AbelsonTaylor Senior Producer Connelly Answers Five Questions

AbelsonTaylor Senior Producer Connelly Answers Five Questions

In the latest installment of our weekly feature, AbelsonTaylor Senior Broadcast Producer Claire Connelly answers Five Questions with SCREEN.

SCREEN: Your go-to karaoke song?

CLAIRE: oof - I avoid karaoke at most costs - generally if I get pulled into karoke I try to sing in the back of a group song - memorable ones have been "Candle in the Wind" and "Bad Romance"

SCREEN: Best restaurant in Chicago we maybe haven’t heard of yet?

CLAIRE: Too many choices to pick from! We just went to The Loyalist and had the scallops which were amazing! Also - Moody Tongue Brewery - the menu is made up of only oysters and chocolate cake - but both are delicious!

SCREEN: Worst decision you made in college?

CLAIRE: I went to Notre Dame and all dorms are all single sex and there is not Greek Life on campus - so the dorms function a lot like a sorority or fraternity would in your identity and friends on campus. So the dorms host dorm wide dances / parties - during one of these parties my friends and I stole (or borrowed!) the table from the study lounge to play flip cup. This doesn't seem like such a big deal now - but we got into a bit of trouble when it was all discovered as we were not yet 21 and we had also spilled a fair amount of beer on the table.

SCREEN: Celebrity crush?

CLAIRE: My celebrity crush is probably only a celebrity to me. I worked on a film in 2013 called "Lost River." It was Ryan Gosling's directorial debut and of course Ryan was the set crush of everyone in the office.... except me.... my set crush on that movie was our DP, Benoît Debie. He is a very talented Belgian DP who had just shot Spring Breakers and was very convincing in why he still wants to shoot film as much as possible. "The various shades of blue, Claire - the Alexa just doesn't capture all the blues that film does." It cemented my forever set crush ;)

SCREEN: Worst job you’ve ever had?

CLAIRE: Dish Line in college - as a Freshman on Work Study - we all had to work in the Dining Hall and that meant a Dish Line shift. Dish Line was standing on the other side of the conveyor belt in the dining hall and dealing with the dirty dishes and leftover food on the trays. It wasn't hard so much as a bit gross. My best friend and I picked the earliest possible shift to deal with the least amount of students and honestly it was the earliest I ever got up in college.


SCREEN: Best advice you’ve ever been given?

CLAIRE: I came up through the film production community in Chicago and it is hard to get started - I worked for free and for very little money a lot. My mom was concerned that I needed to do something more traditional - but I had been living with my grandma to save on rent and she told me to just keep working at it. It is simple advice - but it came when I needed to hear it.