Interview with Filmmaker Oliver Lin (TO ADD OIL)

TO ADD OIL was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the March 2022 STUDENT Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Having grown up in Taiwan and then attending university in Florida, I occasionally find myself missing home. Taiwan plays a big influence in the work I make as a filmmaker and I constantly find myself showcasing my home with every opportunity I get. I was motivated to make this film because it has always been a dream of mine to shoot a narrative project back home in Taiwan with characters that are a representation of my friends whom I grew up with.

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

The film took a total of 10 months to be completed. While production took place in June 2021 over the course of three scorching days.

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

Bitter sweet.

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

When production took place in Taiwan during June of 2021, there was a level 3 lockdown imposed by the government where harsh Covid protocols had to be followed. For example , there was a limit on the amount of people allowed for an outdoor gathering and even with a relatively small cast plus crew, we were very conscious of not congregating in one area and we were always on the lookout for the police.

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

I immediately smiled and was very grateful to listen to all the reactions. I personally love the ending shot of the film and we had specifically that location for its visual composition. We intentionally wanted the location to act as a metaphor for Will’s character, so it was really interesting to see the effect that this shot had on the audience.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

After watching The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) in the theater with my mother, and then witnessing the power of the medium as she sat next to me crying.

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

Parasite (2019) directed by Bong Joon-ho

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 believe that film festivals can enrich the festival experience for young filmmakers by establishing mentorship programs.

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

FilmFreeway is the LinkedIn of the film world, it’s just that convenient and teaches young filmmakers what extra marketing materials they will need before they can start their festival run.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Taiwanese Hot Pot

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

I am approaching graduation and looking for work.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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