Interview with Filmmaker Bebhinn Naughton (EVERY LIMERENCE HELPS)

EVERY LIMERENCE HELPS was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the September 2021 Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Pure creative frustration. After a couple of months being unemployed during the pandemic, I sent a very angry voice message to my dear friend Shannon, for no other purpose than to vent. Not even expecting a response, I couldn’t believe it when she emailed me a script in response and told me to go and make it.

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

From first receiving the script on the 10th of Feb 2021, we spend about a month in prep, filmed intensively across 2 days in March and had our finished product on the 10th of May. 3 months all in all from inception to delivery.

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

unfortunately relatable.

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

Budget. As I mentioned previously, on account of the pandemic I had been out of work and since myself and the co-producer/writer had never made a film before, acquiring funding seemed like an impossible task. Luckily, we had the most amazing team and managed to pull together enough equipment and resources to have it made. It really killed me not to have been able to reward everyone for their hard work but everyone understood that we were working together to make something lovely. I couldn’t be more grateful to them for the trust they put in me but I think I also have the fantastic script to thank for helping with that.

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

I couldn’t help but smile. Apart from some close family and friends, this is the very first time we’ve heard anyone speak about the film as it hasn’t been publicly released yet, so it brought me such joy to see that other people had not only enjoyed it but related to it. There were a lot of elements that we were worried wouldn’t land, but the audience all really seemed to grasp what we were trying to get across. We are all delighted!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I guess when I was in my early teens and made my first stop motion animation for a school project. I reckon I was heavily influenced by my brother though. He’s six years older and as soon as he had his first camera phone, he would be messing around making funny videos and short films with his friends. Funnily enough, he ended up going down a totally different career path but I will always value his critical opinion, even if he does have a very obscure taste in film…

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

Probably Richard Ayoade’s ‘Submarine’. Aside from sort of sharing the female protagonist’s name (Jordana BEVAN) it’s so beautifully made. It really got so many things right from the script to the soundtrack. It can be dark at times but still so endearing and funny. What a wonderful film no matter what mood you’re in.

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

It’s incredibly helpful to have all the festival information in one place. Every festival has different rules and guidelines and as a first time filmmaker, it took a lot of the pressure out to be able to use FilmFreeway.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Honestly anything washed down with a pint of Guinness.

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

I’m planning a move to London at the end of 2021 to start another VFX job. I would absolutely love to be a part of some small productions or passion projects while I’m there. Seeing the audience reaction to Every Limerence Helps has definitely re-ignited the buzz for me to do this all again sometime soon. Stay tuned!

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