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Gina Busch

Gina Busch

Invasion of Privacy

by Ronald Sklar

 
Copyright ©2012 PopEntertainment.com.  All rights reserved.  Posted: July 18. 2012. 

Her starring role in the new indie film reveals that private eyes ó theyíre watching you.

For many of us, cell phones, smart phones and digital cameras still feel like new toys. Yet there is nothing playful about the dark side of technology, especially when it falls into the wrong hands. The new independent film, Privacy (Hard Headed Films), stars Gina Busch as a woman who is caught in a web of modern technological intrigue. The film, which is getting a resoundingly positive response from film festivals and markets, raises the question of how far digital equipment could and should go, and how impactful its power can be on ordinary (and not so ordinary) users.

From an actorís standpoint, what was your experience like working on this film? Has it changed or transformed you in any way?

The experience was amazing and I learned a lot. Our director, Jorg Ihle, was much more than a director; he was a mentor. For some of us, this was our first major role in a feature film, so in the beginning, I think there were some nerves. But everyone was so incredibly supportive and encouraging. It inspired us to give 110 percent. The energy in a production is critical. We had positive energy beaming from the walls. Such an awesome group of individuals.

Have I changed or transformed from this experience Ö absolutely. The best tool of learning is through experience. For instance, I learned that preparing for a scene can be challenged by time, weather, location [and other variables]. You have to find your zen and connect with your character without outside distractions. Communication is key on- and off-set. I also learned that continuity is a vital element in film, and keeping continuity throughout filming can be challenging.

How would you describe Alexis?

Alexis is presented with information about her illegitimate father whom sheís never known. After losing her mother to breast cancer, she goes to her father in belief that he would be interested to know that she exists. The breaking news stimulates panic in her politician father, who offers to pay her off to keep the information  from being disclosed. Events further develop as she finds herself fighting for her life. I think Alexisí history explains the courage and determination that you see throughout the movie. She grew up without a father figure and aiding her ill mother. She is an independent, brave, and strong-willed young woman.

You are both an actor and a model. Do you find the transition between the two difficult?

As a model you find yourself playing different roles on camera. So ultimately they can compliment each other. Modeling made me more comfortable in front of a camera, especially when filming commercials.

However, my first acting teacher told me she could always point out a model in her class because they are more aware of themselves and they often tend to stand in a pose while performing. Models do learn to be aware of everything while shooting, from their clothes, to their hair, to how they place their hands. And in acting you must be in the moment without worrying about how you look. Luckily, I understand that and I can transition between the two without conflict.

Do you perceive a certain preconception from casting directors and film producers about models who want to be actors? Do you have to overcome that perception?

Every once in a while, Iíll find myself in a situation where Iím defending myself as an actor. Itís occasional, but it happens. There are a lot of models who aspire to be actors as a second resort or transition from modeling. But there are others who study, dedicate and show commitment to the art. A good agent isnít going to take you on because you have a pretty face. You have to prove to them that you are the real deal.

The film has something to say about the potential dangers of social media as it pertains to privacy. Would you agree that social media could have its hazards as well as its pleasures?

 I would definitely agree. The list of pros and cons is endless. We need to be careful of what information is getting out there and whoís getting ahold of it. Social media has to be censored. It can be positive as long as itís not misused. But with the way technology is taking off, I think itís a matter of time before someone seriously abuses the system.

Speaking of new media, it seems to be a whole new world nowadays when it comes to marketing and promoting independent film. How is this film being presented to the world in a fresh and new way, and in the context of social media?

Well, I think the concept of the film is fresh and new, which in itself helps promote the movie. When I read this script, I was captivated by the storyline. A computer-savvy boy taps into cellphones and is able to see what anyone is doing at any time. Itís a whole new play on technology. What makes it even more interesting is that it could really happen. As for promoting the film, Facebook and Twitter have been great for posting updates. We have the trailer on YouTube and Vimeo. Some of the actors also made video testimonials for the promotion of Privacy. The writer, Nicole Jones, sent out a Twitter campaign for our supporters to help us reach 10,000 views before our premiere at the Marchť du Film at Cannes Film Festival. We are currently well over our goal.       

 

Take a look at the Privacy trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtE8aBZbXTY

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