Interview with Filmmaker Haddon Kime (LAG: A ZOOMSICAL COMEDY)

LAG: A ZOOMSICAL COMEDY played to rave reviews at the October 2020 Dance & Music Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

In March 2020 our lives began to lag. We, as musical theatre makers, lost our live audience. More than ever before, we Zoomed, encountering friends and colleagues from a safe social distance. It didn’t take long to realize that the potential was still here to make art, so we did.

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

5 weeks.

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

Zoomsical Comedy

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

The audio lag of the Zoom connection.

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

The feeling that you’re not alone in the universe tinkering on your art and the deep appreciation of the people who were giving feedback.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

The Artistic Director of the theatre company I work at asked me to come up with an idea for a musical comedy set during COVID. The idea that it should be a meditation and self help support group that has recently been pushed onto Zoom from an in person class, came to me, pretty fully formed about 30 seconds later.

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

The Big Lebowski

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

It makes it much easier to know what possibilities are out there. Like a Grand Central Station for indie films.

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

My first favorite song when I was a kid was “The Rainbow Connection” so it’s probably the one with the most listens at this point.

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

A new zoomsical and a few new film scores in the works. Also, a rewrite and update to my Star Wars stage musical “Wicket”

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