Eve Hinz's short film My Own Worst Enemy is the most recent Open Projector Night Peoples' Choice Award Winner. We sat down with the filmmaker to learn more about her work, inspiration, and future projects
Who is Eve Hinz? Give us a short bio.
I grew up in East Lansing and attended Michigan State University. I now live in Los Angeles, where I edit scripted and unscripted comedy content.
What is your favorite film(s) and why?
The stylized editing and visuals in Edgar Wright's films have had a big influence on me, with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World being my favorite of his. Smashed (James Ponsoldt) is another one of my favorite films, because of its masterful acting performances.
Who at what inspires Eve Hinz?
I'm inspired by my friends and family who have found and are committed to their passions, whatever they may be.
Tell us about My Own Worst Enemy. What's the overall narrative?
My Own Worst Enemy explores the seemingly life or death anxieties that can come from the littlest things and how frustrating it can be to overcome self-imposed rules and rituals.
It seems like your a jack of all trades considering you wrote, directed and acted in this film. Can you talk about that a little? What inspired you to act in your own film and what made you want to tell this specific story?
Writing and directing go hand in hand for me, both equally important in taking this narrative out of my head and turning it into a film. I decided to act in it as well because, selfishly, I just think acting is really fun and it is something I like to explore in low-stake settings. It's also one less person to feed on set.
What's your next project?
Not sure! I've been wanting to experiment with more improv-based storytelling approaches. The idea of working with a skeleton script and shooting something very loose and unstructured really excites me.
Tell us about your first related film experience, what hit you and made you want to pursue the world of film?
I first realized my interest in video production and visual storytelling when making videos in middle school for class projects with friends. I would use my family's camcorder and, not having the knowledge of film software, would edit them together using a VCR machine. It wasn't until I got to college and met someone studying film production that I realized filmmaking was a real craft I could pursue.
Can you provide advice to aspiring filmmakers?
My biggest advice, which is also the hardest for me to follow, is to not let fears of needing it to be perfect or not being ready keep you from creating. It doesn't have to be perfect. And you don't have to feel ready.
If you were granted a large budget and could make your dream film, what would it be?
I’m not sure exactly what it would be about, but it’s definitely a dream of mine to shoot a feature film in Michigan one day.
Any words about Open Projector Night?
I'm so thankful my film played at Open Projector Night! It was the first audience viewing of My Own Worst Enemy, and a huge honor to have it screened at the UICA.