Filmmaker Feature: Rachel Fitzgerald

by Feb 17, 2022Cinema Life Featured Filmmakers0 comments

 

 

Name: Rachel Fitzgerald

Discipline: Director/ Writer

Production Company: Wandering Film

Film: The Gunslinger

Logline: A Gunslinger fights for agency over her own story against a frustrated narrator who just wants to get their job done.

Festival(s): Atlanta Women’s Film Festival 2021 (Best Dark Comedy Film) and Atlanta Comedy Film Festival 2021 (Official Selection)

Country you’re based in: Western Australia

Short Bio: Rachel Fitzgerald directed the successful short film ‘Filch’ (2018) and ‘The Gunslinger’ (2021). Rachel hopes to make feature films one day and be a renowned action/comedy director. Rachel is a passionate filmmaker who strives to learn something new with each project.

Website: www.wanderingfilm.com.au

Social Media Links: IG @Wandering_Film

Favorite Quote: “If no one comes from the past to stop you, how bad of an idea can it be?

Interests/ Hobbies: Going to the movies, playing Dungeons and Dragons, gaming.

How did you get started in the Film Industry?

I first started by studying film in high school. Before that, I was going to go into IT, but as soon as I got a camera in my hands I knew what I wanted to do. In high school, I was a camera operator and it wasn’t until I went to the university that I started directing and writing my own scripts. I haven’t looked back since.

What are your upcoming and active projects?
I am currently working on two web series. One is about a grim reaper who’s not very good at his job, and the other is about an angel and a demon who failed their entrance exams and have to complete a bridging unit on Earth. 

What type of stories interest you and why?

I love comedy and action and superhero movies. There’s something special about watching a movie that’s so loved by the audience they cheer and clap during the film. That’s the dream.

What is your genre of choice?
Action/ Comedy

How are you creating a path for yourself in this industry?

I’m making more and more short films which are doing better in festivals every year. I’m also hoping to push into web series this year and to hopefully bridge up to making feature films in the future. Networking is a big part of this as is putting your film in as many festivals as you can.

What inspires you as a storyteller?

Honestly, I just want people to walk out of the cinema feeling happier than when they walked in. I want people to laugh and to think: man, that was a cool film.

How do you prep for a film, from writing to being on set?

A film is made first with the script (which has at least ten drafts) and in pre-production. I make sure I’m super organized so everything is ready to go from costume to rehearsals with actors to shot lists. This ensures filming goes as smoothly as possible and any hiccups are easy to fix.

What is the first thing you do when you get a script?
I mostly write my own scripts but when I have received a script from someone else it’s to thoroughly read through and make sure you understand the essence of the film and then you can start dreaming what it’ll be like. 

What are a few lessons you’ve learned from your recent project(s)?
I did the biggest gunfight scene I’d ever done in The Gunslinger and it all comes back to preparation. As long as you know what you want as a director and you rehearse with the actors and extras it’ll be a really cool scene. I wouldn’t go into a scene like that without preparing first.

What practical tips do you have for indie filmmakers (budgeting, marketing, directing)?
Keep making stuff. This is a hard industry to make it in, but as long as you keep improving with each project and keep pushing new projects out you’ll get somewhere. Sure you’ll get a lot of no’s, but don’t give up.

 

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