Danielle is a senior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, currently pursuing a BFA in acting with a minor in film production. She is screening with YoungFilmmakers on April 12th at 8:15pm.
From a young age, she has always had a passion for storytelling and all things creative, from drawing to writing to filmmaking and editing. She began her studies at NYU in acting intensives, completing her primary training at The Meisner Studio, and advanced training at Stonestreet Studios for film and television, where she was able to rediscover her love for behind the scenes. She realized that her acting training had actually helped her become a better writer and director, and vice versa. She is so thankful that Tisch has given her the opportunity and resources to explore her creative ideas and put them into practice, and is honored to be a part of the YoungFilmmakers series. Seamless Love was written, directed, produced, and edited by Danielle. She also plays the role of the Delivery Girl.
There will always be surprises on set that you could never have anticipated. The lesson I learned is to always stay calm and quick on your feet in coming up with a solution when you are faced with unexpected challenges. After months of planning out every detail of my film schedule, I almost ran into a location issue that may have prevented me from getting the majority of my necessary shots in. It was a stressful situation, but it worked out in the end. My advice is to always be prepared to have a backup in case you are faced with the worst case scenarios, because challenges are inevitable.
I would have to say the greatest challenge while shooting was directing the scenes I was acting in. I knew this would be a challenge, but figured I could handle it because the role I was playing is not a main part. But even so, in the scenes I was in, it was a challenge to be completely in the moment of the scene, while simultaneously taking notes for direction of the next scenes. They contradict each other a bit. Thankfully, my crew was amazing and helped me out.
Seamless Love trailer: https://vimeo.com/153867342
Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.
YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.