Interview with director Wade K Savage (BARROW)

Wade Savage’s short film BARROW was the winner of BEST FILM at the October 2016 Action/Crime Film Festival.

It was a pleasure to interview him about his film and what’s next:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Wade K. Savage: My writing and producing partner Pete Gurbiel and I wanted to make another film together, and I originally had this far out idea about time travel and this girl dealing with a past trauma. I really love ‘Silence of The Lambs’ so I wanted to have a Clarice Starling type character as our lead. Luckily, Pete is way more sensible than I am and we ended up where we are, with this beautiful film that explores some deeper themes, but is also visually really engaging.

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

WKS: About 2 years all up.

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

WKS: Psychological sci-fi (is that three?!)

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

WKS: Initially, finding locations was a major problem. As a filmmaker, Pete has an uncanny ability to make things happen – no matter what. The locations in ‘Barrow’ play such an influential role in the unravelling of the story and our lead character’s journey, and needed to hit the mark. Also, working out the mechanics for the ‘duality past/present room’ was pretty tricky. Luckily, we had amazing people on the project.

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

WKS: I was really, really proud. They seemed like a mature crowd of pretty sophisticated types, and I was pleased people responded the way they did. When you spend a lot time trying to become a filmmaker, seeing positive stuff like that means a lot.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film: 

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

WKS: We wanted to create a character you could pitch a TV series with, so Carly Jacobs was born. Also, I really like ‘low tech’ forensics thrillers, and anything to do with insects! I’m also obsessed with Guillermo Del Toro, so his work played a big role, too.

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

WKS: Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs or The Deer Hunter. I couldn’t tell you which.

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

WKS: I’ve just written a new feature and I’ve been developing a kid’s Horror/Sci Fi animated series, so it will be either of those. The kid’s series ‘Skourge Legacy’ is super 90’s, but it has a very special place in my heart.



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By matthewtoffolo

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


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