role in the new indie film reveals that private eyes — they’re
For many of us, cell phones, smart phones and digital cameras still feel
like new toys. Yet there is nothing playful about the dark side of
technology, especially when it falls into the wrong hands. The new
independent film, Privacy (Hard Headed Films), stars Gina
Busch as a woman who is caught in a web of modern technological
intrigue. The film, which is getting a resoundingly positive
response from film festivals and markets, raises the question of how
far digital equipment could and should go, and how impactful its
power can be on ordinary (and not so ordinary) users.
From an actor’s standpoint, what was your experience like
working on this film? Has it changed or transformed you in any way?
The experience was amazing and I learned a lot. Our
director, Jorg Ihle, was much more than a director; he was a mentor.
For some of us, this was our first major role in a feature film, so
in the beginning, I think there were some nerves. But everyone was
so incredibly supportive and encouraging. It inspired us to give 110
percent. The energy in a production is critical. We had positive
energy beaming from the walls. Such an awesome group of individuals.
Have I changed or transformed from this experience …
absolutely. The best tool of learning is through experience. For
instance, I learned that preparing for a scene can be challenged by
time, weather, location [and other variables]. You have to find your
zen and connect with your character without outside distractions.
Communication is key on- and off-set. I also learned that continuity
is a vital element in film, and keeping continuity throughout
filming can be challenging.
How would you describe Alexis?
Alexis is presented with information about her
illegitimate father whom she’s never known. After losing her mother
to breast cancer, she goes to her father in belief that he would be
interested to know that she exists. The breaking news stimulates
panic in her politician father, who offers to pay her off to keep
the information from being disclosed. Events further develop as she
finds herself fighting for her life. I think Alexis’ history
explains the courage and determination that you see throughout the
movie. She grew up without a father figure and aiding her ill
mother. She is an independent, brave, and strong-willed young woman.
You are both an actor and a model. Do you find the
transition between the two difficult?
As a model you find yourself playing different roles on
camera. So ultimately they can compliment each other. Modeling made
me more comfortable in front of a camera, especially when filming
However, my first acting teacher told me she could always
point out a model in her class because they are more aware of
themselves and they often tend to stand in a pose while performing.
Models do learn to be aware of everything while shooting, from their
clothes, to their hair, to how they place their hands. And in acting
you must be in the moment without worrying about how you look.
Luckily, I understand that and I can transition between the two
Do you perceive a certain preconception from casting
directors and film producers about models who want to be actors? Do
you have to overcome that perception?
Every once in a while, I’ll find myself in a situation
where I’m defending myself as an actor. It’s occasional, but it
happens. There are a lot of models who aspire to be actors as a
second resort or transition from modeling. But there are others who
study, dedicate and show commitment to the art. A good agent isn’t
going to take you on because you have a pretty face. You have to
prove to them that you are the real deal.
The film has something to say about the potential dangers
of social media as it pertains to privacy. Would you agree that
social media could have its hazards as well as its pleasures?
I would definitely agree. The list of pros and cons is
endless. We need to be careful of what information is getting out
there and who’s getting ahold of it. Social media has to be
censored. It can be positive as long as it’s not misused. But with
the way technology is taking off, I think it’s a matter of time
before someone seriously abuses the system.
Speaking of new media, it seems to be a whole new world
nowadays when it comes to marketing and promoting independent film.
How is this film being presented to the world in a fresh and new
way, and in the context of social media?
Well, I think the concept of the film is fresh and new,
which in itself helps promote the movie. When I read this script, I
was captivated by the storyline. A computer-savvy boy taps into
cellphones and is able to see what anyone is doing at any time. It’s
a whole new play on technology. What makes it even more interesting
is that it could really happen. As for promoting the film, Facebook
and Twitter have been great for posting updates. We have the trailer
on YouTube and Vimeo. Some of the actors also made video
testimonials for the promotion of Privacy. The writer, Nicole
Jones, sent out a Twitter campaign for our supporters to help us
reach 10,000 views before our premiere at the Marché du Film at
Cannes Film Festival. We are currently well over our goal.
Take a look at the Privacy trailer here:
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