We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay St. Laurent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
As a creative, my mind wonders from project to project. As a independant filmmaker, I need the ability to balance multiple projects in different phases of Pre-Production, Production and Post Production.
Balancing the two can be tricky.
I’ve found great success in organization. Making sure I have meetings booked and time blocked off to tackle small steps towards moving a project forward within a reasonable timeframe.
Knowing myself and my own tendencies and trying to work within my natural flow. I really recommend everyone look at the way they work, what stresses them out, and make choices to keep the passion alive for what we chose to do.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Starting my production company Crooked Pine Motion Pictures, was really the push off the cliff for me. I had been working in Post Production for shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley, Netflix’s Arrested Development and others to pay the bills and directing only a few times a year. But once the pandemic hit, all that was removed from my way and I had to focus on my projects and planning more to come down the pipeline. I was able to stretch myself to working with new diverse voices and talent and even in different mediums like stop motion animation and with puppeteers.
I’m also really excited about an upcoming feature documentary I’m directing and producing. It’s about the sex talk, and the positive impact it has on adult relationships. The message is strong and relatable, and the voices I’m putting in front of the camera have stories we can all learn from.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love a full day of sight-seeing.
– We would wake up on a Sunday morning at grab coffee at AMP Coffee in North Hollywood.
– I’d drive us to Pasadena and we would go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market (monthly) and find cute vintage outfits
– Come home and relax by the pool for a couple hours
– Then we’d pack a picnic (or pick-up food) and head to The Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a movie night hosted by Cinespia. Our new vintage outfits would be themed to the film so our free photobooth picture is perfect. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shoutout Craig Mazin and John August, the creators of Scriptnotes. A commercial-free podcast that really offers current industry information to screenwriters or those looking to break into the industry. They aren’t looking to collect a dime, and really care about the future of Hollywood.
Their podcast was a valuable resource when I was starting out.
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