Des Gray - Life And Film Go Hand In Hand, You Just Have To Be Able To Showcase It Correctly (Director)

Des Gray

Understanding how people learn and how to be able to tell the story and be able to teach them, regardless of flaws is a job in itself. But changing someone's process or getting them to open up, is commitment. 

1. Tell us about your background and journey. How and when did you realize your passion for movies?

My background is in Film & Theater, that is what I studied and majored in school. Although my journey started when I was born and raised in Haiti, growing up very poor. I remember looking through people's windows and admiring the light that came from the TV and saying to myself, I wanted to be able to do that one day. 

I wanted to be the person who created those shows, and when I moved to America one of the first films I watched was "Crooklyn" by Spike Lee. That movie was the battery in my back to pursue film & theatre.

2. What, in your opinion, is the most important quality in a Film Director?

In my opinion, the most important quality in a film director is imagination and their ability to execute what you imagine.

3. Share one of your favourite experiences as a digital creator with us.

One of my favourite experiences as a digital creator was when I created a video called "Do Better" (by Little). I chose to shoot this video very uniquely. I was able to capture the details of the message from different angles. I gave the audience an opportunity to see each character's life, feelings and pain in different perspectives. 

From woman to man, abuse to an abuser, poor to rich, sadness to hate, love and heartbreak. I still go back and watch that video. The message was beautiful and still puts a battery in my back whenever I doubt myself. Life and film go hand in hand, you just have to be able to showcase it correctly.

4. What has been the biggest learning lesson from your job?

My biggest learning lesson has been commitment. There have been jobs that I've loved and jobs that I turned to dislike. But my commitment has always been the art and making sure the job gets finished. When you work with so many people, you also get to know human behaviour and how others learn. 

Understanding how people learn and how to be able to tell the story and be able to teach them, regardless of flaws is a job in itself. But changing someone's process or getting them to open up, is commitment.

5. What is the one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring film directors?

You have to have a passion for this, the ability to be knocked down 20 times and get up 21, the willpower to say no to things that do not feed you creatively and the faith to keep going. This profession is not for the weak of heart but to me, it’s worth it.

6. Which is the one movie that you would recommend our readers to watch?

You must watch "City of Gods". It's a Brazilian film and that movie was epic, from language to each character and shot. Hands down, amazing.

- Des Gray (Director, Creative Director, Producer)

Des Gray

A visionary can be defined as a person that is thinking about or planning for the future. Haiti’s visionary is the phenomenal Des Gray. Serving as the voice of reason for the voiceless is a cross to bear that any people do not adhere to. The hardships she has endured have rightfully earned Gray the appropriate title of being a change-agent for generations to come.

Gray is a graduate of Alabama State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies. She has also acquired her degree in Business Management at Full Sail University. After completing her scholarly endeavours, Gray worked for BET Network as the project coordinator for several shows. 

After a successful run with BET, she started her own production company, ​Foreign Made Films. Her clients have included Future, Young Thug, The Migos, Lil Baby, Young Jeezy, some of hip-hop's most transcendent influences.


Interviewed By Akshaya Rathinavadivel

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