Hatchet 2)

"...I know that it’s short-lived. That’s actually why I applied to the AFI to the Women’s Directing Program because that’s the next step for me. There’s no female directors in the genre, but all these leads and it’s mostly written by men, so what the f***? Why are there not more women doing this?
That’s kind of where I want to start in sort of making that transition. I’ll always be an actor and I will always do these movies, but they may just be few and far between. But like I said in the beginning, I only like taking things that I’m excited about, and even if some people don’t understand why I do it, a lot of stuff I do, I do for no money because I just want to be a part of it. ... "

 Could this be the next step for many female leads in the horror genre?  I think it's interesting.  I am a huge supporter of more female directors.  As you've seen, I have worked with Actress/Director Sage Hall twice this year.  And both short films have turned out to be great successes.
  Tara Cardinal had a big hand in making her film The Legend of the Red Reaper look the way it does,  then there is the new short film from Devanny Pinn titled CatARTic and Shannon Lark has directed the short Lip Stick and many others.

Tara Cardinal
(Legend of the Red Reaper)
 I think that Harris has the right idea.  Make your own films women.  You know what you want to see, you know what you want to play.  If you're not seeing it on screen, then step behind the camera and make it happen.  There are tons of industry people that will help and want this shift!
Sage Hall
(Director: Candy., The Couch)

 It does seem like the Independent, outside the studio system actress' are the ones doing this though.  It's very rare to see a female horror genre A-lister get behind the camera.

I welcome more of it!

Devanny Pinn
(Director: CatARTic)
Shannon Lark
(Director: Lip Stick)

Read the entire Danielle Harris Interview on MTV GEEK