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Real Connections: An Interview with Seda Anbarci

Please tell us what inspired you to enter into the world of films?

I’ve always loved stories, especially TV series. I was first obsessed with cartoon shows as a kid and I would create new characters & storylines for them in my journals.

During my bachelor’s in Chemical and Biological Engineering, I’ve found my passion in creating stories for the screen. I love that we get to watch a character grow and learn over seasons of a TV series and that’s what inspired me to become a screenwriter & filmmaker.

Filmmaking is a laborious job, so what keeps you motivated?

I’ve never lost motivation over the years in my career. I keep going! The laborious part of the job actually makes me even more motivated to create for TV and films because the end product is always worth it! After working on sets, there’s an energy expansion and I find myself more inspired to write something new.

How do you choose your star cast?

I always look for authenticity. I love when actors channel their own experiences into the character’s story, so I look for a cast that’s going to bring their own unique voice to the story, and we will evolve and grow together with the story. I believe that each project is an experience for everyone involved.

Do you think taking an audition is the best way to cast for a movie or documentary?

Audition is a great way, but I also rely on callbacks. That’s when I get to learn more about the actor & how they relate to the story or character. And I have to make sure that they’re pleasant & fun to be on set with!!

Do you agree that many filmmakers fail to understand the importance of editing?

I do agree with that but then once we produce something of our own and have to edit it on our own, that’s when we learn the importance of editing. I believe that editors are such a crucial part of the filmmaking process that is often overlooked.

Who are your filmmaking influences?

Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy! They are a great inspiration for aspiring television creators and showrunners.

How do you choose a script that you are going to direct?

I usually write my own scripts or direct my writing partner’s stories. I have a lot of ideas, but I always look for a story that’s not been done before. A story that shows a diverse & unique perspective, such as Real Connections, which is about two struggling artists in Los Angeles. One from Italy, one from Spain.

Where do you see the film industry going in the next 2 years?

I believe and hope that the industry is going to start opening doors for more fresh & new voices rather than relying on remakes and sequels.

Do you make films to entertain the audience?

Not just to entertain, but also to leave them with a question. Sometimes existential, sometimes a small curiosity, but I think that it’s important to provoke questions in the audience’s mind to encourage growth and critical thinking while entertaining them.

Which actor, according to you, is the all-time best actor?

This is a very difficult question. I don’t think I can choose just one. I love the performances of Emma Stone, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and so many more female actors that are rocking the screen right now!

What are your goals when you make a film?

My first goal is to bring a fresh and unique voice to the screen. My second goal is to be a voice for underrepresented communities and show a different perspective that we haven’t seen before.

What role does music play in a movie?

Music is an essential part of the movie. It helps convey the tone & style of the movie as well as the feelings.

How do you ensure that production is on schedule?

I choose my assistant director very carefully!

Please tell us about your upcoming projects.

My next two projects are coming in June and I’m super excited for them!!

One of them is an audio fiction podcast called “Bonnie Screws Up,” produced by Aural Stories. It’s a production company by female producers & they aim to create content that can become the voice of female filmmakers. “Bonnie Screws Up” is about an actress from Spain who is torn between the Hollywood dream and following her heart. She makes her way up to become an A-lister, but at what cost? The podcast show will be available on your favorite podcast app on June 22nd!!!

The second project premieres on June 12th, and it’s an LGBTQ+ family drama & romance web series that I’ve directed & co-wrote. It’s called “Here We Are” and we made it with my talented writing partner, Lissette Camacho. It will be out on our Youtube channel, Lisseda Productions.

Learn more about the Here We Are web series.

More about me.


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