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Meet Selgas Productions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Selgas Productions.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was briefly part of the music scene up in NJ in the mid 2000’s. Lot’s of shows, lots of concerts. I toured with a blues-rock band and met numerous different musicians and artists. And while I always loved the music scene, what I really wanted to do was film. But I had zero connections and absolutely no clue how I could possibly get my foot in the door. Eventually, a musician I knew introduced me to his friend, who was an actor and a Director. We hit it off and shortly after that, I met my cinematographer/dp and editor. That film crew and Director, all of whom live in NY, and I have been collaborating since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Casting the right actor is always a challenge. When developing a character in a script, I have in mind what they’re thinking, how they‘re feeling and what they look like. More than often, what I’ve envisioned is not always the person that shows up to auditions. So, I’ve learned to be flexible. On more than one occasion, we’ve selected actors who did not resemble the description of the character at all! But they had heart and their audition performance was so outstanding, so convincing- that any previous notions of what they “should be like”- went right out the window.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a Screenwriter, a storyteller, and a daydreamer. Inspiration mostly comes from people-watching, listening to experiences and stories of others or sometimes from a dream the night before. If it’s interesting enough, I’ll jot it down it. Even to this day, I’m still old-school and prefer pen and paper to start anything I write. Eventually, it’ll make its way to my laptop and then to my Director’s laptop in New York. Our most recent project is Broken Birds. Filmed and based in Astoria, NY. It was written in two days and filmed in one. It’s a story many young women can relate to – heartache, confusion and ultimately, moving forward. Broken Birds has been selected at this year’s Astoria Film Festival for Best Drama Short.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Telling the truth… no matter how uncomfortable or how painful it is. And not worrying too much about what others think. Fundamentally, these are characteristics that all creative types should have – otherwise, nothing would get accomplished.

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