Interview with director Jeremy Borison (A SENSE OF SOUND)

Jeremy Borison’s short film “SENSE OF SOUND” played at the first ever LA FEEDBACK Film Festival in 2016.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jeremy Borison: “Sense of Sound” was inspired by a footnote in Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia. I was doing research on music related psychological phenomenons, and was reading about a man in Sacks’ book who was struck by lightening and developed a condition of musical hallucinations. I had known about this condition already, but what struck me as so interesting about the story was how far the man went to figure out the music in his head, to the point where his wife left him. That tension, between family and passion, and between psychological and physical health, is what motivated me to write “Sense of Sound.”

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

JB: I began doing research for the project at the start of 2014, and finished the final mix with our original music composition at the end of 2015.

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

JB: Audio-Visual.

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

JB: Our budget. Excluding our lighting and camera equipment, we had a budget of only $3,500. That meant many people contributing to the project for free as cast and crew, it meant finding locations for free, getting catering from restaurants for free, and on and on. This project only came together because so many people were willing to put personal time and effort into making it succeed.

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

JB: I always find it interesting to see how other people interpret the projects I make. There were a few opinions about the meaning of the film that I had never considered when putting it together, which only goes to show the power of the medium in reaching every individual differently. Once the film is out of my hands, it becomes something entirely unique to whoever is watching.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:

 

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

JB: Probably a tie between “Adaptation” (Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze) and “Inception” (Christopher Nolan)

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

JB: Next on the slate is a new short film. While I would love to move onto a feature or something larger, there are definitely some more shorter projects in store first.

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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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