crew of the indie feature film Gabriela.
Fernanda Barreto - Production Assistant
I was a production assistant. Im at Pomona College in Claremont
and Im a Media Studies major. I wanted some experience in
the film world, so I decided to intern for the summer. Well, it
was a good project, it was a good story line. The people were
really nice, so it was a nice atmosphere to work in. I didnt
[know anyone beforehand], no one. I have [made many friends].
A lot of the production and some of the actors, everyone was very
friendly. Since it was an independent film, everyone worked on
a similar level, so you got to know everyone really well.
I will most likely [go into film]. I had been thinking about
it before. Gabriela gave me an opportunity to see what
it was like and to learn a lot. My desire to go into film is still
there, Gabriela might have made it stronger, my desire,
but Ive always wanted to do film or TV. Not any major challenges,
I guess there were everyday, those small challenges that you had
to over come, but no large challenges. You just kind of did it
[the long hours]. While you were doing it was like: "oh god,
the hours are so long, but afterwards you kind of miss it; you
get use to it."
I'm originally from Los Angeles, born and raised. I think the
films portrayal is a humanist portrayal. I dont think
the story line is specific to Latinos or Latinas. Its a
story where it could be anyone and I think its a very humanist
approach. Accurate, yes, I guess I dont see the characters
being strictly Latinos, they human. Its how any two humans
I had a very good experience, it taught me a lot. I think it
was good that my first movie was an independent where everyone
worked together towards this one goal. It was a good experience,
I enjoyed it.
Interview by permission from the producers of Gabriela.