Dana Boulos Went From Model to Film Director
You probably have stumbled upon @DanaBoulosâ€™ work before and not even realized it.
From modeling for American Apparel to photographing Lily Rose-Depp and starting her own agency, Dana is taking her creative eye to the big screen with her debut as a director with her new film â€œCrimson Roseâ€.
What caused you to make the transition from photographer to director?Â
Iâ€™ve always been interested in filming making ever since I was younger, but I didn’t feel confident enough to do it. I remember my Mom begging me to study film instead of fashion. It wasnâ€™t until last year that I read an article about how there arenâ€™t enough women in the film industry. I took that as a sign and decided to sign up for cinematography at the local college in my area. I felt like it was the right time to pursue a passion I had for years and take the first step to making it happen. I was at the right place and the right time when I met Jesy Odio at a Korean BBQ restaurant in the middle of a movie set. We had then decided to collaborate on Jesy’s first short,Â CAMGIRL.
Tell us about your new film aboutÂ â€œCrimson Roseâ€Â ! Â
Crimson RoseÂ tells the story of a young seductressâ€™s dream of attending a prestigious university as it foiled by her paramourâ€™s betrayal, she schemes her way into the life of her dream guy, vengeance and murder are her only convictions.
What was the inspiration for the plot?
I have always found film characters that have a hidden mysterious, sultry, strong characteristics to them to be very inspiring. I wanted to make a short film about a girl who wouldn’t stop at anything to get what she wants, even if a little blood was involved.
You have Kate Bowman as the leading lady, what was the casting process like?
When it comes to casting I tend to street scout. I prefer to find someone walking down the street rather than calling an agency for actors. Everyone in the film was street scouted and had never acted before. For the role of Rose it was very important to find the right girl who had an innocent look but could tap into being evil. Kateâ€™s audition tape was the best by far and she took the best direction. She did an amazing job.
Why do you think itâ€™s important now more than ever to be a female filmmaker?
I know there arenâ€™t enough Women in the Film Industry, but I want to help change that. I startedÂ Cherry Runaway FilmsÂ which is an independent company specializing in a unique and diverse range of projects that include fashion, advertising, music videos and independent film features. My mission to help encourage more women, young or old, to pursue different roles in the film industry.
Top 5 directors?Â
Nadine Labaki, Andrea Arnold, Eric Rohmer, Woody Allen, and Larry Clark.
Whatâ€™s next for you?Â
I just finished directing a short fashion commercial for Mercedes Benz Classic Squad which will be released soon. Definitely more film work coming soon in 2017, stay tuned!
Vintage dress | Carel Paris shoes | Forever 21 earrings
Missguided top and bottoms
Levi’s jeans | Little Vicious top | Carel Paris shoes
Photography by Gulliver Oldman