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.
Allen Wolf, on the set of In My Sleep 2010
Why go to all the trouble and pain, why risk your money and your reputation and possibly your sanity?
Filmmakers are a funny lot, and very, very independent filmmakers have to be especially ‘out there’ because its hard work and no money and you are really and truly on your own much of the time on each project, start to finish.
‘Fontana’, 52 Films/52 Weeks
In the realm of very low budget filmmaking it can elevate the production value from 0 to a million dollars in one very simple and hopefully very free step. The studios have the luxury of purpose built sound stages and fabulous, fabulously expensive locations. We do not.
Writing characters and casting them are two of the most enjoyable parts of the filmmaking process. Bringing people to life on the page and then seeing them manifest in front of you in the casting room is really quite thrilling.
Where there’s a film there’s a way, and where there’s a story there’s a writer.
As long as there is a story of course...
Good to meet you!
My name is Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros and I am a very independent filmmaker.
Confused? I know I regularly am, but to me the term ‘very’ or in some cases ‘very,very’translates as ‘low’ and mostly ‘no’ budget, entirely on your own, begging, borrowing and always stealing (locations usually) filmmaking. I will try to explain.