What really connected me to the film business came from my uncle who was a journalist and columnisfor the LOS ANGELES TIMES. Being a filmmaker you are a storyteller just with moving photos, and I’ve always appreciated photography. It was a natural jump to go from magazine publishing, which was my first career to follow on my uncle's path, to the movie business.
Other examples would be the Actors who were from the state of Indiana where I grew up. My high school boyfriend was a cousin to the Actor James Dean. Years later I would be attending James Franco’s Studio 4 Acting & Filmmaking school. Franco won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for portraying JAMES DEAN in his biopic. Years later again, I would watch Franco directing THE DISASTER ARTIST and I participated in that award-winning Feature which has James Dean scenes.
I moved to New York City after graduation from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. In NYC I met my ex-husband whose late father was the Actor Dustin Hoffman’s Manager. Hearing stories of life with him was inspirational too. But mostly, it was just a pull I have that kept me moving into acting and filmmaking.
Princess Arthur Productions is the official name of our production company. The name stems from the legends of King Arthur and my last name. With ancestors from the United Kingdom, I thought it would be a unique way to tie history to my films.
In addition to the feature film FATE’S SHADOW: THE WHOLE STORY (which included 4 Teasers and a Short film version entitled just FATE'S SHADOW), I have an animated Short film in the festival circuit entitled V & F, which stands for Vernell & Frank. That is about a vine and a fence inside a Los Angeles park. Outside of those two projects, I am in pre-production on another Feature film entitled RINGS OF THE UNPROMISED. All three projects are very special, and I'm excited to see each released after their festival runs.
FATE'S SHADOW: THE WHOLE STORY is about a rich player who emotionally abuses his girlfriend until she discovers the bond of multiple past lives that ties them together into modern day. From their experiences she is empowered to turn the tables on him.
It's an impactful feature with a stellar cast and crew including Ms. American Petite Finalist and multiple award-winning Actress Filmmaker Michelle Arthur, Golden Globe winner Karen Sharpe, former Miss Golden Globe Kat Kramer, Body Builder Champion and TV Star Kevin Caliber, as well as International Dance Champions Maksim Leonov from Belarus and Elena Nesterova from the Ukraine. All on the cast perform masterfully with originally composed music from R. Kim Shultz.
The aim of the production is to lift the veil on spiritual matters and raise awareness on relationship issues. One in four women across the globe are in an abusive relationship. It is the Producer's hope that the film empowers others to leave unhealthy situations.
So many stories we could tell about the production process. It's been quite the journey between dodging a pandemic, medical issues, and major out of state moves requiring some cast to travel thousands of miles just to be on set. The list of obstacles is very long but at the end of the day, the feature was finished on time, within the desired 85-minute length, and within budget.
One of the most scary times is when we shot the abbey scene with 4 actors. It was about 93 degrees and I overheated which caused my face to turn color, smear my makeup, and catch me out of breath at times. We had no HMUA with us when we filmed that due to the conditions, the natural look of nuns and priests, and we had already wrapped our HMUA. In addition, we were on a very narrow dirt road high up on a hill with a cliff. A huge construction company truck drove through scattering us. As the Producer I was concerned for the teams' lives and yelled out to people to grab a tree or face the cliff's rocks in case debris would hit them. The truck paid no attention to our group and how it made it up the steep hill to its construction site is still a mystery. We were able to get the scene shot after the delays. However, it was the only time the crew was pushing me onwards instead of the other way around with me trying to motivate them more toward excellence. I'm proud of them for that.