We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Russin-McFarland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Let your films speak for themselves. People watch movies because they love the people making them. They love how Martin Scorsese’s movies are about real people he may have seen around in New York. Walt Disney was a nice Midwestern gentleman who pretended he didn’t smoke not to break that ideal for children, and kids grew up trusting him like a nice uncle they never had seeing his movies. You look at how anyone who has a lifelong film career is there because people love that person first. You don’t have to be perfect. No, be flawed if you want. Be yourself. Be a caricature of yourself if you want. Be someone, is all I’m saying. You need to mean something to people for them to care about your work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a film director and film score composer because I wanted to control the music as it winds up in my work. I am in 2021-2022 releasing animated films and a cartoon TV series with the goal of fundraising for filming a motion capture movie in New Zealand. I want to rent space at Peter Jackson’s Stone Street Studios and somehow pull off a lower budget movie in the style of The Adventures of TinTin!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, I would recommend getting comfort food like Patrick’s Roadhouse. You can’t go wrong! Something for everyone is on that menu. It has a nice selection of beef and meatless. For friends who eat a lot, someone could go for steak and eggs. With the pandemic, the best you can do is get carry out and enjoy it by the beach. The pandemic has had everyone cooking again, so of course a first “order” of business would be I would buy a friend’s cooking or bake him brownies and trade. He has gotten into stews and really good stuff.
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 love The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne makes us care about the people in the Holocaust like her because we get to know her. We don’t see them as statistics.
They’re mine 😉