Originally published on the Examiner (AXS.com)
About the movie:
Casey opens an ancient artifact given to her by a mysterious woman and is tossed into a world of extraordinary power, vengeful queens, and some not-so-godlike new neighbors. Will the combination of otherworldly powers and earthly emotions prove too much to handle to gain free rent?
Based on the trailer, the comedic timing and synergy between the cast and crew of God Complex: Artemis is seamless. It has a touch of…well you know…it has uh…gee wiz, it’s pretty hard to explain. Your best bet is to take a gander at the trailer>>RIGHT HERE<
With engaging and snappy dialogue, the well-produced indie created by Wendy Wood and Tara Chadwick will definitely engage you in their diabolical world of supernaturally charged tenants of the God Complex (a.k.a modern day Parthenon) located in Los Angeles).
This spin on Greek mythology is nothing new for the crafty duo as they are regular contributors to the Annual Creation XenaConvention in Los Angeles. Their submissions include, “Inappropriate Stranger” and “Foes, Femmes & Djinns.”
Their most recent film was “Wicked: A Xena Musical”, widely praised by Xena fans including Rob Tapert himself, the creator of “Xena: Warrior Princess”. The DVD has been requested by fans all over the world.
However…all great productions need support. So why don’t hop on over to 55 Mile Entertainment website, (www.55mileentertainment.com) and check out Tara and Wendy and their team. Show them some love by donating to their cause. They have been working hard to bring this project to completion, including rewrites and recently acquired a surprise guest actor to portray Hera in their movie. Seriously kiddos, if that’s not enough god-like behavior to stroke that curiosity vein, then WHAT WILL?
God Complex: Artemis recently wrapped filming in Los Angeles, so keep a lookout for more updates on their website!
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By the way if you need a Xena fix check out Xena Museum, the largest collection of Xena props and wardrobe!
In the previous article, “God Complex: Artemis“, you learned about a cool indie production created by Tara Chadwick and Wendy Woody. However, let’s go deeper into a production and all of its bells and whistles. Learn the skinny from one of the movies producers, Carolina Azevedo.
Carolina is a graduate of Austin College and received her Master’s at Ashford University in Teaching and Learning with Technology. She loves to stay busy. When she’s not running around at Cafe Brazil in Carrollton, Texas or Eno’s Pizza Tavernin Bishop Arts, she’s working with her dad at Sil Azevedo Photography and producing great films.
As an independent film producer (from the school of Hard Knocks), she’s learned a thing or two about bringing a production together.
1 On 1 with Carolina Azevedo Part I
KD: Hi Carolina! Thanks for your time. Please explain your role as co-producer.
CA: My role as co-producer is to primarily seek funding for the film. I plan and execute fundraisers in support of the films as well as work to market the film by attending local film events, talking to others in the industry, and connecting with potential investors.
KD: What do you enjoy the most about being a producer?
The best part of being a producer is the networking. I love talking with people about their dreams and projects and I love talking about my own! Part of my job as producer is to talk about my project…how fun is that?
KD: It sounds like great fun. Before we begin, let’s start with your favorite quote. What is it, and why?
CA: I have tons of favorite quotes – particularly. I value wisdom of great people who have been able to achieve their dreams. Mark Twain is always one of my favorites, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
When you are venturing out into a field or job that is new to you, do not let others or your fears get in the way of your success. Embrace the opportunities that life gives you and do all that you can with your talents to realize your dreams.
KD: If you could change one thing about your entertainment career, what would it be?
CA: The hardest part of an entertainment career for me is figuring out how to make money! We all have to live, pay bills, etc. so overcoming this financial challenge would benefit many people I know who are also in the film business. Many people in Dallas donate a lot of time to volunteering, few actually live solely from film.
KD: What was the hardest lesson to learn about producing? What steps did you take to be better prepared for it on current and future projects?
CA: The hardest lesson to learn about producing is that it is a multi-faceted job. You have to learn to balance several roles and wear many hats in order to be successful. The most difficult part of producing a movie is becoming a “business woman.” Networking and marketing a movie comes easily for me, however, making business decisions and asking for money, takes time. In order to prepare myself for the next time, I have to exercise this business role, I have been reading books and articles about it from people who do it successfully and implementing this new knowledge into my own method.
Keep posted for part two of this interview and more information and tips about producing an independent film!
Part 3 of 3
Carolina is a graduate of Austin College and received her Master’s atAshford University in Teaching and Learning with Technology. She loves to stay busy. When she’s not running around at Cafe Brazil in Carrollton, Texas orEno’s Pizza Tavern inBishop Arts, she’s working with her dad at Sil Azevedo Photography and producing great films.
KD: If you lived in an alternate universe, what career would you have and why?
CA: I would be an Oscar-winning producer! I would own something like Paramount Pictures and enable movies that I believe in to be created. I have read so many excellent screenplays that would make such touching movies that I would want the power to take these scripts and turn them into award-winning movies.
KD: If producing a film requires all the work we’ve covered so far, and will be talking about, imagine what operating a production studio would be like. Speaking of women owning studios, do you feel that there are more or less viable roles for women in television and film today?
CA: Every year that goes by, I feel that there are more roles for women in TV and film. A great example of this was whenKathryn Bigelow won “Best Picture” in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker.” She was going against her ex-husband, a producer of the great “Avatar” and WON.
KD: What show on television today would you love to step in and produce for one episode?
CA: In addition to film, I love music. I would love to step intoSmash for a day! That show, produced by Steven Spielberg, is a spectacular musical about the creation of a new Broadway based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. I’d love to experience the voice of Katharine McPhee – the 2006 American Idol runner-up – in person!
KD: J.J. Abrams is on fire these days. My choice would be him. I would love to work with him one day. I would just float around him, soaking up all his masterful essence during development of another movie project like MI 4: Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruiseor Super 8. Haha!
What do you feel that novice female entertainers, writers or producers need to know before getting into the television and/or film industries?
CA: Sometimes, I wonder if I would be producing films now if I had known what a difficult journey it can be when I first started! My advice is to just go and DO it. Before I ever did anything on my own, it was all talk: “I wish I could make a movie about…” or “One day I want to film….” Talk doesn’t get you anywhere, so even if you don’t know how to do it, worry about that when you get to it! I try not to think too far ahead so that I am not discouraged but choose to focus on how much I have already accomplished and how to complete the next step.