Although best known for her
roles in front of the camera, actress and model
may truly be described as
cinematic renaissance soul. Screen writer, producer,
director, and cinematographer are just a few of the hats
this talented artist has worn. Now Tina’s hard at work on a
new film, Limbo which she both wrote and directed.
Tina was gracious enough to take some time from her busy
schedule to talk the B Movie Man Nic Brown about her new
film and about her work as a filmmaker.
been involved in more than 50 films over the past decade,
and now you are making your own film. What prompted you to
take the plunge and make your own movie(s)?
Tina-- Humm.... Good question. Well, for the
longest time I wanted to know what it would be like to be on
the other side of the camera. I wanted to see what the
director sees and all aspects of it. I was interested in the
look of the overall project and learning about lighting etc.
What really caused me to take the long awaited plunge into
the dark depths of movie making was... at the time of this
great epiphany there were a lot of horror films being made
about Vampires. I was really getting sick of vampire movies
and wanted to see something different other than a crazed
killer on the loose... not that these things aren't good but
I really wanted something different and so as they say... if
you want something done (the way you want it) then do it
yourself...and I did. After a few glasses of wine and a
couple of books I sat down and wrote a script. Shortly after
I shot and directed it and this is where the nightmare
Nic-- Which did you find more challenging, writing
the script or taking on the role of director and trying to
bring the images you’d created on paper to life?
Tina-- I think I am going to say directing, just because
what I am imagining doesn't have obstacles going against it
at the time. What I mean by this is I got it on paper. Cool!
But the day of shooting everything goes nutty. I may not
have the location that I wrote the scene for and will have
to change it on fly or the actor may not be able to pull off
the scene too well and I may have to do something to make
that better or what I envisioned is not looking at all like
I wanted and I would have to change something with out
throwing the whole idea off. Writing isn't the easiest thing
to do either..... I've had many a re-write.
Nic-- Was it difficult (physically and mentally)
working both in front of and behind the camera in the same
Tina-- Oh man. This is what I
don't ever recommend doing especially if it's your first
film or even your third. Don't
direct and make yourself a lead or a character that shows up a
lot in your flick... DON'T DO IT!!!!! Luckily I only play a
waitress and that's because I lost an actress last minute
for that part.... not the most important part so I figured
FUCK IT I'll do it. Yes, it's hard to do all that and still
direct and shoot your film which is what I did. I will tell
you this the shoot took lots of long hours. I was exhausted
and am damn glad I didn't try to pull off a lead role or
something silly like that.
Nic-- You mentioned that there are too many vampire
and slasher type films being made today. What do you think
is the reason for this and the deluge of remakes and sequels
that Hollywood seems determined to turn out?
Tina-- Vampires and Slasher flicks are an easy sell,
everyone is familiar with them and it's not a hard concept
to put together. Horror bases a lot of its sellable
characters off of those types of movies and depending on
what is out there at the moment will dictate the trend to
follow. The same for Hollywood in regards to sequels, if a
movie does well then they make a part 2 and 3 and 4 etc.
It's all about the sell and maybe a lack or a fear of trying
Nic-- Tell us a bit about your
newest project: Limbo.
Tina-- Limbo can be called
a symphonic horror, as someone put it to me. It’s the
journey of a lost soul making her way through purgatory. The
movie goes back and forth from reality to what dwells in the
subconscious mind or dream state. The main character begins
to lose her mind as she starts to realize how tainted her
soul is by the all the tortured souls she encounters.
Nic-- So Limbo is more of supernatural
horror film then?
Tina-- Sort of - not really. Supernatural
indicating some kind of act to stir up some kindred spirit,
NO. This is purely physiological and having to do with one's
own issues within themselves and how it effects them. There
is no séance or witchcraft or summoning up any demons etc.
This is what is inside someone’s mind due to how they lived
life or not lived life so to speak.
Nic-- Can you think of what inspired you with the
idea for Limbo?
Tina-- I sort of experienced this, not by a dream
but by a dream state I was in for lack of a better term. The
images were burned into my head but are not as tame as they
are in the movie - I had to make do with what I can use as
far as location and such but I tried to get the feel of it
the best I could.
Nic-- When you are not making movies, what are some
of the films you like to watch?
Tina-- Porno! I can’t get enough of it.... Just
kidding. I like to watch a bunch of things like a good
comedy, drama, action and yes of course horror but I find
that some really good horror is in foreign film, like
The Kingdom, The Addition, Infection, Santa Sangre, The
Butcher, and Once Were Warriors. On the American side
of things... Blade Runner, Jacob's Ladder, Snatch, True
Romance, Mulholland Drive, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,
The Shining, Being John Malcovich, A Scanner Darkly, Pulp
Fiction, Donnie Darko, Vanilla Sky, Risky Business, 12
Monkeys, Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind and of
on the set... we hope...
Nic-- Now looking back at the
films you’ve been involved in, which has been your favorite
role so far?
Tina-- I don't have a favorite
because a lot of them were so different from each other that
I like them for such different reasons. More Than
Money's Worth, The Recovered, The Thirsting, The Dinner
(silent) The Pump Boys, man the list goes on.
Nic--If you could go back and star in any one film,
what would your dream roll as an actress be?
Tina-- Okay this is a strange one because I have
two answers for this one. The first would be True
Romance because I absolutely love the character of
Alabama Whirly. The movie has an incredible cast and her
character is great. I especially love the part when she
kills one of the mob guys with a toilet cover... AWESOME!
The other is not a favorite movie of mine although I did
like it and the more I watch it the more I like it. The main
female character in Eyes Wide Shut. I like it
because she goes through a wide and challenging range of
acting, and the scene that really portrays this is when she
and her husband are smoking a joint in bed and she confesses
her secret feelings for another man and how she kept it to
herself all this time even through her marriage up to now.
That scene was so strong and so true to what someone might
feel and could never say. I now have a whole new respect for
Nicole Kidman as an actress. It’s scenes like that and the
one mentioned above that get me to really get into a movie
and if I ever had the chance to get into character like
that... Well all I would be able to say is WOW...(not whip
out Wednesday for all you Radioheads).
Nic-- We've talked a lot about your current work and
your career, but how did you actually get started in the
Tina in a promo shot for
Tina-- Once upon a time....... I was walking
through a chiller convention many years ago with my sister
looking for a Friday the 13th mask... she wanted it
real badly. It was towards the end of the convention so I
was rushing to as many tables as I could to get this mask
and someone stopped me and asked if I was an actress. I said
no but if I lie and say I am will I get work? And well there
you have it, history in the making.
Nic-- So you didn’t set out to become an actress and
Tina-- No, in fact when I was little people used to
say... you should be an actress and I would respond... NO
WAY! I don't like memorizing things. Well, never say never
is all I can say now because as it turns out this
is what I've become... funny isn't it.
Nic-- Talking about one of your other films for a
moment, Jay Bauman [Writer/Director of The Recovered]
suggested I ask about your thoughts on the relationship
between steak and one of the films you’ve starred in,
Tina-- AH STEAK!!!!!!! My hero! Steak saved my sanity
thank you. Once on a cold rainy brisk night of not being
able to see 3 feet ahead of you and being rushed to a set
even though you’re right on time. Long hours of packing and
unpacking pills, tossing and turning in bed and lots of
looking around. I came to the conclusion that no matter how
late we shoot I must have steak for dinner!!! I NEED RED
MEAT! I believe we all needed a dose of red meat that night
and by jolly we got it! A nice healthy dose of good ole
bloody thick STEAK!!!!!!!!!!!! And to prove it... here's a
pic... you see how crazed we looked with the mere thought of
not getting red meat?!?!?!?!