Interview with Filmmaker Ben Lovejoy (THE DECISIVE MOMENT)

THE DECISIVE MOMENT was the winner of BEST 1 MINUTE MOVIE at the Under 5 Minute Film Festival in April 2021.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The long answer would be … long! The short answer is I’m a photographer making the transition to video, and in researching kit I happened across micro-short films, and fell instantly in love with the format. I particularly liked the challenge of a 1-minute film. I knew I had to make one myself, but really struggled to think of an idea that was both practical within 60 seconds, and hadn’t been done before. A few days later, I realised that failing to think of an idea was the idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Three days to come up with the idea. Roughly 6-8 hours to plan the shots. 5 hours to film. About 6 hours to edit. 4-5 hours to do the sound design.

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

Very accurate!

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

After thinking of the idea, figuring out how to edit it down to a minute! The first cut was 1m 37s, and I had Absolutely No Idea how I could possibly get it down to one minute. I discovered that cutting everything back to its absolute essence was the secret. For example, I didn’t need her drumming her fingers on the desk three times (the original shot), once was enough. Taking that super-disciplined approach got it down to 1m 6s, and from there it was just trimming three frames here, four frames there.

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

I was thrilled! I was luck enough to notch up wins at five other festivals, but none meant as much to me as hearing these delightfully kind and thoughtful comments.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

About three days before I made this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Oh, that’s a good question! Probably It’s a Wonderful Life, which I tend to watch every year.

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

It’s super-easy!

9. What is your favorite meal?

Too many to choose from! Thai, French, Cambodian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean …

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

Yes, a 2.5-minute film called Answers. We did the shoot on Friday, and I’ve almost completed the edit and sound design. I want one extra shot to break up two face close-ups, so I’ll shoot that within the next few days. After that, a friend is kindly doing the color grading for me, so hope to have the whole thing complete within a couple of weeks. I’m already planning my third film; I have the concept, and will start writing it within the next few days.

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