Interview with Filmmaker Olyvia Okochi (HOW TO MURDER YOUR HUSBAND)

HOW TO MURDER YOUR HUSBAND played to rave reviews at the October 2021 STUDENT Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I came across old archived 1950’s housewife tutorials and I was fascinated by the facade the characters presented so I wanted to do a startical take with a twist.

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

I was a part of a film course where we had three weeks to make a short film. The first week I did pre production, writing, casting, and planning. The second week each student had a day to film so I only had 5 hours to shoot my film. Also that week we all took part in working as a part of the crew on each other’s films. For the third week, I spent my time editing, gathering 1950’s period music, and hiring a voice actor online.

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

Murderously Unique

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

I faced the conflict of limited time to shoot my film. One of the ways I overcame this was to have the actress arrive early to go over blocking before the crew arrived. The limited time forced me to make on the spot decisions, cutting scenes or shots to save more time, but all the while still creating a flowing narrative.

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

It was such a surreal experience and I appreciated the commentators’ thoughts, especially when they noticed some of the details I put time and effort into.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

My passion for storytelling has always been prevalent in my life. Since elementary school there has been a joke within my family about how I would cast my little brother to star in my homemade films. When I was in sixth grade I made my first short film, a public service announcement about homeless children in America and entered my film into the Montclair film festival. Out of over a thousand entries I won two grand prizes for best Narrative and Social Impact. This boosted my confidence as a filmmaker and encouraged me to continue making films

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

My Neighbor Totoro

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

The Feedback Festival has been a pleasure to be a part of! I love how there are many opportunities for me to further discuss my film.

9. What is your favorite meal?

I have recently gotten into poke bowls. My order is hamachi and tuna sashimi with rice, edamame, tempura flakes, and seaweed salad.

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

Currently, I am applying for film school and I am the Co-President of my school’s film club. I hope to make a film with the club and I already have personal projects in the works.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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