Interview with Filmmaker Tyler Wallach (FROG)

Tyler Wallach’s short film FROG played at the Family FEEDBACK Film Festival in March 2016. It was the winner of Best Cinematography at the festival. 


Interview with Tyler Wallach:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Tyler Wallach: The belief that stories are important and best when shared. And that Frogs are people, too.

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

TW: A year and change. a.k.a too long.

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

TW: Cruelty, Justice.

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

TW: The biggest obstacle in making Frog was its post production. It was brutal. (NOTE TO SELF, stop shooting film – it gives you wrinkles)

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

TW: It was really special to listen and watch the initial reactions of the Toronto audience. There’s nothing more satisfying to me as a filmmaker then to see my art talked about, to see the ideas and feelings I shared on screen be explored and discussed. I learn more about myself through the eyes of an audience, and that is my goal as a filmmaker. To share, learn, repeat.

In short…. hearing the feedback was music to my ears.

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

TW: I was writing a feature film at the time that was based on my childhood. The story of frog came from there and it seemed too good to not make right away.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

TW: Braveheart. I’ve always loved history.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

TW: I’ll be embarking on the painstaking, yet rewarding journey of creating another short film! Much like Frog it too is a story about an underdog – but this time it’s about putting out fires.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of FROG


By matthewtoffolo

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


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