Apr 29, 2021
Corinna Faith is a British
Writer and Director who recently made her feature debut with The
Power. The Power tells the story of a young nurse forced to work
the night shift in a crumbling hospital during a time when England
was plunged into mandatory blackouts every night to conserve power.
As she works her shifts by candlelight, a terrifying presence
threatens to consume her and everyone around her. The Power is a
very atmospheric and spooky supernatural thriller, and the concept
of nightly blackouts in an asylum is very eerie. The Power is now
streaming on Shudder. Corrina and I discussed the making of The
Power, her supernatural and paranormal research for the movie, and
big director lessons learned from her first feature.
Here are some key takeaways from
this conversation with Corinna.
- Re-visit the 70s. The 70s was a very innovative
time for filmmakers in the wake of the dissolving of the studio
system. Here you saw the unbridled rise of auteur and renegade
filmmakers, and as far as decades, none of them compare to the
’70s. Prior to making The Power, Corinna's cinema diet consisted of
a number of 70's films, focusing intently on the work of Robert
Altman. The edge and sophistication of the ‘70s sensibility shine
through in The Power and gives it a very noticeable quality of
filmmaking and interesting storytelling. It also helped that the
story took place in the ‘70s. If you're a student of film, it would
behoove you greatly to dive into this decade as much as possible as
it was a golden age for independent film and maverick
- Take care of your health. Ok, I'll admit this
is a boring one, but before you wring me out on Twitter, think
about it. Corrina learned that your health is one of your greatest
assets as a director, which is absolutely true but often the last
thing to be taken care of. We've talked about this a lot, but yes,
while making your films, there will be sleepless nights, there will
be uphill battles, way too much coffee, and aching bones, but it
benefits you as a director to take care of your health as much as
you can. Being healthier increases your physical endurance,
emotional resilience, problem-solving ability, and overall
cognition, which are all things you will need a high supply of when
you're on set. So, as hard as it is, do what you can to get
adequate sleep, exercise, and a decent diet.
- Find a mentor/cheerleader. It is a difficult
long slog to get movies made, things go wrong, projects get
canceled, but it’s important to keep the faith. When Corinna's
first project was unexpectedly canceled, she was very dismayed, but
she had a pivotal mentor who expressed confidence in her work, and
that's all she needed to push through the difficult times.
Sometimes all it takes is for one person to believe in you for you
to believe in yourself enough to push forward during adversity.
This worked very well for Corinna, who years ago was in a very
difficult and frustrating place but now has an awesome first
feature under her belt. Try to find those mentors out there whose
feedback can help shape your ability, they can not only improve
your craft, but their confidence in you can help you push through
the tough times.
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