Ian Schiller’s short film KONG’S played to rave reviews at the April 2017 Horror/Thriller Film Festival. It was an honor catching up with the very talented filmmaker.
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
Ian Schiller: I work in film but mostly documentary sports and commercials. I want to broaden my story telling ability. Kong’s, the market you see in the film is a block from my house. I had been thinking about a short film for a while and the story sort of presented itself walking into Kong’s one day for some beer. I guess the motivation in summary was to challenge myself to develop a short soup to nuts.
From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take
for you to make this short?
Script started maybe mid February 2016
Script finalized in April of 2016
Shot May 2016
Post completed August 2016
About Six months.
How would you describe your short film in two words!?
What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this
My own self doubt. And an actor who I had to fire for showing up a day prior to filming drunk.
What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto
audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Initial reactions to the feedback – I like how the audience fills in some of the backstory. The criticism is great as well. The last comment, doesn’t feel like an independent film but something larger is what I was going for. So, overall, I’m happy and grateful for the comments.
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the short film:
How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
We set a world/box to play in. I wanted to lead the audience with breadcrumbs. Kong’s per my mention above is close to my house. The art direction was already there for a seedy noir-ish story. The idea sort of presented itself.
What film have you seen the most in your life?
Big Trouble in Little China
What song have you listened to the most times in your life?
Something either by the Horrors, The Kills, or the Eagles of Death Metal
What is next for you? A new film?
After financially recovering from Kong’s, I’d like to pursue either a feature length script idea of mine or a television show. More soon hopefully.
Thanks everyone coming out to watch the films and comment. Much
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.