Interview with Filmmaker Sara Caldwell (GLITCH)

GLITCH was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the October 2021 HORROR Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Covid was the primary motivator – to still be able to make something during the shutdown, even if it meant working on a very tiny scale.

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

This project happened very quickly. Once the script was set, we auditioned over zoom and spent 1 day in physical production, while green screen and computer screen shots were captured separately. VFX probably took the longest time. It was probably two months from the initial concept to the final product, most of it in pre-production.

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

Careful downloading!

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

Since this was made at the height of the pandemic when vaccines weren’t available (August 2020), we had a lot of hoops to jump through to make it work with SAG, including hiring a Covid compliance officer for safety.

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

We were thrilled that our very small but talented cast and crew were recognized for their efforts, especially given the challenges of filmmaking during Covid.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I’m too old to answer that question… eons ago.

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

That’s a tough one. But probably Rosemary’s Baby.

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

You seem to be doing a terrific job already.

9. What is your favorite meal?


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

I’m working on a stop-motion project set in the 1850s called The Ghost Under My Bed.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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