Mind, Soul and Heart of Substantial Nature she possesses. Her love of film shall never wane, it is for viewing no need to explain. Her dedication and drive is above your potential. Take lessons on the essence of her being. While she sleeps she dreams, while she’s awake she sets those dreams in motion! Art is her addiction, so don’t cheapen it. A girl who is next in line without the wait, there is no debate of what she will become. If the revolution is televised, she’ll be a part of it! Meet Dana Buckley.
What unique perspective does your work have and how do you want it to inspire others?
Dana: I think my inspiration and admiration for a really eclectic mixture of people and ideas has shaped my perspective. My biggest influences are Ken Burns, who can make 10 hours of historical photographs and interviews interesting, and Werner Herzog, who demonstrates with every film that truth is stranger than fiction. Both have wildly different filmmaking philosophies– ideally, I’d like my perspective to be a mixture of the two: always true to the facts, but with an element of whimsy and wonder. I want to inspire people to see things actively. You don’t always have to go to some exotic place to find interesting subjects– everything around you is exotic to someone who sees it with different eyes.
Being that your father is successful and well known in the entertainment industry, has that influenced you in your career path?
Dana: My father is in the music business, and when I was growing up in the late 80′s/early 90′s, that industry was at its height. In the last 20 years, it’s gone from one of the most glamorous businesses in the world to nearly dead. I don’t think his career in entertainment has influenced my decision to pursue film either way– it’s influenced my outlook more than anything else. His career has taught me that no form of success is bulletproof– success isn’t something that you achieve and then have for the rest of your life. You have to adapt, change, and be open to new ways of doing things. When people start to experience success, they often get a taste for it. My dad always jokes that there should be a follow-up show to MTV’s “Cribs,” where they show what happens to some of these “celebrities” 10 years down the line, after their fifteen minutes of fame is up. The point is that success isn’t the same as money, and even if it were, neither is permanent or guaranteed. You have to appreciate when you’re doing well, but always be thinking ahead.
If you could have worked on ANY classic movie set in the golden days of Hollywood (1910 – Early 1960s) which one would it have been and why?
Dana: Definitely “Sunset Boulevard.” It’s always one of the first films you study in film classes, which I suppose makes it a bit of a cliche. But to see Los Angeles during the late 1940′s when this was being shot– seeing the city and the movie industry at that time would be pretty incredible. I would have stolen every prop from Norma Desmond’s house, and probably spent the rest of the time shyly hanging around William Holden. The height of Old Hollywood glamor, all in one place!