PLNU senior, Olivia Mowry, shares some behind the scenes details of the two viral YouTube videos, “Love is an Open Store” and “Do You Wanna Go To Starbucks?”
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself …
I’m a senior media communication major with a film studies concentration at PLNU and right now, I’m “studying abroad” in LA for a semester to finish up my major. I love what I do and telling stories through filmmaking.
Q: What was your role in the production of the two videos, “Love is an Open Store” and “Do You Wanna Go To Starbucks?”
I was basically a one-woman production team for both videos. I directed and edited the videos, and did the camera work. PLNU alum, Jené Nicole Johnson (14), did everything you can hear in the videos—lyrics, recording, etc. She did the audio while I did the visual aspect.
Q: How long did it take to produce “Love is an Open Store”? What differentiated the creation of this video from your first, “Do You Wanna Go To Starbucks?”
“Love is an Open Store” was definitely set to be a sequel from the beginning, when the original video took off. We were even able to film it during the summer, but it didn’t get released until now because, at the time, I was leaving to study abroad in Austria.
Q: Who are the new faces in the sequel and how did they get involved?
PLNU alum, Weston Bennett (13), is the most prominent new face and he is a wonderfully talented singer! Jené had been friends with Weston since they were both really young, so she naturally wanted to sing with him. For the extras, Jené and I wanted to branch out by having our other friends involved as well.
Q: How did you come up with the lyrics for this video? Should we expect more Frozen parodies in the future?
Jené gets all the credit for the lyrics! She is a coffee lover and the lyrics just came out of that passion. Obviously, she worked hard at making these songs, but she also has a great gift that allowed her to come up with these catchy parodies. In terms of future Frozen parodies, even though nothing is currently in the works, anything can happen!
Q: What projects are you currently working on?
Through my program here in LA, I’m working on several different projects. I’m working as a director of photography on a short film that’s set to be finished by May. I’m also directing a short film, as a side project centering on swing dancing, that will hopefully be done around the same time.
Q: With graduation only a few months away, what’s next after PLNU? What is your dream job?
After graduation, I’m planning on living in LA and starting my career here. Being in LA for a semester has already helped ease me into that transition. The dream job would definitely be to direct a film that tells a very important story to me. I can’t be too specific on that, because I’m entirely open to what that story could be. I look forward to discovering those stories that are important over time.