Interview with Daniel Reimer, short filmmaker BELL TOWER ENIGMA

Daniel Reimer’s short film BELL TOWER ENIGMA played at the best of Horror WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in October 2015.


I recently sat down with Daniel Reimer to talk to him about his short film.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Daniel: Bell Tower Enigma was one of the graduation films from the Filmmaking Diploma of the London Film Academy. We were able to pitch for various scripts written by the students. I loved the idea of Bell Tower Enigma as it reminded me of Hitchcock and Lynch. I’m very much drawn to mystery and the surreal in film.

From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

We had about 2 months of pre-production, we shot for about a week and finally another month for post-production.

How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Psychological Mystery

What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

As the audience experienced as well, the story/plot might be a bit of a challenge to follow. That is because unlike other projects in the same year we had less time to work on the script. Ironically despite that, the writer and me came up with this huge intricate background story, which might have been a bit too ambitious and complex to squeeze into a short that wasn’t allowed to go over 10 minutes 😉

What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It was amazing to see the audience interact with the film. As a short filmmaker you rarely get the opportunity to get that much of detailed feedback from an audience. The general statement “It looks beautiful, but what the hell is going on” didn’t come as that much of a surprise as it is similar to reactions we received from other audiences 🙂 However, I myself enjoy films (or any piece of art for that matter) where there is lots of room for personal interpretation. So it is not that much about the intention of the writer or director, but more about what the audience makes of it for themselves. So in that sense I very much enjoyed the different interpretations and speculations concerning the story.

Your film had an amazing church location. How did you find it?

The church is a popular filming location in London due to its mystical and creepy crypt in the basement. Part of the 2012 Les Misérables was shot there as well so we felt pretty good about ourselves filming on a location which previously had been visited by big Hollywood stars 🙂

What film have you seen the most in your life?

The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky is probably one of my favourite movies. In my childhood me and my sister watched Star Trek Generations every night for a long time.
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What is next for you? A new film?

At the moment I am in the process of finishing a short romantic comedy called Lovigation, which is a bit more “down to earth”. It is about a driver who falls in love with his passenger and resorts to the advice of his GPS which magically comes to life and gives him romantic and sexual advice.

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By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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