Meet Emily Skye, all-around Filmmaker

Emily Skye is an absolute force. Business entrepreneur, mother, and an all-around filmmaker (Screenwriter/Director/Producer). Despite the different time-zones and hectic schedules, we managed to chat about motherhood, filmmaking, inspiration and balance.

F:What is your background?

E: Model and actress and learned from Michael Mann on his set, then went to Film School. I convinced a band to let me Direct their music video and the rest is history! 

F: What was the first project / experience that made you enter the industry? 

E: I used to model/act with Wilhelmina and got cast in a small part on the show “South Beach”.

Meet Grace Snell - Costume Designer

F: What is your background? 

G: I moved to London to study at University of the Arts as I wanted to be a painter or sculptor. When some of my sculptures became installations on the body, it was suggested to me to research costume degrees. My Nanny was a machinist in 1960s & 70s making sheepskin coats, famously worn by Del Boy in Only Fools & Horses, so I’ve always been encouraged to sew. With the current economical climate we are in, I pursued a degree where I could learn a skill. So my actual degree is in Costume Making. Realising I loved styling and design too, I started doing some work experience on the side with stylists and assisting costume designers in the industry.

Women in Film after Brexit

With the Brexit deadline extended, we are finally approaching the official Brexit Day on October 31, 2019. With a “soft” or “hard”, a no-deal or no Brexit at all very much still on the table, all scenarios pose detrimental effects on the UK as a whole, including women in the film and television industry.

Lee Miller: Surrealist, War Photojournalist, Model, Cook and Mother. 

It was a perfect spring afternoon when I met Antony Penrose (son of Lee Miller) at Farley’s House in Sussex. A luscious farmhouse surrounded by greenery and pastures and just such an idyllic setting. I could have easily closed my eyes and picture myself hobnobbing with artists, thinkers, and writers during those ever-lasting evenings. We started drinking tea and settling in the very same kitchen, where Lee would cook green chicken, blue spaghetti and purple cauliflowers. 

Sick and Tired of Stress

Stress! Stress! Stress! How many of us wake up each morning to an alarm, swig down some black coffee, rush out the door, grab food on the run, fly into a meeting, rush back out, text someone, call someone, hire a new nanny, speed to our kids school play, grab a chocolate bar for energy, take work home, drink caffeine to keep going, meet deadlines, go to bed late, get up early....Rush. Rush. Rush.

Meet the Drunk Women Solving Crime

Drunk Women Solving Crime is a true crime podcast with a twist… of lime. It’s the drunken lovechild of writer and comedian Catie Wilkins, screenwriter Hannah George, comic and writer Taylor Glenn, and producer Amanda Redman, which features a different guest every week who reveals a crime that has been committed against them. Catie, Hannah and Taylor take it in turns to host the podcast and guide the others through a true crime, which they try to solve… whilst feeling the joyous effects of a G+T.  

The Evolution of Swimwear

Through decades and generations, values are constantly shifting and minds are opening. Social change is always slow, especially when it comes to discrimination of women because of their gender. Whether the argument was about a woman’s right to vote, work, or make her own decisions, these topics were often considered highly controversial. One interesting topic that has evolved a great amount throughout the years, is that of the female swimsuit. Women are finally able to wear whatever type of swimming suit they wanted, yet we still see issues and conflicts surrounding a female’s choice of outfit for the beach.

Sustainability on Screen

When you think of “sustainability on screen” – where does your mind go? Perhaps you think of news reports on freak weather or an episode of Blue Planet. You might even think of disaster movies like Day after Tomorrow or Deepwater Horizon. These are all valid examples of course, but what would your response be if we challenged you to help spark an environmental revolution through the content you make and the storylines you create, no matter the genre?

A Nutritional Approach to Summer Skin and Heat

Summer is a wonderful season - the daylight hours are long, there is renewed energy to make the most of the day, enjoy the weather and feel the warm sun on our skin. As soon as the sun shines, the parks are full of people enjoying the outdoors, lying on the grass relaxing in groups and the pubs spill out onto the streets with jovial punters. The weather can most definitely impact on our mood, energy levels and overall sense of wellbeing.

Female screenwriters should be “bossy” - why I made a web-series, and you should too

Recently, I have been pretty bossy. I wrote, co-produced and starred in a web-series calledLive With It, and after this experience, I want more female screenwriters to create their own content.

Live With It tells the story of a couple who share nothing but a flat and a stubborn nature, and when they break up, neither of them want to move out. As they fight to co-exist, they irritate everyone around them and discover that their living situation may be more complicated than they first imagined. The protagonist is “bossy”; she’s basically a more annoying version of myself.

Interview with Emily Rice

What is your background? What did you study?

My background is definitely in music. I started playing the cello when I was about 7 years old and I was one of two young women accepted to study music A-level at Harrow School on a full scholarship. I then went on to study music for my undergraduate degree at the University of York, before finally making my way to LA to take the film scoring programme at USC. It was a little while before starting at USC that I really started paying attention to film as well, my job requires both after all!

Feminism

Our society has evolved so much in the past few decades, in the sense that more people have finally opened their minds to allow the world to become more inclusive. History shows that we have indeed achieved some progress in society regarding equality, justice and freedom of choice. In honour of International Women’s Day this month, I’d like to share my insights on the challenging theme of feminism. What is the true definition of feminism and why do so many people have a false perception of the term?