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!
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 full emotional, spiritual and physical journey.
'The moment you are prejudiced against one person, be it their religion, be it the color of their skin, anything about it, that moment we have all lost our freedom.' - @sophiabankscquoting her grandmother from Poland who survived the Nazis… Click To TweetPurpose is where something you are doing, you can get paid for. - @sophiabanksc #filmmaking #business #fashion #women Click To Tweet
Sophia talks about a lot of things in this interview. Here are specific things you’ll learn:
and so much more!
Sophia Banks’ interview is available in audio.
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Special thanks to Sophia Banks for taking time to join me this week!