Name: Deborah Zimmerman Herz
Occupation: Web Producer, Writer, Game Writer and Logic designer, Grip/Electric, Director
FVFC Position: Website Content Manager and member of PR/Marketing Committee
Q: Favorite Film?
That is SUCH an impossible question, but, I have to say "Once Upon a Time in the West" by Sergio Leone. "The Matador" and "In Bruges" are also amazing. Or absolutely ANYTHING by Terrence Malick.
Q: How and when did you get involved with the Farmington Valley Film Commission?
I had lived here for about three years, and in 2009, saw an article in a local paper about FVFC and thought, "Oh! There are film people here! I'm going to the meeting!
Q: What is your primary role on the commission?
Q: What type of background do you have in the film industry?
Film production, everything from grip & electric to writing, directing, producing. I was able to do some grip stuff this summer with Daniel Brewer of Lightsource (http://lightsourcemedia.com/)
and Martin Abankwa of EKM. ( http://evilkittymedia.yolasite.com/) I've also done a lot of writing and producing for multimedia for AT&T, Viacom, Media Circus and independently.
Q: If you were going to make a film featuring the Farmington Valley what locations would you include?
Definitely the undersides of some of the creepy, metal bridges, and some of the old, silver diners, like the one in old downtown Plainville. There are also some beautiful meadows, like Meadow Road in Farmington which looks completely different in every season. There are some sudden, unexpected, breathtaking mountain vistas. The beauty of shooting in this area is that you can leave an urban landscape and ten minutes later be in a gorgeous rural setting. The tobacco fields and tobacco barns of Windsor are also beautiful -- sort of gaunt and skeletal. The area has everything!
Q: What are you most looking forward to for the future of film in Connecticut?
I think the opening of the production studios in Windsor will help foment Connecticut's reputation as a serious production environment.