Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer, director, filmmaker and photographerÂ living in North Hollywood. In 2012 she was involved in the unprecedented project 52 Films/52 Weeks: A Year in Filmmaking, where she and her partners, wrote, directed, produced and edited a film a week for an entire year. She currently has several independent projects in development, runs a music video production company as well as a budget consciousÂ photography business for the hard working actor. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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“Sunday Lunch”, 52 Films/52 Weeks Project, 2011, LA
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.
- Albert Einstein
Alex, Lily & Monsie
I was asked a few months ago to take part in a filmmaking festival a dear friend of mine was putting together. Because I am ridiculously busy and always say yes to things anyway, and then sometimes run myself ragged trying to get it all done, I acted like a grown up and said no.
"Fontana”, Samantha & Javier Ronceros, 2011, Lancaster, CA 2011
I was asked a question just recently, by someone who does not make films, or do anything particularly creative.
‘The Race’ 2011, Burbank.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated?
You are not alone…
This is the beginning of the season of awards, fall film festivals and lots and lots of screenings.
Living in LA we are surrounded by the movie business, and that can be intimidating for very independent filmmakers because, well, everyone is bigger than you.
Filming Man Eating Tree, 52 Films/52 Weeks, 2011
I’m the kind of person who can’t stop creating, even if I don’t write it all down and it stays in my head, which is actually more often than not come to think of it, I am always thinking about some new or old idea I have for a film.
The more you do, the more you do
Gustavo The Great, Angeles National Forest, 2011
A great friend of mine, who is also an accountant, reminds me regularly of the importance, as I am essentially a freelancer, of cultivating and maintaining multiple income streams. She is right of course, and while I would like to have a larger multiple of streams of income than I have at present, it also got me thinking about multiple streams of creativity.
Finding your style & not being afraid of it looking weird.
“If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed” - Stanley Kubrick.
Beckets War, 52 Films/52 Weeks, 2011
I have had some tough, tough days on set.
For lot’s of different reasons.
But most of the time there are three major reasons why a tricky shoot can become an uphill battle, start to finish.
Making a film should be, in my humble opinion at least, as daring and as bold and as seemingly impossible as trying to catch lightning in a bottle. And when done right, the results are just as beautiful as what I would imagine lightning would look like, captured and bottled. But as difficult as that might seem, and I am no physicist...I’m pretty sure catching lightening is actually impossible. What I am really reaching for is the concept of setting your expectations really, really high and to not be afraid of that.