Interview with Filmmaker Patricia McCormack (MYRTLE)

MYRTLE was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the October 2021 WILDsound Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Myrtle is an adaptation of a play, the premise had struck me as having great dramatic potential, so I asked Megan Barker if she would be game to develop the story together and make a short film.

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

Around 2 and a half years. I suppose as this was my first film (and I haven’t been to film school), each phase took longer as I learnt the stages of putting a film together as I went.

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

Dark, dramatic.

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

Not having a Producer till 1 week before the shoot, I was pulling everything together with no idea how I was going to complete the project, then Shaheen Schleifer agreed to come on board and Produce and she carried the project forward from that point.

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

I was so delighted by the depth of response, how enthusiastic people were and the fact that some said the film stayed with them.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I decided I wanted to make films or at least try to make a film about 3 years ago. This is my Directorial debut.

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

Probably Meet Me In St Louis, I was obsessed by that film when I was little.

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

I think this Festival has been great but when it is a virtual experience I suppose the opportunity to network with other filmmakers would be nice.

9. What is your favorite meal?

That really depends what day it is but I’ll say Roast Chicken.

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

Yes I have several projects on the go but my next short is a dark family drama, set around one day again, and we’ll be filming that early next year.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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