Interview with Filmmaker Larissa Pruett (BED-HEADLINES)

BED-HEADLINES played to rave reviews at the April 2020 Female Feedback Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

My roommate, Bianca motivated me to make this film. She may have found herself in many a mornings in which she’s caught up in her mind and news and thoughts and news and it all comes crashing down at about 2 p.m.

That and another film contest where the opening line of dialogue was ‘try hard, none of it matters’ and Bianca and I always try to apply to these contests because they push us to complete a film in a short amount of time.

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

I believe about 2/3 weeks.

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

Bad News

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

Deadlines. Always the deadlines. And Color correction. Something I decided to try and learn on THAT project alone with a deadline in the middle of the night with glazed over eyes.

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

Nervous. My stomach clenched to brace the impact of maybe some notes on my shortcomings of this film. Maybe people wouldn’t like the silly tag on I put in last minute because we were laughing so hard on set with the idea of it. Maybe people wouldn’t like my slow burn beginning. The not so consistent color correction etc. However once I felt people enjoying it it made me cry with relief of what work my team put in it and just joy of receiving some good news (since it’s been a while to read/see any)

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I’ve enjoyed using some classical songs to edit to recently I just did a short film ‘moonlight sonata big deal’ where couples fight over very mundane shit. I had so much fun I looked up some of my favorite classical songs and daydreamed as I listened. I saw a girl reading too much news for the 4 seasons and remembered taking to Bianca about how she should maybe stop reading so much news and put the two together.

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

Young Frankenstein

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

I love film freeway, it’s my favorite platform for submitting films. It asks and gives everything you need, tells you what festivals you’ve submitted to and makes you write/do all the small things we forget like log lines, bios and movie posters.

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

Love on the brain, Rihanna

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

I’m working on a series where I have a male actor (Grayson Low) read very seriously my overly dramatic diary entries I wrote when I was 11 years old. These have been a BLAST to shoot and edit. They are simple, fun and hilarious to me. I also like to give my 11 year old self some writing credit finally. She worked so hard on those ridiculous diary entries.

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