If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a weekend watching the Food Network’s hit TV series Eat St. So you can understand my excitement when I caught up with former Eat St. producer, Lori Lozinski, who was here at The Banff Centre last week for the Women in the Director’s Chair workshop.
Lozinski, who refers to herself as a creative producer has been working in the film industry for the past 10 years, and recently was the Producer for the Genie Award-winning film Savage, directed by Lisa Jackson.
As someone who’s worked closely with film directors throughout her career, she’s contributed creatively to the style and concept of each project, which is why she’s become more attracted to directing over the past few years. “I want to focus on having control of the creative vision,” she says. As she was finishing two intensive weeks on set, I asked her to tell me about one thing that stands out about the WIDC experience.
“WIDC has given me a greater appreciation for working with actors,” she told me. “I didn’t know how intense and hard it was going to be to watch the actors then watch the frame, and then adjust the performance. In WIDC, how I work with actors as a director is more creative and collaborative than anything I’ve ever done.”
Women in the Director’s Chair is an intensive, hands-on, annual workshop created by producer Carol Whiteman and run by the Creative Women Workshops Association. Its focus is on casting, rehearsing, blocking, on-set and post, and working with professional actors, cinematographers, designers, editors, and crews.