It’s no surprise film director and screenwriter Gia Coppola is on the fast track to success. When your grandfather is Francis Ford Coppola—one of the most famous American filmmakers of all time—and you have a colourful cast of talent in your family (including writer/director/actress Sofia Coppola), it’s inevitable you’ll have strong creative juices flowing in your veins. The quirky-cool Coppola was recently featured in a story by Semaine, a new online magazine and concept store, where she opened up about her career and her love for fashion and art. The piece also includes an exclusive short film directed by Tracy Antonopoulos, featuring Coppola and Antonopoulos on a high-spirited journey to Disney World. Keep reading to learn what inspires Coppola as an artist and to shop some of her favourite items.
On what inspires her: “I love to observe and read and see other movies; regardless of whether it’s movies or arthouse, photography books really inspire me. Keeping your eyes open. Trying to re-create things that I’ve seen, that process that inspires you.”
On her personal style: “I’m generally pretty casual and comfortable because I’m more focused on work, but I do get inspired by looking at style on the runway. I love what Alessandro Michele is doing for Gucci, and it has the same kind of feel and approach to the way I feel about fashion; that is, incorporating things you’re nostalgic for in the past and combining it with the present, and what’s going on in the world currently.”
On filmmaking: “I was always a little bit intimidated to try it out. I studied photography, which was fun, and filmmaking was an extension of that, and making these short films with my friends and seeing that it was collaborative made it less intimating. The fear dropped away because I was inspired and I felt good doing that. And then when I met James [Franco] and had the opportunity to do Palo Alto, he made a point to make it small so I worked with the same crew that I worked with on my smaller films, and we tried to keep some structure which was a fun challenge.”
On current artists: “I just went to the book fair in L.A., and that was really fun and I loved walking around. Stephen Shore is a photographer I studied, and I always admire him. I just like looking at photos of his Insta too; it’s kind of random. I like how candid that camera is and how people move it.”
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