Interview with Filmmaker Sam Luna (MEMORIES OF GREEN)

MEMORIES OF GREEN played to rave reviews at the September 2021 DRAMA Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

“Memories Of Green” was really motivated by the deep seeded issues I had with my father growing up. I wanted to make a film to sort of cope with trauma if you will. So it’s almost like a love letter to all sons who wanted to be closer to their Dad. I know my grandfather was the same way to my father, so it also becomes a perpetual cycle from generation to generation. We also shot it on the golf course that my father grew up on, playing with our grandfather. So that was very special to us.

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

From start to finish it took about 6 months from it’s conception to fruition. We had planned out every single shot and had made a map of how to most efficiently shoot from section to section to maximize golden hour light. It took about 6 days of shooting.

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

Generational disconnection.

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

The biggest obstacle was figuring out the music I’d say, working side by side with the composer to get cues right, cuts synced, mood or tone of song. It was difficult to go back and forth to figure that out.

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

My initial reaction was “woah these people actually watched it”! I think at least from the feedback video people really understood what we were going for. As one viewer said it’s circular, it starts with a sunrise and ends with a sunset. Much like life itself.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I started making music videos in 2017 and really had no idea what I was doing. I’ve always loved movies and had two brothers who went to film school, so I pretty much learned everything from them. I realized I really wanted to make films at the start of the pandemic, when there was nothing else to really do. I felt like I was capable, now that I had made so many small videos and worked on production sets. I had a better idea of the overall world and art form.

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

The film I’ve seen the most in my life is either “The Mighty Ducks 2 – D2” or “Home Alone” and that is the absolute truth.

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

I think the platform is great because it gives more people a chance to get their work out there. There’s always pros and cons. Things may be a bit more saturated but in the end, it’s better that film is becoming more accessible and affordable to the working class if you will.

9. What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is Korean BBQ!

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

Our next film is entitled “Destiny”, it’s actually complete. We’ve sent it out to Sundance so far, so fingers crossed. It’s a fictional PSA style, where there is 3 characters talking into camera, from 3 different classes. It was a blast to make and it’s something that we’re very proud of.

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