Interview with Filmmaker Jeffrey Morreale (SCAVENGER)

SCAVENGER played to rave reviews at the October 2021 FANTASY/SCI-FI Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

After living and working in LA for 15 years as an Editor in the sports world, I wanted to get back to what brought me out here in the first place…the dream of Directing feature films. During the pandemic I saw that the company “Moment” was holding their annual short film festival, where everything had to be filmed on a cell phone and I decided that this was a perfect opportunity to jump back into what I love doing.

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

We made the film, start to finish in 2 weeks! This included pre-production (with lots of 3D printing and shopping on Amazon) filming 8 hours from our home and then post production.

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

Relentless Fun

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

Fear…there were many times that I almost pulled the plug on the whole thing because I was so scared that I would mess it up or that people would hate it. That fear didn’t subside until after calling cut on the first take.

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

I was honestly extremely hesitant to click the link. What if everyone disliked it? What if they didn’t find it funny or were confused? Feedback is super important, good or bad, but did I really want to have my day ruined? Then I nervously clicked the link and couldn’t have been more blown away by the reactions. Having your film compared to and discussed in the same sentence as films that have been inspiring you your whole life…I couldn’t have been more happy and I’ve been smiling all day.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I have been a film lover my entire life, but I can always call two magical moments that really put me on this path. The first was in 1993 when I saw Jurassic Park and became obsessed with how dinosaurs were brought back to life. I looked for every behind the scenes magazine, book, or video I could find and still could not believe it was possible. The 2nd was, yet another Steven Spielberg film, Saving Private Ryan. 14 years old and sitting in a theater watching the audience cry, cringe, cover their eyes, and gasp…that was the moment it really clicked for me how impactful a couple hours in a theater can be and knew I wanted to give people the same sort of experience.

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

Probably Jurassic Park, it’s definitely the one I have seen the most in theaters. Star Wars would definitely be a close 2nd.

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

I really enjoy how simple and easy FilmFreeway is! You just have to keep an eye out for those shady festivals haha.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Every Christmas my Aunt makes Spiedini all Siciliana and its the only time I ever get to eat it. Pairing those with some IMO’s Pizza (a St. Louis specialty) and it’s my favorite meal I look forward to all year!

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

I made the 3 minute short to test the waters and now I’m ready to jump right in. Next up will definitely be something closer to 15 minutes and won’t be just shot on a cell phone haha. I want something more substantial to really highlight what I can do, so I can hopefully move closer to my ultimate goal of Directing a feature or TV show!

By matthewtoffolo

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

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