WHERE DO I GO? was voted BEST FILM at the October 2021 MUSIC Film Festival.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
We all have some form of a “coming-of-age” story that still holds true to who we are to this day, and that subject itself was one of my motivations to make this film. Initially, Tapestry Opera invited me to perform improvised music to accompany a dancer, and they gave me the freedom to pursue the filming/production which ever way I wanted. Since the music that I compose is heavily influenced by our humanism with the need to explore our journeys mentally, physically and emotionally, I wanted to take the opportunity to do something more than just a pre-recorded performance. With the tremendous help from Michael Mori, his fabulous ability for storytelling and direction truly helped in bringing it to life!
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
It took us about a month and a half.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
For me, I personally found that things flowed fairly smoothly with this film; almost as if it was truly meant to be! The story, the heart of my vision was brought to life with the incredible help and insight from every single member of the team. Even with some changes that were made over time, we were able to make those accommodations to put everything together.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I was honestly overwhelmed with delight! I was so elated (and still am) by the way they described how the film made them feel!
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I have always been a major fan of film scores and soundtracks. The way music can heighten the viewers experience has been something that I thoroughly enjoy. When I was given the opportunity to accompany silent films for the first time (both semi and entirely improvised) back in 2019, it got the ball rolling for me and I discovered my niche in creating music for short films be it experimental or traditional.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
I can’t detail just one, however, there are three films that I have seen the most which inspired me in the first place: Prince of Egypt and Hercules (Disney’s animated version) primarily for their soundtracks, and Pan’s Labyrinth for the story arch and unapologetic fantastical world.
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are your feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
The team at Tapestry Opera submitted via FilmFreeway’s online platform, however I think that it is very helpful that there is an accessible platform available for submissions!
9. What is your favorite meal?
10. What is next for you? A new film?
I have a few pre-recorded shows/concerts coming up, currently in the process of co-writing the music for a mini tv series as well as a sound art exhibit in the works for a contemporary art museum.