by   on November 23, 2020

Moving to America, Working with Priyanka Chopra, Becoming a Filmmaker with Sophia Banks

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Sophia Banks is on the show this week! Here’s something you need to know before you listened or even browsed through the show notes below. If there is one person you want to look at, who is so focused and goal-driven, it’s Sophia. She wanted to pursue filmmaking, but he couldn’t because she was told that women “can’t lift heavy camera equipment”. So she decided to not just do it, but do it BIG. What did she do?

She moved from Australia to America (in a rather adventurous way!), works in fashion (for a specific reason), works with big brands and celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Bradly Cooper, etc., and then decides to jump off the cliff into filmmaking. Today, she is crushing it!

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Who is Sophia Banks?

As a director, the core of Sophia’s work is in exposing the dark undercurrents of the rules, norms, and technologies governing society. She focuses on topics such as the psychological price of social media and the impact of sexism in the workplace are treated with irony and the subtle humor inherent in the most effective satire.

Breaking rules is what Sophia does best, whether it be writing in the voice of a dispossessed character or favoring long, static shots over the fast jump cuts that have become the norm in Hollywood. The idea is to encourage her viewers to break out of the preordained boxes they have allowed themselves to occupy.

As a strong-willed female director, Sophia Banks brings a unique perspective that is both tender and unabashedly bold. Her voice is strong, edgy bold, and unabashed.

Her palette is at times lush and beautiful, and at others stark and fraught. Sophia focuses on forms in the frame that others overlook, and she knows how to arrange a shot to highlight subtext and innuendo. Like many of the directors she admires most, including Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and Martin Scorsese, she relies on the power of imagery to tell my stories.

In an era dominated by instant gratification, when less is considered more—even though it is usually lacking in depth and texture—Sophia offers a holistic approach to film and television, one that asks the question: “Where do we go from here?” And answers it with a fully emotional, spiritual, and physical journey.

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Why Should You Listen to Sophia Banks?

There are plenty of reasons why you should listen to Sophia Banks. Let me give the top 3:

  1. How Sophia has constantly done things that are not ‘easy’ – moving to America, becoming a celebrity designer, quitting an industry when she’s enjoying all the comforts, rising up in the second industry?
  2. Why does she think that as a filmmaker it’s important for her to be conscious of the stories and ideas she puts out to the real world?
  3. She explains her value systems and how she makes decisions, that had made her successful.
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What You’ll Learn from this Interview?

Sophia talks about a lot of things in this interview. Here are specific things you’ll learn:

  1. How Sophia looks at the future, and why it is important for you and me?
  2. Sophia’s new movie’s plot and how that relates to a future we all will live in?
  3. How and why Sophia moved from fashion to films?
  4. What excites Sophia as a mother, filmmaker, and entrepreneur?
  5. The hardest part Sophia faced in rebuilding her career from scratch.
  6. What Sophia thinks about making films that sort of give ideas to people with the wrong intentions?
  7. How does Sophia deal with success?
  8. How Sophia picks and chooses projects and what it has to do with value systems?
  9. Why and who she thinks is her Godfathers (and Godmothers)?

and so much more!

How Can You Listen?

Sophia Banks’ interview is available in audio.

Direct Link to Audio

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How to Get In Touch with Sophia Banks?

LinkedIn: @bankssophia

Twitter: @sophiabanksc

Instagram: @sophiabanksc

Facebook: @sophiabanksc


View Sophia’s new movie trailer.

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Special thanks to Sophia Banks for taking the time to join me this week!

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