Brittany Paul will be joining us with her film Plaze Toys. Here are some questions to let you get to know more about her!
What is your connection to the South?
I spent my entire life in Columbia, SC, until I moved to Charleston 3 years ago. South
Carolina has always been my home, and the more I travel, the more I appreciate just
how great it is.
Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
Our good friends Squire and Stephanie Fox posted Instagram photos of their 11 year
old daughter Stella showcasing her prototypes of Plaze toys, and I was immediately
intrigued. When I was 11, I was playing Gameboy and watching Gilmore Girls, not
thinking about ways to make others’ lives better. Stella is an incredible girl with an
abundance of ambition and compassion. Once she told me her story about creating
the toys and her plans for them, I had to make a video about her. I think her story is
inspiring and needs to be shared.
How did you start making films?
As a kid, I loved taking pictures and reading books. I was set on being a writer,
because I loved the feeling of entering another world through the words on a page.
It wasn’t until making my first documentary in a high school media literature class
that I realized a movie is, at its core, storytelling through moving pictures. The two
things I loved most, combined into a career? I had no choice but to pursue it.
Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Stella’s younger brother, Law, was eager to learn about the shooting process.
Towards the end of the day he put on his Lunch+Recess hat, climbed in the
director’s chair, and started giving direction to Stella. He was a natural; I nearly let
him take over for the rest of the shoot.
What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
The whole experience–the films, the games, the food, all of it. I’ve been going to
Indie Grits since college, and each year I look forward to this festival more than any
other. Not only is it an excuse to return to my hometown, visit the Nick, and catch up
with old friends, but it’s also a great opportunity to interact with some incredible
people in an abundantly talented community. I can’t wait.
Why should someone see your film?
For the same reason I needed to make this film: Stella is a delightful adolescent with
an enormous heart, spending her free time creating toys to put smiles on the faces of
orphans. Her story is heartwarming and definitely worth a watch.