Read our FILMMAKER Q&A with JESSIE RABIDEAU:
"The most important thing I can do right now is continue to create. "
Why do you make movies?
Because I have to! I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to do so, and I feel so grateful that I found myself in LA, because if I never moved here to pursue my Masters degree in Architecture there's no way I'd be making films today.
What story do you want to tell?
Right now, I am working on a project that I'm really excited about. It's about love and loss (pretty common themes in life), but I think there's an interesting take on it.
What’s your story?
I feel like my story is constantly evolving and I honestly haven't quite figured it out yet.
What do you want to achieve in your craft?
One of the reasons I'm drawn to acting and directing (and filmmaking as a whole) is that it is so challenging and every day I learn something new. That's what keeps me going - with each new project, I know I am going to learn something and better my craft. I just hope to be able to keep doing this for the rest of my life.
What messages were you trying to relay with Found and Amuse'd?
Found was a simple story of losing something but then finding something new. And I think with all loss, missed opportunity, failure, etc. there is another (and probably better) opportunity that opens up for you. I think about that a lot when I'm down about something. I know that something else will come along, and I will be better for it. In Amuse'd I just wanted to have fun and show that sometimes when you ask for something, it's not actually what you really want or, especially, need.
What was your vision for Found and Amuse'd when you were making them?
Since Found was my very first attempt at filmmaking, I wanted to keep it simple so I decided I wanted to tell a story without dialogue, which I think is a good challenge for every filmmaker who is starting out. How does one visually tell a story in three minutes of less? That film was inspired by an image of a couch sitting against a red brick wall outside, and the entire story came out of that one image. It was so organic. I just wanted to be able to tell this story as simply and interestingly as possible. Amuse'd was inspired by a relationship at the time. I wanted to make more comedies, and I also wanted an excuse to paint a giant horrendous painting of my face! ha! I was really just trying to experiment with comedy and try to learn how to land jokes and tell them visually.
What would you tell a young woman with aspirations to be a filmmaker?
Just do it! Make films - even if they're shot on your phone and aren't as professional as you'd like. You'll get there. It's so easy to make excuses or let fear of failure or whatever keep you from doing it. But the sooner you start, the better you will be and the more opportunities you will create for yourself. The times are certainly changing, and more and more females are getting the opportunity to tell their stories. That has definitely been encouraging for me. It's like, oh, wait! The world now wants to see what we have to say?
What has been your biggest struggle as a filmmaker?
Probably self-doubt. You think that because you aren't so experienced, you don't know anything and your opinions don't matter. But that's not true. Believe in yourself. And the more you keep making, the better you're going to be.
What do you see as the biggest struggle going forward?
Probably self-doubt. haha! Seriously, though, I am going to keep making things, and if eventually I get a bigger audience, then great. I know that's going to be difficult, but I also know that it takes time. The most important thing I can do right now is continue to create.