Interview with Filmmaker Nick Fiorella (Numerus Duo)

“Numerus Duo” was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the October 2020 HORROR Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I attended the Telluride Horror Film Festival 2 years ago and watched a really fun block of gross-out horror films. The audience reaction was so much fun. I had the idea for Numerus Duo for a while. It made me think this poop satire on the Exorcist could really work. So, I wrote the script.

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

I wrote the script in January/February of 2019. We had about 3 to 4 months of preproduction. That church location was an awesome milestone; storyboards, costumes, rehearsals, equipment-rental, props, poop-launcher, etc. We shot it in three days. June 7th, 8th, 9th. Unfortunately, the special effects took about 6 to 7 months. There wasn’t really a budget for VFX. Dustin (Director of Photography) helped me put the exterior shots together, but I did the rest myself. We both work 9 to 5 schedules producing video content. I do enjoy doing VFX, but it was so many hours of work. In January 2020, we started sending Numerus Duo to film festivals.

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

Holy Shit!

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

There were many obstacles along the way, but the shoot is what I am most proud of. Which of course was a huge team effort. But, for myself as a director, that was the biggest shoot I have managed so far. The first day in the church included about 40 or more people. There were a lot of moving parts throughout the shoot with all the practical and visual effects shots. Also, the money we were spending on the equipment rental for the weekend made time-management very important. I learned so much from directing this shoot and it was a great experience.

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

I was incredibly pleased. And, thank you again for putting that together. Myself and the crew really love it. The comments in the video confirm that the moments we all worked hard to achieve, worked. It was very important to me on set that the actors take the moments really serious; for humor’s sake. Very pleased to hear the comments on that and the title choice working. I loved all the other comments as well. Such a fun video.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

When Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino came out with Grindhouse and the fake horror movie trailers, I thought of one were a girl poops her brains out, titled ‘SHIT’. Then later added the possession element to give the crazy pooping sequence some story. This satirical approach to a theatrical possession film felt really fresh to me. So, it really made sense to push those jokes as much as we could.

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

A tie between ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’.

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

It seems to have all the functionality I need as a filmmaker. I think they did a great job with the user experience. I do think, in these Socially Distant times, maybe a community experience on the platform could be a good next step. For filmmakers and film festivals. But, no complaints here. It’s very user friendly.

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

“Here Come the Sun” by George Harrison.

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

I am working on a fresh take to a bank robbery short film. I am always very excited about creating an audience experience. And, the objective in this new short film is suspense, adrenaline and anxiety. Really looking forward to planning the shoot for this one. I am currently developing the script. Planning to shoot mid to late next summer.

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