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SH: I’m Scott Hillman A Filmmaker from Los Angeles. This is my second feature film.
TGG: Could you tell us about your latest film, “Magical Christmas Tree”?
SH: The Magical Christmas Tree Is about Pace, a Non-Binary accountant working in Los Angeles, trying to live their life and not caring very much about the holidays. However, when their boss has a change of heart after being visited by The Ghosts of Christmas (and/or going insane) they are sent out to the mountains to chop down a tree. However, while heading up into the hills they are followed by a mysterious Elf…
TGG: Sounds very interesting. What was something you learned while making the film?
SH: I learned from the entire process of how you can make movies very efficiently and that kinda of pleased me to a large extent. The movie didn’t have a super long production schedule, or big budget-but we got it done.
Working in the kind of Christmas movie vibe does teach you a lot of the basics of film-making on a day-to-day and an hour-to-hour process. How do we plan this shot when theres a TV that’s going to be a reflection, how do you make a microwave catch on fire. Its a quick but also very rewarding process.
The producer I am working with, Gregory Hatakana, has worked in film since the 80s, doing a lot of low budget genre movies. [TGG: like “Samurai Cop 2”, and Russ Emanuel’s “Staycation”] And what I found fascinating is how to apply some of that process to a LGBT film-which is obviously not very different, but good basic practice. My basic approach to making a Non-Binary Christmas movie-was to make a Christmas movie and I think we did a good job of that.
TGG: What’s next for you?
SH: I am curious to see how this movie does to be honest. While the budget of the movie wasn’t huge – it also means it doesn’t have a huge nut to cover, and I do think this could be an interesting space to live in. I have an idea for a Trans Western or Action movie. Excited to see where this leads.
TGG: How can we best support you?
SH: The movie will be on Tubi shortly. Tubi does have comericals, and if you want it commercial free you can have it either on:
This is also the way to see it if your not in the United States.
Here is the Facebook page for the film: https://www.facebook.com/The-Magical-Christmas-Tree-101326298991962
TGG: Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed today.