A director without a crew is a conductor without an orchestra – pointless!
In seeking crew members for Girlfriend 19, I had a lot against me. To begin with, I am a first-time feature filmmaker, thus, I don’t have much pull. Second, my budget was tiny. As a result, I had to find talented crew members who are, like me, at the beginning stages of their career and eager for an opportunity.
Girlfriend 19 centers around a woman whose appearance is integral to the film, so, unlike most micro-budget films, I decided not to skimp out on a make-up artist. Luckily, I was referred to Heidi Mehl through a professional reference. She did not have much formal film experience, however, after meeting Heidi in-person, I knew she was perfect for our film. Possessing the very rare combination of confidence and humility, Heidi not only believes in her ability, she is wholeheartedly willing to learn and improve as well.
From day one, Heidi was open-minded and ready to take direction. We often joked about my consistent request for “less make-up and more sweat!” I personally like to see a bit of shine on actors and rather than fight me about it, Heidi trusted me and gave me sweat!
But what makes Heidi so invaluable is not her talent, it is her phenomenal personality. Her spirit is entirely kind and gracious, a blessing on any film set. She is a breath of fresh air and very fun to be around. I look forward to working with her again!
Take a look at some snapshots from Girlfriend 19 boasting Heidi’s work.