Interview with Filmmaker Will Meadows (STAY INSIDE)

STAY INSIDE played to rave reviews at the October 2020 Dance & Music Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

During the initial shutdown, I was scanning social media (as most of us were doing) and came across a couple parodies which inspired me by the positive energy on display during those scary days.

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

From idea to uploading to social media took about 10 weeks. I was working from home full time as well as overseeing my boys online schooling. My wife is a health care worker and there were days where I was solo at home to manage the household and my job leaving little time to play with my idea. 🙂

If I was free of the other obligations, I have no doubt I would have completed the project in three weeks. Instead, I carved an hour here and there to work on the song and shoot the various video elements.

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

Haha …Stay Inside!

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

My biggest obstacle was time management. That is, finding time apart from my other responsibilities to focus on the art.

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

I was proud of my efforts when watching the audience talking about my film. There were a few 12am – 4am time slots used to complete that project so I would say the effort paid off. I was also happy that one person recognized the fact the original song “Stand by Me” is the complete reverse to the parody message.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

As I live in an area with close access to the great outdoors, I was out hiking with my family and the “Stand By Me” song idea popped into my head and I started thinking how the phrase “stay inside” could be substituted in for the chorus (at that time, the general message from everywhere was “stay inside”). I would also say that from the moment I witnessed other parodies popping up on social media, my brain was actively considering ways I could contribute positively in a similar manner.

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

Band of Brothers …To pay tribute to and honour those who served, this is my annual Nov. 11 film (series) to watch.

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

I like FilmFreeway as a vehicle to gain access to a multitude of festival options for submission purposes. However, being new to this aspect of the entertainment industry, the plethora of options is also overwhelming.

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

I have no idea what song I have listened to the most. Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” comes to mind only because a number of singers I enjoy have covered that song (Jeff Buckley, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Pentatonix, K. D. Lang, and Rufus Wainwright to name a few).

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

I am working on a new song and will be looking to create a music video to go with it.

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