This month, we interview Camile O’Briant – the office manager of the LA Weinstein Company office!
Q. How long have you worked for TWC?
A: I started in November 2010.
Q. What do you love about the movie industry?
A: I’m definitely more interested in the creative aspects of it, but I respect the business side of the industry. When they work together, it’s a beautiful thing.
Q. What is the one thing you’ve learned about being in the movie industry/entertainment business?
A: I think the most important thing that can be learned is this industry is that you gotta be flexible. Things move so fast, but it’s all a part of that creative energy. Trying to make something magical happen is what it’s all about in the end.
Q. Tell us about the day to day operations in the life of Camile O’Briant.
A: Well, the thing I really love about my job is that every day is different. The basics are there, but there can also be a great deal of variety. I keep an ongoing list of things to do, so I check that along with emails when I get in. I walk the office to see what’s up–I’m a hands-on kind person and I feel it really helps me plug into the needs of everyone and the office in general.
I check in with my assistants and we talk about what meetings/screenings are lined up for the day. We work hard to keep the office looking nice, so that’s a big part of day. The rest involves lots of problem solving aka putting out fires.
Overall, it’s kind of about keeping the office glued together, pleasant and functional.
Q. What are your favorite TWC films?
A: Of the latest: Sarah’s Key, The Artist, Intouchables, King’s Speech, and Inglorious Basterds.
Q. Of those films, what was your favorite scene?
A: The opening scene of Inglorious Basterds. It’s dynamic and powerful.
Q. What are your favorite non-TWC films?
A: Rear Window, Das Boot, Catch 22, Full Metal Jacket, Beginners, Harakiri, Jean Dielman, Now, Voyager, Glory, Adaptation, Elevator to the Gallows, Mon Oncle, Red Beard, The Party, Throne of Blood, The Elephant Man, E.T., Do the Right Thing, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dr. Strangelove, Star Wars, LOTR, Singing in the Rain, Barry Lyndon, Goodfellas, Seven Samurai, Young Frankenstein, The Thin Red Line, Baraka, Steamboat Bill, Jr. –I could go on…
Q. Of those films, what is your favorite scene?
A: There are many, but one of the most poignant I’ve seen in a long time is the Swamp Scene in Adaptation between Charlie and Donald. “You are what you love, not what loves you.”
Q. What is the most important aspect of any film? The actors, music, editing, etc.?
A: Collaboration is the most important aspect of making any film, but to narrow it down I think editing can make or break a film.
Q. If you could be cast in a re-make of any film, which would it be?
A: I would be re-cast as a modern day Eliza Doolittle from the 1938 film, Pygmalion. She’s sassy, rebellious and fun to watch.
Q. If you could choose someone to play you in a biopic, who would it be?
A: Hollywood-ized Version: Paula Patton Indie Version: Maya Rudolph
Q. What is your secret dream career?
A: Race Car/Stunt Driver, Quantum Physicist, Architect
Q. What place on earth inspires you more than any other?
A: Right now, it’s Paris.
Q. What iconic Hollywood movie do you feel best describes your personality?
A: I can’t really think of any one iconic movie, so I think I’d have to combine a few: Amelie + Now, Voyager + Nil by Mouth + Pygmalion + Imitation of Life.
Q. Who do you look up to?
A: Anyone who fights to become and stay authentic to themselves. Not always an easy path.
Q. What is your favorite pastime?
A: I always have a lot of creative projects going on, so photography, writing, etc. I also enjoy yoga, riding bikes at the beach and pondering the possibilities of time travel.
Q. What is your favorite joke?
A: I’m horrible at telling jokes and even worse at remembering them, but here’s something I think is hilarious.
To Do List (someone posted this on tumblr):
1. Wear a shirt that says, “Life”. Hand out lemons on a street corner.
2. Hire two private investigators. Get them to follow each other.
3. Major in philosophy. Ask people WHY they would like fries with that.
4. Go into a crowded elevator and say, “I bet you’re all wondering why I gathered you here,” with a straight face.
5. Make vanilla pudding. Put in mayo jar. Eat in public.
6. Become a teacher. Make a test where every answer is “C”. Enjoy the show.
7. Run into a store, ask what year it is. When someone answers, yell “It worked!” and run out cheering.
8. Buy a horse. Name it “Oscar Takes the Lead”. Enter it in horse races.
9. Invite someone into your office, turn around in office chair and say, “I’ve been expecting you…”
10. Change name to Simon. Speak in third person.
11. Buy a parrot. Teach the parrot to say, “Help! I’ve been turned into a parrot.”
Q. What makes you laugh the hardest?
A: Babies dancing (they look like little drunk people), British comedy, irony. And there’s a scene from the TV show, Taxi (I’m showing my age) where Jim goes to take his driver’s test and whole gang is there to cheer him on. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed that hard. Surprisingly, it still holds up.