Jeff Meyers’ short film THE BLOOD OF LOVE was the winner of “Best Film” at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival’s Best of Horror/Thriller event.
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK for THE BLOOD OF LOVE:
I recently interviewed Jeff Meyers about his short film and being in attendance at the Festival in October.
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
Jeff Meyers: Two things, really. First, I was inspired by the O. Henry short story “The Gift Of The Magi,” though it might not be wholly evident to some. I am drawn to stories that have a dark sense of irony. The other was that I am very interested in pushing genre conventions beyond what is expected. While “The Blood Of Love” certainly has horror elements, I wouldn’t quite call it a horror. There are (hopefully) strong elements of romance and drama.
From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
About two years. But the post production process was certainly the longest part. I’m a stickler for details and our sound design alone took nearly 5 months.
How would you describe your short film in two words!?
Sad and ironic. (Bloody, if I can add a third).
What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Ah, well, like most low budget labors of love, you are borrowing time from others and so you have to work around their schedules. My cast and crew were absolutely amazing, but they have lives and careers. Sometimes I had to wait for their generosity. From a production stand point, however, our biggest obstacle was that our effects person got into a car accident the day he was supposed to be on set. That threw our schedule into disarray and we had an incredibly long shooting day as we tried to adjust. It also meant going back a month later to shoot the practical effects in a completely different setting. But it all worked out beautifully in the end.
What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Relief. The audience seemed to really like the film and that validates all the effort and creativity and sacrifices you make to bring something like this into reality. You hope what you create will connect with people and it seemed like my film did that. I also appreciate how smart the comments were. Folks really got into the spirit of what “The Blood Of Love,” is about, which is: How far would you go to hold onto the person you love?
You were actually at the festival (and made a cameo at the end of your audience feedback video). How did you enjoy the festival and what was your favorite film of the evening (besides your own)?
I think the festival is especially unique in the way it engages the audience directly. As a filmmaker that can be very exciting. Of course, folks said some really nice things about my film, so that certainly helps. It would have been a bit of a bummer if they had hated it. Overall, I liked a lot of the program. Probably my favorite two films of the evening were “A Peaceful Man” (beautifully shot) and “Little Misses” (completely absurd but charming in its absurdity).
What film have you seen the most in your life?
Hmmm. Wow. That’s a hard one. There are quite a few films I return to to watch. A short but very incomplete list would include: Dr. Strangelove, Aliens, Touch Of Evil, John Carpenter’s The Thing. And if anything by the Coen Brothers is playing on cable, I get sucked in (except the Ladykillers).
What is next for you? A new film?
I am finishing up a feature script, looking to shoot a pair of shorts in 2016 (fingers crossed) and, if the fates allow, hope to shoot my first feature.
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