Interview with Filmmaker JP Snell (FREE)

FREE played to rave reviews at the November 2020 Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I wanted to make something fun and funny that could be accepted on an International platform. Plus, I wanted to show a strong female lead as a role model for my daughter and honoring my mother, wife, and the other strong women in my life.

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

Three years.

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

Quaintly Entertaining.

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

Language. Our crew and talent had representation from 5 countries.

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

I cried.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I started with an ethos of ‘Shorter is Better’, and in 2016 (we were living in Amman, Jordan), I felt like it was the Year of The Woman… then there was an election, and I put that idea away. Two years later (we were living in Finland), a foreign diplomate with a history of misogynistic statements and actions came to visit, and that spark of an idea became a flame.

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

The Princess Bride

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

I love it. I’m old enough to remember a different boxless festival submission platform that was not nearly as responsive to filmmakers.

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

Redemption Song – Bob Marley

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

I’m writing, producing, and directing commercials for small businesses, and I have 3 short projects in mind, a comedy, a drama, and a documentary. Not sure which one will break thru and make it to the page, set, and screen.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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