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The Tears of Our Reality: An Interview with Maya Pegues

Tell us about yourself. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

The inspiration after you watch a great film always left me buzzing with new creative energy and drive. I found myself wanting to make that happen for others and to share unique stories that we don’t touch on as often or in detail.

Director Maya Pegues

Talk about your last work. What are some of the challenges you faced during production?

This was the first film I ever made, so that in general would bring many challenges. I also was not a film major or had taken any film classes, so I really was going based off of what I have learned on the few film projects I have worked on. With that said, it was definitely a learning process and the biggest takeaway from the project was that you have to be ready for anything to change and okay with it.

What makes you want to tell stories? In other words, what are the themes/issues you want to incorporate into your work?

I feel like I have a lot to say and just haven’t ever really gotten the chance to. I think it has to do with me being more expressive in art than in speaking it. I feel things in the world very deeply and I think I’ve had a unique experience as an artist that a lot of people could relate to. I find that I am really drawn to stories about artists and how we as humans go about our emotions and relationships but I am also very interested in world building and creating entirely new worlds.

Please tell us about your vision and your method of approaching a new project?

When approaching something new, I try really to have a lot of visual research prepared or any examples of other works to have something to start off with. I then also try to come with as open of a mind as possible and mentally prepare for multiple possibilities happening.

Who are your filmmaking influencers? What are the films that were influential for you?

For filmmakers I was very influenced by Studio Ghibli, Wes Anderson, and Jean-Luc Godard. A film that really impacted me was Howls Moving Castle.

How do you think the industry is changing? How has COVID affected independent filmmaking/creation?

I think since the start of film making to now, we have lost a lot of heart and appreciation to details to shock value and surface level appearances. I think the industry is starting to find it back in pockets but COVID has definitely made it hard to get your career started if you aren’t already wealthy, well connected, or a nepo baby. Although, on the flip side it has made a lot of people sit down and think about what life really means to them.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists? What are some of the things they must follow/avoid?

If you really want to do something, do it. It may seem like it is impossible or won’t change things for you, but it will. People will see your hard work and passion and will want to work with you because of it.

Choose people who have drive, that you are inspired by, and strive to be like to work with you because it will only push you more.

Write things down and keep inspiration boards for future work ideas.

Do you think films/stories can bring about a change in the world?

Yes. It changed my life. It brings a new perspective for people to grow their knowledge and perspective. Not only are we getting a story but something with visual and auditory aids. It makes all the difference seeing and hearing it and not just reading about it.

What do you think people like to watch these days? Has the pandemic changed people's taste?

I think we have become such consumers of a fast paced life that we expect to get that out of our entertainment also. We want things to be here now and we want to finish them that day. We have forgotten the beauty of time and the small things.

Please tell us about your upcoming projects.

Currently I just finished college and am looking to start my career in film. I have a few projects up my sleeve and some small collaborations ongoing.


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