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