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“I think surrounding yourself with an incredible team that you trust is the most important thing you can do.” with director and producer, Gillian Greene

I think surrounding yourself with an incredible team that you trust is the most important thing you can do. I had the pleasure of interviewing Gillian Greene, director, and producer of the short film ‘Fanboy.’ Greene previously directed the film ’Murder of a Cat.’ Can you tell us a story about what brought you to […]



I think surrounding yourself with an incredible team that you trust is the most important thing you can do.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Gillian Greene, director, and producer of the short film ‘Fanboy.’ Greene previously directed the film ’Murder of a Cat.’


Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I grew up on set because my dad was an actor and he used to bring me to set with him. So, show business is in my blood. And then after being married to a director for so long, I really had the urge to get in there myself and direct.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

I had an actor I really wanted for one of my films, we had met before, but it had been a long time. So, I sent the script to his agents to go through proper channels. The agents passed on the project but acted like they had sent it to the actor and he didn’t like it. Shortly after, I ran into that actor at an event and asked him why he passed. He replied, “I have no idea what you’re talking about. I never saw a script from you.” Turns out his agents never gave him the script. But he had me send it to him privately, and they loved it and agreed to be in the film.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

We were filming a shot for Fanboy near the airport and had been there all day because timing the shot was so difficult. As we were getting the shot, we ended up using, the cops showed up and threatened to confiscate our equipment and throw us in jail. I knew my DP didn’t have the full shot, and I knew I needed to buy him enough time to get it, even if it meant getting hauled off in handcuffs myself. I learned you have to absolutely anything to get the shot. Thankfully, I didn’t end up having to go to jail.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I have just signed on to direct a new project about a father who has to leave his military life behind to take care of his young children after his wife suddenly passes away. It’s an incredible story excited to tell it. My production company is also gearing up for ‘Tell the Wolves I’m Home,’ which is based on the best-selling novel.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Wow, in Hollywood, everyone! But for Fanboy, the owner of the video store was a very interesting guy. While we were doing our location scout, he was renting and selling bootleg copies of films.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I think surrounding yourself with an incredible team that you trust is the most important thing you can do.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?

There are so many wonderful causes, but I am extremely passionate about animals.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why?

1. How truly exhausting filmmaking is.

2. Choose your battles wisely.

3. How difficult it is to find the right location for things.

4. How heavily the business side plays into the industry. It’s often not about art.

5. How difficult it would be to be away from my 5 children while filming.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

My dad, Lorne Greene, used to always say, “the four stages to an actors life are: who is Lorne Greene? Get me Lorne Greene. Get me the next Lorne Greene. Who is Lorne Greene?” And I think that’s true for everyone in the film industry. It helps keep you humble. I think this story ended up playing a big part in Fanboy and it felt like a nice to acknowledge him.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My husband, Sam Raimi, is such a wonderful director and filmmaker. When I have had a question or needed support, he has always been there for me. I’m eternally grateful for his support.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why?

The Dali Lama, because I love and believe in his mission of peace and understanding.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Yes my company’s Instagram is @pyewacketpictures

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