Interview with Filmmaker Anthony Martino (BRUISES)

BRUISES played to rave reviews at the April 2021 HORROR Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

There are so many horrors in real-life that aren’t a guy in a mask slashing through teenagers or possessed dolls. Domestic abuse is a true horror. I wanted to look at abuse from the perspective of the victim, her mentality, how she sees everything.

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

About five months. It was written over the course of two weeks, with two drafts. One day of shooting, then about three months of post work.

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

Stress-inducing.

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

Color correction. I am not even going to pretend like I know anything about it.

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

I was nervous before watching the video, shaking and short of breath. I played the video, then switched to a different tab and listened to it. I always have this shyness when showing people my work, and It’s silly because it’s not like I was with the audience in-person, I was watching a video of them talking about it, but it’s just how I am. I was pleased to hear the positive comments.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I like how mirrors are used in films, especially in horror movies, and the image of a woman standing in front of a mirror with a bruise on her face was strong in my mind. I wanted there to be some dream or supernatural element in there, so it was a matter of combining all those aspects into a story that made some kind of sense.

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

Either Revenge of the Sith or A New Hope.

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

It’s extremely convenient. All of these festivals I never would have known about at my fingertips. Everyone knows Cannes and Sundance, but I never would have found festivals like this or other genre-specific festivals that are more friendly towards indie filmmakers and indie filmmaker budgets.

9. What is your favorite meal?

I became addicted to fried egg BLTs with fries while I worked at Alamo Drafthouse, and I have missed them since Covid eradicated my livelihood.

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

I am in the process of editing two short horror films for St. Edwards’ University, and I am touching up the script for another surreal horror short I want to try to make within the next few months. After that, I would love to try to gather funding for a feature film. I have a few ideas, I just need to choose which one to flesh out into a full-length screenplay. Horror, of course.

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