Interview with Filmmaker Casper Paaske (EXIT AT ENTRANCE)

EXIT AT ENTRANCE was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the COMEDY Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I’ve always wanted to make films. One day, I hope to make a career out of it. But I also knew I had to start someplace small. For my first film, I knew it would have to be small time, with one location and two actors, and I wanted the film to be under 5 minutes. These were the restrictions I knew, that I had. Then it all came down to plot. Because of my limitations, I knew I would have to rely on dialogue to carry the plot. But I also wanted to create a reaction from the audience. So I knew the film would have to have some form of controversy in it. Something dark. That was how, I was going to grab people’s attention in under 5 minutes.
Then one day, I was discussing the subject of abortion with one of friends. We were discussing whether an abortion was murder, actually. Then afterwards, I started thinking more about it. And the subject of how much “power” a parent actually has over their child, is also a subject that’s fascinated me for pretty much all my life. And then the plot came to me pretty straight forward. I had my film!
Overall, I’ve always liked to challenge people’s view on things. Most of the times, things aren’t very straight and narrow for me, so I’m always surprised when it is for other people. And therefore, I like to challenge them.

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

Oh, too long, actually. The idea and script was written all the way back in november 2019. Then we were ready to shoot in march of 2020. but just days before we could shoot, Covid lockdown started in Denmark. So the project came on ice until june. And then editing took some time. The film was finished in november 2020. So about a year.

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

Killing Children.

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

Actually Covid. or at least that was the most frustrating. But the actual biggest obstacle was finding actors. Mostly just because we were pretty new at it, and didn’t know where to ask. Now after the project, I have a lot of actor friends, all ready on my contact list.

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

Really moving. At first I didn’t believe it. People were actually praising our film! I’ve been very hesitant about showing it to my close friends, and here were a bunch of people from across the world, praising our film! It was unbelievable. Almost brought a tear to my eyes. I wanted to lock myself in from pure joy. But then it hit me, hard time, that I had to share this with everyone. And especially the crew and cast. They had to experience the same thing, I just did. It was unbelievable, and surreal!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

From a very young age. I’ve always been fond of movies, but it wasn’t until I played a video game called Uncharted, that I became sure that I had to make movies. That game is so cinematic and I loved that! I had to see where they’ve gotten it from. And when I started digging into filmmaking, I knew that I had found the right path for me. I must have been around 10, when I played that game.

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

Not sure. The real answer is probably some kids’ films, because my family used to watch a lot of movies together. I specifically remember one evening, where we watched The Spiderwick Chronicles on repeat. I don’t even really like that film. But for the sake of this question, let’s say Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. I think that is such a huge and smart film. It’s even better than the film it’s based upon. Everytime I watch that film, I see something new. That’s the kind of film I want to make one day! A film with that level of detail and layers.

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

It’s great. It’s so easy to surf through and see what kind of festivals you want to submit to. Plus, it’s easy to submit as well. great tool!

9. What is your favorite meal?

Favorite meal? You’ve ever heard of Medister? Apparently, it’s a Scandinavian exclusive sausage dish, which I just learned just now searching the dish on Wikipedia.

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

Hopefully, many films! I’m waiting for the world to open a bit more up, after covid lockdowns, but then I’m at it. I’m thinking bigger projects. Now I’ve tried a very lowkey production, so I’m ready for something bigger. And then something bigger after that. Who knows, maybe some payment might be involved as well, at one point. One can only dream.

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