Interview with Filmmaker Joe Bor (CLOWN)

CLOWN was the winner of BEST FILM at the January 2022 COMEDY Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Seann sent me the script. I thought it would make a great short film. It was a script that was very simple, cinematic, funny and packed full of emotion. I also know that Seann is a great performer and would be great in it.

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

We shot it in a day. As it’s only two shots it was a fairly short edit. The sound and post sound probably took a week or so. Overall, I would say it took about 10 days.

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

Brutally honest

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

We decided to film it mostly in one long shot on a train platform, so there were a lot of obstacles, mainly to do with the sound and camera. It took a few takes for it all to gel.

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

It was really lovely to hear that it resonated with an audience from a different country. It was very special.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

When I did an art foundation course at university, we were experimenting with different art forms and I got obsessed with all aspects of filming.

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

Probably Dumb and Dumber. It always makes me laugh.

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 meeting and engaging with fellow professionals is always nice where possible. I understand it’s harder at this time though.

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

It’s a great platform, I love it.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Can’t beat a good burger.

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

I’d like to do features. Seann is developing this film as a feature. So hopefully you’ll see this in a longer form soon.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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