Interview with director Rodrigo Espinosa (ATOMIC COUPLE!)

Rodrigo Espinosa’s short film “ATOMIC COUPLE!” played was the winner of “BEST FILM” at the December 2016 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was awarded the winner of “Best Music” at the festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

The story of the little girl with the Lego, which you have on your site.

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

11 months.

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

Funny pain.

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

Scheduling. Meaning, making sure the right people were available to work on it.

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

Made my fucking day. It’s tons of work making these things, it’s lovely to see people connected to it.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the Short Film:

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

In addition to the Lego story, I was once invited to pitch a half-hour comedy, single camera. I came up with my version of “Faulty Towers” for the Airbnb age. I thought it was pretty funny but was told my idea wasn’t “Mexican enough” —to this day I don’t know what that means. It was the first time I’d really faced discrimination and found it appalling so decided to make a movie that captured —or tried to capture— that feeling.

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

Back to the Future.

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

I shot a new short the day we screened our film with you guys, that’s the only reason I couldn’t attend.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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