Today’s interview is with Film Producer Jamee Natella . Jamee started out producing commercial for major advertising agencies. She has since moved on to producing feature films, and also films celebrity interviews at major events.
Justin Samuels: This winter Blueyed Pictures worked with CW3PR to film various celebrities at Sundance. Who did your company film? Were the celebrities interviewed? You started out in advertising.
Jamee Natella: Yes, because I felt suited to the fast-moving world of commercials. It was a great way to hone my production skills.
JS: What led you to transition to film?
JN: It was a natural transition. I started my career originally in film as a junior development executive. And then I switched to producing commercials Now I’ve come back to film. I don’t believe it’s good to get stuck for too long in one field or the other. It’s important to keep learning and progressing.
JS: Was the transition difficult?
JN: Both fields are very competitive, but if you remain disciplined then you can suceed in either of them They certainly can feed each other, especially in temrs of talent. They also have their differences as well, obviously.
JS: Love is the Drug was the first feature film you produced.
JN: Submission, Directed by Benicio Del Toro was my first film I ever Produced. However it was a short.
JS: What specifically attracted you to that project?
JN: I originally was looking for a Feature Film project for the director Elliott Lester. At the time I represented him as a commercials director. I knew the owner of Alpine Pictures very well. I thought the project they were developing Love is the Drug was an appropriate choice for Elliott. So I made the introduction to Alpine and the rest is History.
JS:Several of the films you produced have been directed by Sean McNamara. Some of the films are Baby Geniuses and the Space Baby, Babies Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel, and Baby Geniuses and the Treasure of Egypt. It seems like there are a lot of Baby Geniuses films made or being made. What is this series about? Who created it initially?
JN: I really dig this Children’s TV and Film series. It was created by Baby Genius creator and Producer, Steven Paul. The series is about these young babies in a day care center. Underneath the day care center is a secret undercover Spy Center. All the agents are the young babies from the day care that work in the spy center. The babies help solve crimes and mysteries from all over the world. Which was fun because we actually got to shoot footage from locations such as India, London, Russia, Germany, and Italy. However the talent babies stayed on a soundstage in front of a green screen in Alaska!
JS: How did you first get involved with Sean McNamara?
JN:I loved Soul Surfer, a film that he directed. I was also familiar with some of his tv work. He came on to a movie that i produced called opposite day and handled the pick-ups. I am now working with him and his producing partner David Brookwell on their next movie the Jessica Watson story.
JS:Do you have any specific genres in film that you like to work with? If so, what are they?
JN:First and foremost I love films that are based on true stories.. I like period films and thrillers. I like films that have a strong female characters, with solid character/relationship arcs, such as The Impossible, Elizabeth, or the upcoming Grace of Monaco. But I am also a sucker for romantic comedies like Love Actually!
JS:What is your project or projects at Cannes this year? Do you have a film being screened, or you at the red carpet events interviewing people?
JN:I did not have one this year. But I was here putting together my next feature as a producer.
JS: How do you typically find the projects you work on? Through word of mouth, through representatives, or do you actively seek people and projects out?
JN: All of the above. I’m fortunate to have a lot of connections in the business, and people are always sending me projects, be they agents, lawyers, directors or even other producers.
JS:What things should we be on the look out for in the future from Blueyed Pictures?
JN: Blueyed has been producing commercials for years now. Blueyed also does live events, EPK’s, and promos for Fortune 500 companies. The next step is to launch a fully fledged Blueyed Pictures-produced film.