Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer, director, filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She co-created 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 film projects at various stages of development.
Very Independent Filmmaking - Things Can and Will Go Wrong
“It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes”
You said it Oscar!
On location, Lancaster, CA, Cold, early and miles from anywhere, having the time of my life…
Since there are rather a lot of mistakes to make, and while I feel from time to time that I have made more of them than most humans on this earth, I thought I would continue along the oddly popular theme of my failures, just for a little while longer…
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
‘The Bite’, 52 films/52 weeks, 2011
Sometimes the easiest way to advise a person embarking on their dream is not to tell them what to do and how to do it, but what not to do and how to avoid doing that over and over again.
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard
Well, thats one way of looking at it, but before the story there is the idea, and a beginning.
‘Across The Pond’ England, 2009
All the movies released over the past year, and even some not yet to be released, are vying for our attention, good reviews and possible consideration for various award ceremonies.
Gustavo The Great, 52 Films/52 Weeks, Angeles Crest, 4am, 2011.
Our second episode about episodic’s!
What stunning thematic dialogue we are having!
The Web series
Choosing to make a web series is a very big subject and as such I have decided to write about it over the span of two articles, so you don’t get bored, and I don’t get lost...
It takes a village to make a film, and, as the filmmaker, it’s up to you to find your village.
I’m sure you’ve heard the old joke...Mother Teresa arrives at the pearly gates, God calls out to her.
Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee. - Director James Cameron
Across The Pond, UK, 2009
"There’s nothing quite like the idea of failing spectacularly to excite a filmmaker." - Mike Figgis
Across The Pond TV Pilot, UK, 2009
“I’m not under too much of an illusion of how smart or un-smart I am because filmmaking ultimately is about teamwork.” - Guy Richie
“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Of course Yann Martel is a writer, a brilliant one, and not a filmmaker, but he is an artist, and so are we!
Across The Pond, TV Pilot, England, 2009
“Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.”
Ain’t that the truth!!
As artists we all need to find our voice.
Your reason for creating.
In some cases, such as mine, it can take half a lifetime to find, but once you have found it, it’s hard to ignore.
‘Fontana’ 2011, 52 Weeks/52 Films
“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.”
Billy Wilder (1906-2002);
filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist
Beautiful Sexy Funny Evil, 52 Films/52 Weeks, North Hollywood, 2011