Interview with Filmmaker/Musician Wendy Lenhart (6 FEET CLOSER TO YOU)

6 FEET CLOSER TO YOU was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the August 2020 Comedy Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Wendy Lenhart: Our bass player, Ryan, had the idea for the song and wrote it. Once he shared it with all of us, we knew we needed to record it and turn it into a music video because this is a song that people would really relate to.

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

Ryan wrote the song over a few days. It took us a couple of weeks to figure out how to record it together remotely. During that time we were talking about the video, but to actually make the video we recorded it all in a 40 minute Zoom call. We did two takes and the call literally ended the second we finished our last take. The timing was amazing.

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

Quarantine Love

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

Probably recording the music. We all had a lot of technical difficulties. I ended up having to sing the song entirely in my closet to block out all of the ambient noises. I live on a busy street in South Philadelphia and when something like a garbage truck goes by, you know it!

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

Oh I was so nervous! I didn’t want to watch- I already don’t like watching myself on screen! But all the feedback was so great and so positive that I’ve shared it a lot since the initial show. And people’s reactions were exactly what we were going for and that’s really satisfying- especially right now.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

We had a lot of different ideas for what the video would look like. Performing in PPE. Shooting a more literal version of the song. Stitch together a lot of people dancing. I think all of those ideas were great, but at the end of the day we felt that the video had to be relatable the way the song was relatable. And what’s more relatable than a Zoom call right now?

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

Oh that’s a good question. I’m not sure, I want to say it probably has Muppets in it. Maybe Muppets Take Manhattan?

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

It was very easy. It’s a great set-up. We may be a little atypical as far as users go because we are submitting sketch comedy music videos.

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

It would definitely be a song by the Beatles. I listened to the White Album a lot during Junior High, but I think I’ve lapped it now with the megasong on the second side of Abbey Road.

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

Right now we’re trying to figure out the logistics for doing a virtual concert in the next few months. We just started practicing outdoors in person, but I need to buy a canopy for my backyard in case it rains. We’re also working on recording some more songs and maybe putting together our second album.

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