We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor and Savannah Hinds and Sivert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor and Savannah, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As filmmakers, we have asked ourselves this question many times. The answer is always, “what else would we do?”– This may feel like a cop out, but let’s elaborate. What else would we do when we are already doing what we love? When we already do what we are always thinking about, obsessively thinking about… It is borderline unhealthy, but it is ours.
In a society that is constantly weighing and measuring you based on your monetary success or the accolades you receive, it can feel like the artist is in wait for the day that their art is worth doing. When you wait for the final product or the day you can own real estate (In LA? HA!) you spend your time telling yourself your project is too small, you just need someone to discover you and then you can finally start!
We’re here, we’ve started, we don’t have that big house or that first look deal, but we have our films and we have the community of artists around us to learn from and lift us up.
Our answer is to always keep going, this is always worth doing, simply because we love it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are filmmakers that focus in on laughter through the dark patches of life. Our mission is to normalize underrepresented characters, especially LGBTQ+, in the worlds of our stories. We always hope to leave the audience with the idea that things can get better and bad news is temporary.
Where we are today is because of the amazing people who worked on our most recent short film, ‘The Tale of The Daughter’, everyone’s hard work has shined through. This film is the most “success” we have experienced and it’s all thanks to those who worked their butts off to get us here.
Challenges with filmmaking will continually go back to the budget, at any level we will be limited by a number. We shot our first action scene with this film and we had to contend with making it as safe as possible and as affordable as possible. It was like walking a tight rope, but we believe we got to the other side unscathed. We wanted to make a low budget film feel like a big budget spectacle.
The biggest lesson we’ve learned is that you are the company you keep, and no one has to do this on their own. There are so many people out there that want to support you and contribute to your vision coming to life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Our main goal when we leave the house is food, so it might be hard to pivot our focus from there. We love to sit down with our best friends and share in a flavor journey. Yes that’s a pretentious way to say it, but if you’ve tried these spots, you’d get it.
The first place we always want to take people is Shikibu in Culver City, it’s the best Sushi in LA as far as we’re concerned. It’s owners and only employees are a married couple and they will absolutely blow your mind with their pieces and rolls. This is a top priority spot to hit.
Yellow Paper Burger, this one might be a challenge, depending on the time frame of the visit. This is a burger pop-up we usually visit in bars and coffee shops in East LA. Follow them on instagram @yellowpaperburger and stalk their location, hands down the best burger you can get in SoCal.
Anajak Thai in Sherman Oaks, we tried this recently and it was fantastic. We also must always get visitors a chocolate croissant from Porto’s. Or a cronut/donut from SK’s.
Cole’s French Dip in DTLA, they’re sandwich and spicy garlic fries are always a win. Their craft cocktails are some of the best we’ve had.
Hank’s Bagels and/or Belle’s Bagels, you can’t go wrong with either place. Pro-tip: get the rosemary sea salt bagel at Hank’s.
A hike a Griffith to the Hollywood sign, or a walk from the Venice Boardwalk to Santa Monica can help burn some of the calories we recommend you collect.
Cinespia is always a must, when in season. It’s so specific to the LA experience and we love a good picnic with a movie.
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?
There are so many people to shoutout, but we have to focus in on our producing, creative, and business partners, Christopher Piñero and Jazlyn Yoder. In 2020, with nothing else to distract us we opened our Production Company Moonshine Pictures and Co-produced our first two shorts. They are two of our best friends and main collaborators in all of our endeavors. They are both fellow Director/Producer/Writers and we owe our success with our most recent film “The Tale of The Daughter” to them and our crew. Jazlyn co-wrote and starred in the film and is a wonder to watch. Chris dedicated his time to producing and editing our film and spent countless hours in the trenches with us in the script development.
Lauren Ruth Ward, rock star, actress, boss, and all around angel. She took a chance on being in a fan’s short film with enthusiasm and collaboration. She is one of the best live performers and musicians we have ever seen. She shares her platform and resources to bring others up and we are so grateful to have her to inspire and challenge us.
Instagram: @taylorbhinds and @gotmyvanzon
All on set photos were shot by Shaila Hogan. She has released them for use.