Interview with Filmmaker Liam Petite (FIVE POUNDS OF PRESSURE)

FIVE POUNDS OF PRESSURE was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the December 2021 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

When deciding to go after this film over other ideas me and my team had brewing, we really wanted to make the most effective/efficient film we could. Break a film down to the bare minimum and rely purely on the art of storytelling, tension, suspense and performance.

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

It took us just over a year to complete this film from beginning to end, prospering through the blindside of this global pandemic

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

Replay Value

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

The greatest obstacle we faced was the pandemic, as I am sure a lot of people answered this question. We had a couple month delay before we could get cast and crew together for the last day of production. Also, pandemic delayed post-production for a couple months.

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

It is so gratifying to hear that the reactions were so parallel with what we intended to bring out with this film.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

I was in love with film since I was a guest on the set of Dead Man’s Gun at a young age. Always had the passion but it was not until my early 20’s I started to believe I could make it happen

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

Se7en and Pulp Fiction are probably the two movies I can watch over and over again.

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 it is amazing you are offering a podcast interview, as I have had articles and interviews that have been cut own to 25% of the discussion, I love podcasts for usually putting out the raw unedited full conversation.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

Filmfreeway is incredibly user friendly and I recommend it to any filmmaker looking to break into the festival circuit.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Durward Kirby Burger (bloody) and a Five Dollar shake (Martin and Lewis)

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

Five Pounds is currently being readapted to its original state. A 90 minute feature length script.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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