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An Interview with Deann Baker, Star of Bloom

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2014

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Your upcoming movie Bloom - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

Bloom is a horror/psychological film that follows the story of a young woman named Lily who wakes up one evening in a bloody motel bathroom with fuzzy memories of the previous night. My character, Lily, is in a very unsettling situation where she has to piece together what happened to her while understanding who she's becoming as a result of this traumatic event.

 

Now always assuming that you have never actually been turned into a vampire in your real life - what did you even draw upon to bring a role like this to life? And how much fun was it to play a vampire?

 

You know what happens when you assume... A lot of the inspiration came heavily from Amy Acker's performance in Angel, per Travis's recommendation. She had brilliant body language that was somehow stiff and fluid at the same time. Basically she had the very essence of how you'd think a vampire should move. Now if you were a vampire, how much fun do you think it would be? Yeah, that's how much fun it was to play a vampire.

 

How did you get hooked up with Bloom in the first place?

 

With luck and knowing Travis Legge. I read the script a while back and saw how truly different of a project this was going to be since there was very little dialogue in it AND it was a Travis Legge script [Travis Legge interview - click here]. Once finished reading, I had immediately jumped on expressing my excitement to Travis in hopes to be a part of it. The rest is in the credits.

 

What can you tell us about working with your director Travis Legge [Travis Legge interview - click here] on Bloom? And how did you two meet up in the first place, and also do talk about previous collaborations?

 

Travis Legge is a hell of a dude that knows how much direction to give and when the actors need the space to explore their character. He's an open funny dude that creates some of the best on-set atmospheres. We met up a while back when he first started casting for Legacy of the Masque, a superhero webseries. Who the heck can stay away from a superhero webseries? I offered to help at any capacity I could and from there he kept contacting me about any crew or cast opportunities he'd have available on his projects. This eventually led to helping out on his feature film Dry Spell which was a hoot and a holler to work on.

 

To what extent can you identify with Bloom's horror theme?

 

The dark psychological questions that Travis asks the audiences had me question a lot about my own actions. It's an odd feeling to have when I instinctively know that Lily is being a straight up blood-sucking jerk but I understand why.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The cast and crew were brilliant enough to make long weekend hours feel like a breeze. With crew like Cherish Warden in particular being incredibly on top of things, stuff moved pretty swiftly and smoothly. The atmosphere in general was pretty fun for being, you know, a flick about a fucked up chick.

 

Deann and Heather Dorff doing

Filming 'Round Midtown

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

The next project in the barracks for acting is Ron Purtee's film Indoor Air. There's also going to be an eventual spin-off webseries of Filming 'Round Midtown that's currently being written [Filming 'Round Midtown interview - click here]. I just have to add a few more goat jokes for Heather Dorff's sake [Heather Dorff interview - click here].

 

What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a "Moon Ranger" (a cross between a Power Ranger and Sailor Moon). Somehow I came to terms with how impossible that was and decided the next best thing was to pretend. In terms of training, I haven't been through as much as I'd like. I took a few classes in high school and Acting Techniques for Camera at Columbia College. I'm sure my lack of acting classes will help illuminate a few things to the audience of Bloom.

 

with Kyle Hoskins in Dry Spell

with Myke Wilson in What Do I Say? - photo by Curtis Clegg

Can you still remember your first time in front of a movie or TV camera, and what was that experience like?

 

I think I remember my first time in front of a camera. My father was creating a television spot for a pledge drive and he decided to spoof Poltergeist. He sat a very young me in front of a static television and I got to say "They're back" as creepy as I could toward camera. To say the least, it was inspirational.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Bloom?

 

I'm pretty shy so my film work prior to Bloom is a short list. It does however include a small role in Travis Legge's Dry Spell. There's a variety of genres on my IMDb page but I tend to gravitate toward comedies. One of my personal favorites is a short called What Do I Say?, directed by Willy Adkins [Willy Adkins interview - click here] and stars Myke Wilson that you can watch here http://youtu.be/HHrSAXsnNFM. It was a one-day shoot where Myke and I just got to goof off using the words from Kevin Bui's script.

 

Besides acting, you seem to have also worked in numerous positions behind the camera - care to elaborate?

 

Whenever I act on a set I dig helping out off camera if time allows, this includes gripping or standing around shouting what time of day it is. A majority of the time though my week looks like this; During the day, I'm a videographer and editor for Silk Road Rising. At night I'm a composer for indie projects and on the weekends, I act. Editing I got into for the sake of having a creative career while supporting myself. I've come to love it more than I ever thought I would. Composing is my go-to hobby. It actually came about when I started taking piano lessons a long time ago. I hated the music my teacher would give me to practice so I'd just go off melodically on my own for hours. Apparently piano wasn't enough and around fourth grade I picked up the cello, fifth grade the trombone, then the guitar, recorder, and now I'm trying out the clarinet. I am truly the definition of 'master of none'.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I barely have the right to call myself an actress. I do try and build characteristics based on the characters' past, explore what they've been through up to the point where the script begins, and use this as the basis for the character. I'm minimalistic in techniques. Whether that means I'm lazy or truly minimalist, I'm not sure, but I like to primarily just react. That was one of the things that made Bloom so darn hard since it was just silly me in front of the camera most of the time.

 

Actresses (or indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

Gary Oldman. There should be an acting award named after this dude. I'm also an incredibly huge fan of Simon Pegg. As for actresses, the actresses I've worked with have been the most inspiring, particularly Heather Dorff [Heather Dorff interview - click here]. Her strength, energy, and unbelievable talent constantly make me push myself further.

 

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... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

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http://pikadee47.wix.com/deannbaker

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Thanks for the interview!

 

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