Because they require her to gather plenty of material for her images and her soundtrack and endlessly manipulate both to achieve the effects she desires Laitala's films are labor-intensive, which is part of the reason she enjoys making them. "I get a lot of ideas during the process of working with the material," she said. "You discover things that you would never set out to achieve if you had everything mapped out from beginning to end. I think a lot of artists work that way. People keep saying, 'You gotta stop using the phrase experimental film, because experimental film makes it sound like you don't know what you're doing.' It's a really tricky thing. A lot of people call themselves film artists. You're working with a medium in the same way that a painter would work with paint. You're working directly with the stuff itself."
In a follow-up e-mail after our meeting, Laitala further explained herself: "My process is organic, utilizing elliptical forms, allowing my projects to evolve and become entities unto themselves. I am more interested in ideas that arise in a nonlinear fashion where my images can carry myriad meanings, for literal connotations are limiting." And there's no limit to what this talented artist can achieve.