Interview with Filmmaker Harvey Puttock (LIFE’S A SHOW)

LIFE’S A SHOW was the winner of BEST FILM at the October 2021 COMEDY Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I thought it would be an interesting exercise to try and make a short film safely during the pandemic. It was inspired by the reactions people were having on social media, early on in the first lockdown it seemed like everyone was going live on Instagram and showing their everyday lives. I started to wonder how a self involved actor might get the attention they need after having their play cancelled.

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

I first wrote the outline of the film on a note on my phone whilst commuting in October 2020, and we locked the edit in May 2021 so it took approximately six months to complete.

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

Self-involved silliness.

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

A global pandemic! Obviously this film was inspired by it in some ways, and it was always intended to be made in a way that reflected this. However it still caused problems, our one in person shoot day was almost delayed when the Covid Tier system was introduced by the UK government, but we managed to squeeze it in two days before the law became in effect.

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

The film has played at a lot of online festivals but it’s yet to have an in-person screening that I could attend meaning it’s been difficult to hear other people’s opinion on it. To hear the audience’s brilliant positive feedback has been great, especially to see that they understood it. I didn’t even have to pay a director to get these reactions from them, unlike the protagonist in the film!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I’ve enjoyed making up stories for as long as I can remember and have always been an avid film watcher. When I realised I could put these two things together it seemed like a no-brainer!

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

The Muppet’s Christmas Carol because it’s on every year at Christmas

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

Filmfreeway is a great platform to help filmmakers get their work out there. It’s simple to use and since Withoutabox is now gone it doesn’t really have any competition!

9. What is your favorite meal?

Medium-rare steak and chips.

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

I’m currently working on a script for another comedy short that’s set at a party. It’s completely different in terms of style and tone – and one things for sure it will have no videocalls!

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