Today we’re joined by Elaina Lee. Elaina is a wonderful up and coming filmmaker. They’re currently writing a webseries entitled Nyte’s Edge, which is a fascinating spin on the superhero genre. It sounds intriguing and I’m definitely going to check it out when it’s released. Elaina is a passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I mainly describe myself as a writer. I went from attempting
novels, to writing and completing screenplays for film. My favorite genres are
sci-fi, action, suspense, adventure, and I mostly write in those categories as
I’m currently working Nyte’s
Edge, a webseries about a superhero who must save his alcoholic
ex-boyfriend from the grips of an elite crime organization that has taken over
their city. It explores good verses bad, and the grey area between. It also
explores forgiveness and redemption.
What inspires you?
In the least cheesy sense possible, people inspire me. My
favorite part of the writing process is probably creating realistic characters
that people can empathize with. I love listening to people’s stories, big or
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I originally wanted to write novels, but I didn’t have time
patience to sit down and write over 50,000 words. Instead, I turned to film. It’s
funny because it turns out that I don’t have enough words to fill a novel, but
I have too many words to fill a script so these last few months working on Nyte’s Edge has also been about finding
some kind of happy medium between the two.
But I’ve always known that I was going to create and be
creative. Nothing else stuck, especially in school. I thought I was doing
something wrong in not picking a “practical” career, until I chose a creative
field. Since then, I’ve never felt more on-track in my life, and that brings so
much peace of mind to me.
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not currently, no.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Stay true to yourself, and don’t follow a path that’s going
to make you dread waking up each day.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
Asexual, somewhere between sex-neutral and sex-repulsed.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Thankfully I haven’t yet. It’s not necessarily something
that you just bring up on set at any time, but the people who work closely with
me know about me being ace. I’m not necessarily “out”, but I’m also not hiding
it and am fairly open about it.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I can’t be asexual because it’s not scientifically
correct. Or that I just haven’t found the right person yet, so I can’t be
I did have some guy tell how I had a kind of superiority
over allosexual people because my mind isn’t focused on sex, and therefore able
to focus on other things more acutely. Still, I couldn’t help but laugh, and be
kind of weirded out.
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
I think what’s helped me the most is knowing that I identify
as I do for myself, not for anyone else. Keep allowing yourself to grow, and if
you grow out of one identity and into a new one that you feel is a fuller
explanation of yourself, then embrace it.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
I’ve got an official
Facebook page, which is where you can find updates about Nyte’s Edge. I share all my film
endeavors on there, so if you’re interested in seeing the short films I’ve been
involved in, that would be the place to look. I’ve also got my film Instagram that anyone and
everyone can follow. As for Tumblrs, I’ve got my film one at raggedybun, and a specific one for at
nytesedge, but neither of them are
particularly active currently.
Thank you, Elaina, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.