Welcome to a another edition of “8 Questions with……”.
We continue down our pathway of meeting and talking with some amazing talented people from all over. Today we are meeting actress Alaine Huntington who is based in New Orleans,Louisiana.
If there is one thing that really stood out in talking with Alaine – she is hard working and always quick to credit those who have helped her along her journey. Whether creating film festivals that will bring unknown film makers a viewing audience to sliding over to help a friend who is laboring to finish a film,Alaine is willing to roll up her sleeves to get the job done.
Always looking to improve her skill set,Alaine has studied martial arts but is also learning to produce her own projects. This had led her to having some impressive films including “Kickboxer: Vengeance” which starred Dave Bautista,Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gina Carano.
But of course the real reason I was pretty jazzed about chatting with Alaine? Any long time reader of this blog will instantly know as they read along and to the newcomers who may be find us for the first time….well,let’s say we love creature features and are always looking for them to review…
So come join the fun as we ask Alaine Huntington 8 Questions…….
When did you know you wanted to be a performer?
What was studying at the Moscow Art Theatre School like? Which subjects did you enjoy the most and what did take with you that has helped you in your career?
I consider it an honor and a privilege to have learned from such world-renowned and skilled professionals. While working with MXAT professors, I enjoyed the Stanislavski based scene-study. The greatest thing I took away from it, was a sense of confidence in my choices as an actor and a professional. I also enjoyed movement classes, no matter how many times I busted my butt attempting to do hand stands! I am also very grateful to have studied with Lance Nichols and Jim Gleason .
What led you to move to Canada and how did you handle the culture shock?
I went to Canada initially from Miami as a very young child, after Hurricane Andrew. I didn’t consider it much of a culture shock at all. I felt very accepted, loved, and cared for. Every time I go back to see family I am always impressed to see the environmental and social policies Canada is implementing. I think that there is a long way to go, but I am hopeful that political changes will move more towards a greater sense of awareness of societal and environmental impact.
You have some very impressive producer credits,what does a producer actually do on a film/TV project? Whats the difference between a “producer” and an “executive producer”?
I think that my producing mentor Dimitri Logothetis would be a better person to ask in regards to this question! I was so incredibly blessed to have had some wonderful experiences on set, and I look forward to learning and growing more as a producer and creator of great content!
You did an indie film called “Shark Exorcist”,how did you get involved in the film?
What I “disliked” was how long it took to reach completion! A lot of fans were very anxious to see this project and I definitely want to make sure we gave them the respect they deserve!
Did you have a good craft table?
Larger budget film sets have department heads who help their respective professionals run cohesively within their department. On lower-budget non-union independent sets crew have a great opportunity to learn. Crew can wear many different hats, as needed to get the project completed.
Since the Me Too movement has started,do you feel you are treated with more respect both as a woman and as an actress? Do you feel it will last or will old school Hollywood go back to its old ways?
I have been fortunate to have not experienced any disrespect as such on a film set. I have definitely been through experiences where department heads were short, and to the point. I learned this from costume designer Bridget Fenlason: other departments are relying on us to do our job, in a fast-paced environment we can be polite, and quick, but we gotta get the job done!
What is the biggest difference in working on a American set versus an Canadian set?
I haven’t worked on a Canadian film set yet, although I am certainly willing to learn, and give what I can.
What do you like about training in the martial arts?
A sense of building a foundation of balance. Sifu John Lewis instructs and guides students to align mind, body, and spirit. I want to continue my studies as there is so much to learn. In addition, I have learned from other great instructors such as Matt Clanton with Act Tactical For Film based in Atlanta. Matt teaches students to establish respect for firearms and safety which is so vitally important when using guns on set.
What do you like doing in your down time in terms of social causes,hobbies and or relaxing?
I truly enjoy helping other filmmakers with their projects, learning about environmental impacts and human involvement, as well as assisting groups with outreach as it relates to prison reform, human rights, and etc.
The cheetah and I are flying in to watch you star in “Shark Exorist 2: The Revenge” but we are a day early and you’re now our tour guide tour guide,what are we doing?
To follow Alaine’s next move,you can keep track by visiting her IMDb page.
Alaine also has an InstaGram page that you can follow as well.
Lastly,we encourage you to buy a copy of “Shark Exorcist“!!
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