THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the June 2021 TV Web Series Festival.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
I had wanted to direct for a long time after working as an actor for many years, but felt that I had to write something myself in order to direct for the first time (instead of potentially messing up someone else’s project!). I wanted to make something lighthearted and fun and still progressive in that the leads are from underrepresented groups (particularly in romantic comedy). When I became seriously injured for months, I saw it as an opportunity to finally write something and within 2 months we were shooting it!!
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
It took about 8 months from when I wrote my first word to when I finished all the editing/sound mixing/syncing. It took 2 weeks to write all 6 episodes, 2 weeks to do rewrites, 1 month of pre-production, 6 days of shooting, and then 6 long months of post. It was all pretty challenging to do during the pandemic but people were generous with their time, especially since people were doing it pro bono in their spare time.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Trying to edit and work the sound mix in a socially distanced manner.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Delight! I was just so pleased that they saw what I was hoping they would see, and that they seemed to feel good after watching it, which was the whole point!
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
When as an actor I couldn’t stop thinking about everyone else’s performances and the shots and the writing and wanted to know what all the crew were doing all the time.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Tampopo by Itami Juzo. Close second would be Contact starring Jodi Foster
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are your feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
It was very convenient, I wouldn’t have known about this festival otherwise.
9. What is your favorite meal?
This is a hard one. It changes from day to day, season to season. My favorite meal is one made with seasonal, maybe ever foraged, goodies.
10. What is next for you? A new film?
I’m still working as an actor (currently on The Handmaid’s Tale), but I do have several scripts on the go. Hopefully the next one will be a true film (short or feature) and not a web series — because it seems to be easier to promote lol.