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Friday, November 16, 2012

In Touch with Director, Producer, and Writer Ambrosia Lanley - Shon Charisma Reporting

About a month or so ago, I received a notice from a group that mentioned a new SL movie premiering, and right off the bat, I was intrigued. I love machinima and the multiple talents -- writing, acting, producing, directing, and editing -- needed to develop a great movie. I immediately contacted the director of the movie, Ambrosia Lanley about the premiere, and in that conversation, I knew I had to feature her and her work. Ambrosia Lanley's work . . . and the woman herself . . . is intriguing, engaging, appealing, and dynamic. Come, sit a spell, and learn more about Ambrosia as she talks about her latest production, her inspiration, and more!


Ambrosia Lanley


SLE: Where does your inspiration come from?
Ambrosia: From the heart of human creativity comes inspiration and ideas.


The Unveiling, April 2012



SLE: What topics are you fascinated in covering in your movies?
Ambrosia: Women of strength and inner beauty who embrace that power.


Opening from Synesthesia, June 2012


SLE: What has been one of your favorite productions and why?
Ambrosia: Favorites are always the latest film release.


SLE: I watched your latest production, THE SNOW QUEEN, and loved it. Well put together, great action, intriguing storyline . . . and engaging humor throughout. What's the movie's logline?
Ambrosia: Transcontinental coast-to-coast sleeper service between New York City, and Los Angeles began on September 18, 1936. Climb aboard the Dreamship of the Clouds. Imagine your dream starting something like this. Once upon a time in the frozen north lived a beautiful and powerful Queen. The Snow Queen, queen of the snowflakes or "snow bees”. Her palace and gardens are in the lands of permafrost. Welcome to Lapland.


Snow Queen, October 2012



SLE: Where did the idea for The Snow Queen come from?
Ambrosia: The idea that a bedtime story as a child could turn into a dream as an adult. Your dream being so real you wasn't sure if it was a dream or happening.


SLE: What are major themes that resonate in The Snow Queen?
Ambrosia: Having multi-themes in this film made it difficult to identify any certain theme when the movie focused on dream state riddle. Just a dream with in a dream.


Clown Dolls Forever, January 2012


SLE: Talk to us about the development of The Snow Queen. How long did it take you to write the script? To get your actors and sets together and shoot the movie? To edit the movie?
Ambrosia: Sets were built as the script was being written to create visuals. Actors go through costumes and make up to begin test shooting for the storyboard visuals. Shooting begins depending on schedule and time changes with actors. Editing is done after each day of shooting adding the sound track, foley or sound effects. The Snow Queen took four months and many countless hours to produce.


SLE: I'm always about helping others, so I have to ask this question: to aspiring machinimatographers, what advice might you give to help them get started in the field?
Ambrosia: Groups are great way to meet people who are willing to share information about their craft. Join a Machinima group that has active members filming. Many of the best voice actors come from acting companies and groups who are machinimatographers themselves. The most important part of film making is enjoying the time with a team of people who love to create fun.

There are many inexpensive methods to make and edit film, so you can get started right away making the next Best Picture.


Luxor Children of the Gods, November 2011


SLE: What are you working on next?
Ambrosia: A murder mystery is up next although a long over due break is in order.


Sappho City, October 2011


SLE: How might SLE readers learn more about you and your projects?
Ambrosia: The YouTube channel announces the up and coming films premiere showings.


SLE: Anything else you'd like to say before we wrap this up?
Ambrosia: Island Rain Studios is an independent, privately owned full production film, and sound studio, and when you think about it, it's all about what you see and hear. That's how Island Rain Studios captures the eye and the ear of the audiences that make entertainment an exciting experience. But more importantly is the understanding of what the studio can do to improve machinima as we start new projects the future. The line between art and film can have a successful outcome if it's done by people who have a passion for machinima. Island Rain Studios is the visionary leader to bring machinima entertainment into the film industry.



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Ambrosia gave you her YouTube link above; however, there are other ways to keep in the know with Ambrosia. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook and check her out on Open Film.
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