Interview with Filmmaker Barbara E. Guertin (LOVE IN TRANSIT)

LOVE IN TRANSIT was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the October 2021 Under 5 Minute Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Being a part of the LGBT+ community, I really connect to and value representation, and I appreciate when projects celebrate people from all walks of life. This is a huge part of how I decided on the story for my student film! The most important thing about my story is that it could be about anybody, but it’s not. This story is about lesbians, it’s about women of colour, it’s about women with different body types; and the reason those details are important is that they AREN’T important. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but there are so many stories about minorities that are about their struggles as minorities, but not nearly enough just about them as people. I want to erase the idea that straight, white, cis, able-bodied, and neuro-typical is the default, and I tried to make my film reflect that.

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

The Course I took was a one year intensive program, and we spent about half of it developing our films.

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

Gay / cute

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

Exhaustion. My class was the first at Vancouver film school to be entirely online due to the pandemic. I live with my parents and my workspace was confined to my dark bedroom in the basement; so a mixture of no natural light, isolation, constant screen time, lack of sleep, and dealing with my type 1 diabetes made the production of this film feel impossible at times.

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

I’ve never smiled harder! It makes me so happy to see others enjoy my film, and get something out of it. Everyone was so kind and they’re reactions to my film made the long hours worth it.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I actually wanted to be a stage actor for a long time, but I wasn’t fully sure. Then I went to the “science of pixar” exhibit at Science world, and watched a video that claimed that “animators are the best actors”, and I was sold. I immediately started getting a portfolio together, got accepted into VFS, and here I am!

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

Either Newsies or Hello Dolly! I’m a sucker for musicals.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

So far all of my festival experiences have been lovely! I can’t really think of anything I would change.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Easy. Paella. Hands down.

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

I was actually employed at Yeti Farms Creative immediately upon graduating! No doubt thanks to my little film! I am mostly doing small personal projects to hone my skills, but I have a few ideas bouncing around that I’d love to make a reality.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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