Exclusive Interview: Jennifer Fraser (Capture, Kill, Release)
What attracted you to CAPTURE KILL RELEASE?
It was really about the people and the learning experience. Nick Brian and Farhang were so amazing to work with right from the audition process, I was excited to delve into that. Also previously, I had very minimal screen experience, all my work and training was in theatre, and this was a great opportunity to branch out.
What was the biggest obstacle for you during production?
Ha believe it or not, getting used to the camera. I’m fine in front of huge crowds and live audiences, but I was so camera shy back then, it took some getting used to.
What was the coolest memory?
We went up to a small town just north of Toronto to film the “bury the body” scene. It was actually known for being a murder woods, bodies had been found there before. And we didn’t exactly get a permit to film, as we were such a bare bones crew for that stuff. And as we were pulling out the body bins and bags and shovels and accoutrements a police car rolls up and asks what we’re doing! Immediately we’re pointing at the camera promising we’re filming a little indie thing and we’ll be quiet and go away soon. He kinda just shrugged at us and drove off. If it had been a real body dump, would have been the easiest get away ever! Lol, just bring a camera.
What did you learn from working on CAPTURE KILL RELEASE?
It really had me thinking, and still does, about what psychological shifts go on when we put ourselves behind or in front of a screen. I think we as a society find safety in it, even if not anonymity. As though nothing is quite real when there’s the buffer of a phone or lens between us and the world. People seem to say or do whatever they want and the consequences don’t hold the same weight.
How was it working with writer / director, Nick McAnulty?
Amazing. He’s so relaxed and open to trying things out and playing around with the scenes. Especially with some of the more challenging subject matter. He gave us (Farhang and I) time to settle into our relationship before tackling certain bits. He always good for a laugh on set as well.
How was it working with co-star Farhang Ghajar ?
He’s the sweetest guy. Always gives it everything he’s got. When we filmed Capture was just before he went for his formal training at Stratford, and he would get so into the tough stuff, and I’d feel so bad for making him upset, but in the end the shots were great and he was okay, but it feels like bullying your best friend and I’d hug him and apologize and tell him he’s amazing over and over, which he is.
How did you get involved in the film industry?
I trained as a theatre actor and a dancer. Capture sort of fell into my lap. Little did I know my career would go the film direction after Capture
Do you have any favorites when it comes to the horror genre?
I really like Horror Comedy, actually, stuff that undermines all the blood and gore and tropes of typical Horror. But I’ll hold off on naming names.
What was the best acting advice you ever received?
It is not the actors job to judge the character, but to embody them and invest in them as real people, with motivations, hopes and flaws like anyone else.
What’s next for Jennifer Fraser?
I still work in Film, but now behind the camera with the art department, creating the world that actors get to inhabit! I can’t talk too much about the projects I work on but I love being the film world, surrounded by creative people.