Brittany loves to cosplay and can even read Egyptian hieroglyphs, yep that is right she can read those things inside the pyramids and on ancient artefacts… I wonder if she can read Gould lol!
I have been told that she is one of the nicest people I could possibly ever meet by so many who know her, and it is my pleasure to sit down with her today and discuss some aspects of her acting life and her role in Melbourne.
“Brittany is someone who takes acting very seriously. Most ppl in fan films get caught up in the excitement of being in Trek, but with her, there was always a sense of excitement, but professionalism. I’d say that anyone that has the opportunity to work with her, do it. She is honestly so damn talented, I expect high things from this woman in the years to come. And I am fortunate enough to be able to say I knew her before all the glamour”
Vance Owen, Executive Producer, Melbourne.
James) Hi Brittany thank you for talking to me about Melbourne and what your history is with Star Trek.
Firstly you can read Hieroglyphs, can you read Gould from Stargate LOL!
Brittany) I taught myself to read Egyptian when I was in 6th grade. Had a slight obsession with mummies lol I e never tried to read it
James) That is so Awesome! Anyway, I guess we should start with the obvious tell me a bit about yourself.
Brittany) My name is Brittany Wilson and I currently reside in Huntsville Alabama. I really enjoy anything to do with nerd culture. I read manga, watch anime and nerdy shows, as well as play video games. I enjoy the whole experience and meeting others who share the same passions as I do.
James) Tell me a bit about your history with Star Trek what does Trek mean to you, what is your favourite Trek episode and why?
Brittany) One of my favourite Trek episodes is “The Measure of a Man” I really enjoy this episode because it is something that we can relate to in real life. It centres on a great message that I think we can learn from. Especially with all, that’s going on today.
James) That one is one of my favourites as well for me it is more about the message that we are all equal and it does not matter what we are made of we all deserve the same, so that is your fave episode do you have a fave series?
Brittany) My favourite series is Next Generation. Mostly because it was something that I watched after school and remember it fondly.
James) That is the same for me here in the UK, it used to be on every Wednesday at 6 pm :-P, so Do you have a series or episode you do not like?
Brittany) I don’t really have a series or episode that I don’t like. I feel that they all have their place and meaning.
James) What Trek Actors have you met in real life if any?
Brittany) I met Patrick Stewart at Dragon Con a few years ago on accident. I thought he was a cosplayer! Haha…talk about an awkward meeting.
James) Tell me what is your experiences in the Trek fandom everyone’s is different but I am interested in how you see it as you cosplay so you may have a better Idea than the average fan as cosplaying would allow you to have a different outlook on it.
Brittany) My favourite part of the Trek fandom is the people. I have yet to run into someone that I regretted meeting. The culture is so welcoming and nonjudgmental, I adore it. I hope to get more involved in the community as time goes on!!
James) So moving on to your acting experience, tell me a bit about your experiences, when did you realise you wanted to act?
Brittany) I’ve always enjoyed and entertained the thought of acting but never had the guts to do it until this past year.
James) When did you first perform and tell me what you like and enjoy about acting?
Brittany) I had done things a few times before for others, but mostly small parts. I was an extra a few times as well. But have only recently started pursuing and pushing more. I really enjoy telling the story that has been laid out. Putting myself in the shoes of my character and entering their world is the most amazing feeling ever. I appreciate the chances I get to intemperate such things on the screen.
James) What steps did you take to become an actor did you do any formal training etc?
Brittany) While I haven’t had any formal training, I have learned and lot and had to coach from actors I have worked with in the past. I am very fortunate in that sense. Seeing them behind the scene has helped my understanding of the craft.
James) What would you say is the hardest role you have played to date?
Brittany) To date the hardest role I have had to play is Wilma in Melbourne. Mainly because I see a lot of myself in her and I do not want to get lost in the moment. She is a great character though and I can’t wait to see where she goes.
James) Brittany If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Brittany) If someone were to play me in my life…I would want it to be Emma Watson. She has such a great energy and is very skilled. I look up to her a lot as a young actress. Peter Jackson would be my director of choice haha. He’s brilliant!
James) When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Brittany) I like to have a lot of fun on set. When I get a chance, I love to make people smile and laugh. We all know that set can get stressful and intense with long hours, so I like to keep it fun in the end. I feel as a team we all perform better that way. As a team, we are all funny. I would have to say none of us outshines one another in that sense. Which is good because then I’d have competition in the funny department.
James) What do you do when you are not doing Fan Productions? And How would you describe your acting style?
