Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Ferreras (LESSON #10)

LESSON #10 was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the Under 5 Minute Film Festival in July 2019.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Alberto Ferreras: “Lesson #10” is a comedy about shifting morals. We are living in a world where we are more likely to trust someone who admits to be a sinner, than someone who pretends to be a saint.

The film is meant to challenge our perception of trust and hypocrisy.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

The short was written in a couple of days. We had a two hour rehearsal, and we shot it in four hours. It was edited in about two days.
from beginning to end, you could say that we spent 4 days working on the short. All the shorts of my “Lessons” series follow the same protocol.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Very honest.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The biggest obstacle is always climbing the three flights of stairs to my studio with the equipment.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I loved the reaction of the audience, and how they acknowledge the great performances of my actors. I believe that good acting starts with a good script, and a an actor who understands it.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

My dermatologist—a lovely older lady—usually asks patients about drug use with the same tone and pace as the actress in the movie. For years I’ve been trying to squeeze it into something… and voilá!

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

All that Jazz.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It’s a trillion times better than the dreadful Withoutabox.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Tough question. Maybe “The Ballad of the Sad Young Man” performed by Rickie Lee Jones.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Yes, I have “Lesson #9” in the can and ready for submission. “The Lessons” is an ongoing project.

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