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STEVEN SPIELBERG & MARK BURNETT “ON THE LOT” blog by JOHN MEREDITH:
PRESENTS an INTERVIEW with the DIRECTOR of BUBBLES!

Dec 12, 2006
JOHN:
Where did you get the idea/inspiration for your film Bubbles?

ANA:
My mom has been going through a hard time dealing with the changes in her relationships as she grows older…You know, the death of a loved one, how one's relationship with their children change as we all grow older… Some of us lose touch and some of us have a hard time letting go. So, I wanted to tell a story about the difficulties of dealing with life’s changes.

Plus I had to take into consideration the folks who'd be watching the ON THE LOT show, the audience (Or how they say it in Hollywood, "the target audience",) and I knew I needed to follow the content specifications given by the producers, but most importantly I wanted to make a film that my parents would feel proud of and enjoy… Something they could show their friends at their local church community in Houston. So, I decided to make a family film.

JOHN:
You worked with your daughter on the film “Getting Gretta”. How was that?

ANA:
It was a blast, but it was hard to maintain any sense of professionalism. Not only was she in the film, all of her buddies who just graduated from Beverly Hills High School who were in the drama department were in the film too. Needless to say, they were all having fun. For them, the end credits with the “outtakes” were the best part of the film.

JOHN:
If you had to pick one, what is more important to promoting an independent film, the Internet or film festivals?

ANA:
They are both equally important. It’s all about getting your film as much exposure as possible however you can as a filmmaker.

JOHN:
What is the worst job on a film crew and/or one you refuse to EVER do again?

ANA:
It depends on the quality of the production and ultimately where I am needed the most. I’ll do just about anything as long as I felt I was learning and/or gaining amazing experiences and relationships.

JOHN:
Who is more important, between these two choices only, writer or director?

ANA:
Whichever one can get the funding and/or distribution.​