Interview with Filmmaker Jose Alberto Orive (BELLY UP)

BELLY UP was awarded BEST PERFORMANCES at the April 2021 Under 5 Minute Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The idea that you can only truly grieve for those you were close to is very captivating to me. When I first read Catherine’s script, that’s what jumped out at me.

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

About two years I’d say. From when I found the script to when we shot it was about a year due more to timing than anything else. After principal photography, we had a few pickups to reshoot and postproduction turned quite long.

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

Innocent and bubbly.

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

Casting Jamie, the older brother, turned to be quite a challenge. We went through several casting calls and I ended up casting my close friend Jake, who I think contrasted Ducati’s work beautifully.

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

It definitely made my day, it’s always fascinating to hear how people’s interpretations of the film differ from my own. I was definitely expecting more criticism.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I was 16 years old and had just moved from Guatemala to London. I was at a filmmaking summer camp, the people there made me realize that I must chase this dragon no matter the risk.

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

Probably “Toy Story 2,” if you combine my childhood and how much I’ve babysat my younger cousins.

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

I think it’s very streamlined and detailed.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Tough question… Spicy Pork Ramen, at the moment.

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

I’m ramping up pre-production for my next short as we speak. This one is more of an ensemble piece with notes of drama and comedy. It’s also 90% in Spanish which I’m very excited about. Stay tuned.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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