Interview with Filmmaker Nathan Schiele (CALLISTO’S END)

CALLISTO’S END was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the January 2022 FANTASY/SCI-FI Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Aaron Galindo (producer, writer), Andrew Parkerton (director of photography) and I were all rapidly gaining experience and we were eager to see what we could accomplish if we pushed our boundaries farther than ever before. I think that drive had a lot to do with what the story became. That and all three of us are huge science-fiction fans.

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

I started doing development research sometime during March/April and we locked on the film sometime during December. So approximately 9 months all around.

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

Eerie and Demanding.

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

There were a lot of moving pieces and our timeline was very slim. So having to problem-solve within such tight margins was difficult. But luckily things worked out well in the end.

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

It was quite refreshing, honestly. Apart from family and friends, I haven’t yet been able to hear many others speak objectively about the film. I’m glad they were picking up on what Aaron and I wanted to share within the story.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

Sometime around the 1st grade. I was in a really terrible accident at school which left me with stitches below my lower lip. After returning from the hospital, my Dad had shown me Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade since I now had a matching scar with the one that Indy gets early in the movie. For some reason, that was the first time I remember being truly curious about movies and how there is more to them than what I initially see. I asked my Dad about it and he broke down some of the critical roles, including what the Director does. And from then on, I just knew.

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

Most likely The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I couldn’t pick a single one. It’s like every time one of them plays, suddenly we’re sitting down for 10+ hours for the whole ride.

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

Considering the circumstances, the festival has done quite wonderfully. I think getting eyes from within the industry on the film is important or at least something to seek out within the festival junket.

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

FilmFreeway is wonderful. I don’t see another option when applying to several festivals. It’s the obvious choice.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Truthfully, mac and cheese.

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

I have another short film in the works. I can’t say what it is about, or who it’s about, quite yet. But it will be the most character driven film I’ve made so far. I’m very excited about it.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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