University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television senior Linda Paola Varela (BFA, ’22) wrote a first-person account about how she made her senior thesis film for media site No Film School. The site is a prominent source of film, TV, and tech news by and for filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives.
In her article, entitled The Power of the Ask—And Other Things I Learned Making My First Sci-Fi Telenovela, Linda covers seven lessons she learned during the making of her film I’m Just Trying to Help, about a young woman seeking a novelty treatment for her mental illness finds herself in a fight for survival against an eerily cheerful AI avatar and the doctor who created her.
“I am extremely grateful to Lisanne Skyler and Jacob Bricca, my thesis advisors, because they gave me the space to really go for what I wanted with this film even if they couldn’t completely see how it would come together in the beginning,” Linda shared in the article. “They were both quick to offer their help or refer me to other resources whenever I became stuck and were extremely supportive of me taking on such an ambitious project. I never heard them question whether I could pull it off, and that faith really boosted my confidence throughout the process.”
Watch the premiere of Linda’s film at I Dream in Widescreen on May 7 at 7pm at the Fox Tucson Theatre. More information and tickets at idiw.tftv.arizona.edu.Read more at No Film School