Interview with Magda Olchawska, filmmaker and author of the Mikolay & Julia Adventures

Today I’m posting an interview with Magda because I saw her on Twitter and was fascinated with her ability to balance film-making and writing and supporting other writers. She will have an interview with me up on her blog this month.

Magda, give us a little background on you.

My name is Magda M. Olchawska and I’m an author of children books (Mikolay & Julia Adventures www.mikolayandjulia.com) as well as an award winning filmmaker.  I’ve been making films for almost 10 years now and have been writing for 6 years. I did write a lot of poetry and short stories when I was a kid. But one day I destroyed all my work. Just right before graduating from film school I was right back hooked on writing scripts.

What made you start making films?

Since I was a kid I always wanted to tell stories so “jumping” from writing to film-making wasn’t that difficult for me. After all, it is still story telling, but using visuals mostly with a bit of dialogue.

How do you get started with a new film?

Before I can make a movie, I have to come up with a story and write a script so the whole cast & crew know what we are working on.

I usually write the most during autumn, winter & early spring. During the summer is way too hot for me to concentrate properly on writing and that is why I give myself this time to make movies. I make movies at least every 2 years (it takes a long time to have everything ready for the shooting of a movie).

Film is a fantastic art form. However, according to me filmmaking couldn’t exist without all the wonderful books written throughout the history.

Where else can my readers find you?

Apart from writing & filmmaking I also run a website www.magdaolchawska.com which I use not only to promote my work but also to promote other authors & filmmakers.

What made you decide to interview other authors?

I have come up with an interview and spotlight section for authors after my not so successful blog tour for my children book “Mikolay & Julia In The Attic”.

Even though there are so many websites out there, relatively few offer interviews or spotlight section for authors, indie authors in particular. I thought to myself that this could be a fantastic way of helping my fellow writers by making my readers aware of all these amazing indie books.

How is it going?

So far the interview section turned out to be very popular and I have managed to get a lot of wonderful authors involved.

I also hope the Spotlight section will be useful for the authors & their new or recent publications.

As an indie artist I know how hard it is to promote one’s work. That is why building communities to support one another is the best way we can help one another.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed it.

If you would like to find out more about my work as a writer & filmmaker please visit www.magdaolchawska.com

If you would like to find our more about my children books please visit www.mikolayandjulia.com

Thanks, Magda for a great interview. You can also find her on twitter at @magdaolchawska