• Liv Taylor

Well, We Survived Another Ten Years. Here's Lookin' at You, 2020.

Dear Reader,


Well, we did it! This week, the world celebrated entering into the new decade as we do every year: getting wasted on champagne, exploding confetti all over Times Square while Ryan Seacrest never ages and every singer we kind of liked (and a random K-Pop band, though I'm all for it) lip-syncs their top hits.


This year, we get to take a look back on all of the 2010's. To think about everything that has happened in the past decade is simultaneously eerie and sentimental. Every film I ever made happened in the last ten years. I started Marble Castle Entertainment in 2017. I have met and worked with some amazing people. I went to my first AFM conference, which I'll be posting about soon (SO much information to sort through).


AFM 2019!

I'm unbelievably excited for everything that's coming up in 2020. Our main project is our female-led badass feature film, Where Our Sisters Go, which is set to start pre-production in the early spring. I'll be posting about that whole process as we move forward, both on here and on our instagram page (which is, predictably, @marblecastleentertainment). This film has my whole heart and I'm incredibly excited to get it made.


This isn't just a good time to reflect on our personal selves and our projects, but to also reaffirm MCE's mission statement.


So...


What is Marble Castle Entertainment?


We are a diverse, female-led film production company that creates dynamic and multi-genre content through inclusive hiring practices.


I'm lucky enough to pick and chose who I want to work with (one of the main reasons I started this company). I was tired of trying to prove myself to a set full of white dudes who tried to make out with me at afterparties and would point-blank look me up and down and say "Really? You made a horror film? That's surprising!" or the classic "You don't really look like a director..." or the cringe-worthy "Don't worry, sweetheart, you'll get there." (Barf.)


Color session on "Gravidity", 2019

So when I hire people, I not only look at their resume, but I pay close attention to how they talk to me. I ask myself, "Is this someone I can collaborate with? Is this someone I can trust? Someone I'm comfortable with? Someone who doesn't need to be micromanaged?" I love tapping into each individual's creativity and potential while working on a film. I'm not so controlling of an idea that I need everything to be my way, but I will do what needs to be done to protect the integrity of the story. That's what good leaders do: They let each team member do what they do best while supporting and guiding them.


The amazing Jesse Peterson, doing his thing. "Gravidity" sound session, 2019

I also ask myself "Will this be a pleasant person to have on set? Will they make anyone uncomfortable?" That question is harder to answer. That's why I love recommendations from colleagues (though even those can sometimes fall flat). Moving forward, I hope to cultivate a better weirdo-radar.


By running my company this way, and prioritizing the hiring and casting of diverse people (color, sexual orientation, people with disabilities, etc.), the conversation starts to change. If we want to level the playing field, once and for all, then we need to make a point to go out of our way and consider everyone for each role.


Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point. My parents, my family, my husband, my friends, my cats (well, one of my cats. The other two are kind of assholes.), my colleagues, my mentors, my fans (hi Mom!). I appreciate every single one of you.


There are many things to be excited for. 2020 is looking good so far, and I hope you feel the same. I wish you, dear reader, nothing but love, good health, and success in the 2020's.


With Love,

Olivia Vozzella

Owner, Marble Castle Entertainment, LLC






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