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THE CREATION OF MTX




FOLLOW ALONG WITH JASMINE MIRANDA, THE CREATOR AND FILM DIRECTOR OF MTX (MATRIX), AS SHE EXPLAINS HER JOURNEY CREATING ONE OF HER LONGEST FILMS AS OF YET.


HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF THE MTX?


“AFTER THE FACT THAT I DECIDED TO START DIRECTING FASHION FILMS, ONE DAY I NEEDED TO BRAINSTORM WHAT I WANTED TO FILM. I HAD THIS ONE FILM IDEA BUT DIDN’T WANT TO EMBARK ON THAT YET. I KNEW I NEEDED IT TO BE BADASS AND WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE. I HONESTLY CAN’T SAY THAT IT TOOK LONG HOURS OF FIGURING OUT WHAT I WANTED THE FILM TO BE AS I IMMEDIATELY KNEW I WANTED EVERYONE TO BE DRESSED IN ALL BLACK AND HAVE A MATRIX FEEL TO IT.

THE PROCESS LOOKED LIKE THIS:

  1. MEDITATION

  2. WATCHING CLIPS OF THE MATRIX

  3. PINTEREST

FINDING PEOPLE WAS A PROCESS AHAH, CONSTANTLY GETTING ON THE PHONE AND CASTING THE VISION OF THE FILM, BUT IT WASN'T LONG UNTIL I FOUND THE PERFECT CAST. WHEN IT CAME TO FINDING LOCATIONS IT WAS QUITE A CHALLENGE. FOR THE FIRST GROUP I ENVISIONED IT TO BE IN A SUNFLOWER FIELD SO IT COULD FEEL EUPHORIC. AS I WAS SO STOKED FOR THAT IDEA, I KNEW GOD HAD A DIFFERENT PLAN FOR ME. WEEKS LATER I FOUND OUT THAT SUNFLOWER SEASON WAS OVER, MEANING THAT THE LOCATION WAS CLOSED. HAVING TO SWITCH THE WHOLE VISION WAS NOT THE PROBLEM, THE PROBLEM LIED IN THE FACT THAT I HAD TO STEP INTO THE UNKNOWN. I IMMEDIATELY STARTED TO LOOK FOR LOCATIONS AND WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF RESEARCHING I FOUND WHAT SEEMINGLY WAS GOING TO BE THE PERFECT LOCATION. YOU SEE GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS, SAVING TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY!


AS FAR AS THE SECOND GROUP’S LOCATION, I ALREADY KNEW WHERE I WANTED TO FILM. DURING THAT TIME IN THE BRUTAL NEW ENGLAND WINTER WE WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE SOMETHING MAGNIFICENT. SHOUT OUT TO GEGE!! ALL IN ALL, WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING, KNOW THAT IT WILL NOT GO AS YOU PLANNED. THERE WILL BE SETBACKS, THERE WILL BE PEOPLE DROPPING OUT OF THE FILM THE DAY BEFORE SHOOTING DAY, THERE WILL BE MISSING CONTENT, AND THERE WILL BE A GREAT AMOUNT OF ADVERSITY TO BE FACED THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. KNOW AND HAVE FAITH THAT EVERYTHING IS WORKING OUT IN YOUR FAVOR BECAUSE WITHOUT FAITH THERE ARE NO RESULTS AND WITHOUT RESULTS THERE'S NO CREATION. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH HOW THE FILM TURNED OUT AND AM VERY EXCITED TO SHOWCASE MY GROWTH WITHIN FILM CREATION. I WANT TO GIVE THANKS TO THE PRODUCTION TEAM: DALVIN AND EDDY FOR BEING SUPER PATIENT AND WILLING TO HELP ME TURN THIS VISION INTO REALITY. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MODELS: LIA, GEGE, LISANDRA, ROSE, DAVID, SHAWN, AND LUIS FOR HAVING PATIENCE AND BEING AMAZING MODELS!!!


AND ONE LAST THING BEFORE I LEAVE: DO NOT EVER THINK YOU ARE INCAPABLE OF CREATING SOMETHING MASSIVE! THERE ARE ALWAYS PEOPLE AROUND WILLING TO HELP. DON’T BE AFRAID AND JUST GO FOR IT!!”


XOXO,

JASMINE MIRANDA