Brittany) When I am not doing fan productions, I am either at my full-time day job or travelling to conventions. I cosplay throughout the year and attend conventions and charity events. It’s wonderful and keeps me in shape for acting, got to be in character! It helps a lot when I walk onto the set. I am more of an in the moment actress, I take the emotions of the scene and put myself and my character in them.
James) How do you memorise your lines?
Brittany) I practice a lot in front of the mirror, both in and out of costume. This helps memorise my lines and get the emotion that I want to portray.
James) If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next? (Any not just, fan films)
Brittany) I would say that if I could pick my next project, I would want to be in a CW show or a Netflix series. They are doing great right now.
James) How do you stay in the moment when acting out a difficult scene is there any tricks you have so if there is a break in filming you keep your head clear?
Brittany) As odd as it sounds, to stay in the moment and concentrate, I have to keep my hands busy. During Melbourne, in between scenes, I would walk up to a crew or cast member and massage their shoulders. STAY WITH ME, it works. Hahaha, I was a drummer for a long time, so to keep my head clear, my hands have to be busy. It’s strange, I know.
James) So moving on to your time on Melbourne, how a typical shoot played out from your Perspective?
Brittany) Shooting for Melbourne was amazing. It was different being in front of the camera versus behind the scenes. I really enjoyed it. Even though we were a small crew, everything went smoothly and our amazing crew was on point. Out of all of the sets, I have worked with, this one was by far my favourite.
James) Did you research your role and how Jeremy & Vance perceived the part to be so you could make sure your part fitted how they envisioned it to be or was this totally your own style and you made the character your own?
Brittany) Jeremy and Vance were wonderful about giving us our scripts and freedom to play our characters as we saw them this helped a lot with Wilma
James) Do you feel that you are much like the character that you played? (Physically, personality, etc.)
Brittany) She is very similar to me, I feel, in my personal life. She is a very intricate character and there is a lot more to her than meets the eye. I’m eager to grow with her.
James) Can you tell me more from your perspective about the story, and how it is different from other Fan Productions? And What was it that drew you to the role you are playing in Melbourne.
Brittany) Melbourne is very different than any fan film I’ve had the pleasure of working on in the fact that you can take this story, and apply it to any other medium. It isn’t strictly Trek universe. I love that. Because it’s more about the story and characters than anything. It’s something that I feel a lot of people will be able to relate to and take the journey with us.
James) With the release of the “Fan Film Guidelines,” how did they make you feel when you saw them,
Brittany) With the guideline change, I was slightly concerned at what our future would be. There were many productions who quit their productions and went on a hiatus. But, Vance and Jeremy didn’t give up, instead, they adapted. In many ways, I feel our production is better off with that.
James) there has been a LOT! Of negativity surrounding them do you feel that they were needed and what are your feelings on them as someone who is an actor in fan films?
Brittany) As a fan in the community, I can understand why they put things like this into place. Do I like that it pulls our creativity leash tighter? Not at all. But as a fan, I let the passion drive me, and adapt however necessary to continue telling my story. If anything these guidelines are just a test for us as creators.
James) do you think they will stop fan films?
Brittany) No, Melbourne is living proof that you can make something quality while following them.
James) Moving on to other aspects of fandom and not just Trek Fandom do you or have you watched any other fan films?
Brittany) I watch a lot of random YouTube fan films. Especially Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter. Mainly for the special effects, story, and wardrobe. It’s great to see how others create and collaborate with one another.
James) Do you watch/listen to other Podcasts, YouTube shows?
Brittany) I really only listen to Comic Pop and Pop Culture Philosophers. Haha, they are great to listen to and have great discussions. Go check them out!!!!
James) Brittany we are moving into the last section now, what advice would you give someone who wants to go into the fan film world, be it making them or acting in them?
Brittany) My advice for people wanting to act or go into fan filmmaking, would be to work hard and be passionate. It has to be something that you want to make happen, and you have to work hard. If you have the passion for it, the drive will follow. Not to mention, have faith in yourself and the people around you. Keep moving forward!!!!
James) Lastly is there anything else you would like to tell me from your perspective of someone involved in the fan film world?
Brittany) One thing that I am seeing in the fan film community, is the repetition of plot and the fact that with the story, it is only meant for that fandom Don’t get me wrong, some fandoms have very specific lore and story, but I would personally like to see a wider range. Something I could relate to on a personal level. But, I am super stoked to see more fan films getting made and shared! The time is now and everyone is doing an amazing job! I cannot wait to see and watch more.
James) Well Brittany thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me.