INTERVIEW WITH Jana Angelova - FILMMAKER

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Jana Angelova is an Artist and documentary maker. Born in Bulgaria, based in London, UK. Education: BA Bulgarian and English language; BSc Open degree with major Psychology and social sciences.

Tell us about your background and when did you decide to become a filmmaker? 


I have always been involved in the arts, in many of its forms, since childhood.

My  filmmaker debut was a result of my love for photography, nature and  travel. That combined with writing/storytelling, which is another  passion of mine, led to my first documentary short film.


Films that inspired you to become a filmmaker?


In relation to my current projects, what inspired me are the many  National Geographic and Discovery channel documentaries I have seen, as  well as BBC documentaries.


Who is your biggest influence? 


I try to admire all, but be authentic.


What were some of the challenges you had to face in making your films?


I am perhaps yet to face my biggest challenges, but by far, that has been the lack of time to complete everything.


Do you have a favorite genre to work in? Why is it your favorite? 


I am currently working on travel/nature documentary shorts, and I love  it. This is in part because. as an author of the projects, I am involved  in everything, from start to finish. 


What’s your all-time favorite movie and why? 


They are many, in different genres.

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If you could work with anyone in the world, who would that person be? 


I would like to work with inspirational, intellectual, professional people with a vision.


Tell us something most people don't know about you. 


My parents both hold black belts in Japanese martial arts. My late father - in Karate Do. My mother - in Judo. My grandfather is a retired Colonel and hobby writer - currently writing poems.


The one person who has truly believed in you throughout your career. 


They are more than one, and I am grateful to them. Always a special thanks to my mother.


What was the most important lesson you had to learn as filmmaker? 


It is hard work, but it is worth it.


Is it harder to get started or to keep going?  What was the particular thing that you had to conquer to do either? 


I found it difficult to prioritize time for the project, over other events and projects in life.


What keeps you motivated? 


Sometimes I am self motivated, sometimes motivation comes from outside!

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How has your style evolved? 


Probably that is yet to happen with the next projects.


On set, the most important thing is: 


To keep calm and focused, and not allow nerves to get on the way.


The project(s) you’re most proud of: 


"My travels" short films;  The projects I have been involved with in all  areas, as I have always been selective; Art works (paintings and  drawings).


The most challenging project you worked on. And why? 


All projects have their challenges, minor or major.


What are your short term and long term career goals? 


Short term - I look forward to completing the next documentary short. Long term - I believe events unfold for the best.


Your next projects? 


I am currently working on "My travels Part 2 - London through my  eyes". Later, I  look forward to start work on "My travels Part 3 -  Mumbai", which will complete "My travels" documentary short series.


Please share with us where people can find you on social media, so our readers could keep track of your career:


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/janaangelovapage/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janaangelovaa/

"My Travels" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mytravels.shortfilm/

Art page: https://www.facebook.com/janaAartpage/    Official website: www.jana-angelova.com