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1. What motivated you to make this film?
This story is something very close to my heart as it has been written from personal experiences. Bump! is originally a play and a story which I have been telling on stage for a few years. I have always felt it would translate well to film. It is about connections and questions whether life is led by fate or chance. That said, it isn’t supposed to have a deep moral message at the heart of it. It is purely a piece of entertainment and I want to make an audience laugh (and sometimes cry).
One of the main reasons to make this film was from a networking point of view. As an actor, a writer or (now) a director I am excited about the possibility of this leading to more work. Much like the film, connections are what it is all about.

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

The original play was written in 2015. I decided to adapt it to a film in about 2019. We filmed in 2020, just before the UK went into lockdown and it took me 2 years of off-and-on editing.

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

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Adapting this from a stage play into a film was quite a challenge. Firstly, we didn’t know if the style would work on screen. It is all quite heightened and larger than life which usually lends itself more to theater. Also, the piece had been so tightly rehearsed and choreographed which was a blessing and a curse. This meant that big chunks of dialogue had already found their shape before the filming began. It probably made us less flexible when it came to experimenting with different ideas that may have worked better on camera.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
It was such an amazing feeling to hear people I have never met talking about something I have made. I smiled throughout.

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I have always been on film sets as an actor and have admired and loved the work of the crew. Naturally, you pick things up and begin to understand more about how a film set operates. That said, the actual catalyst that made me want to jump into filmmaking is actually a little more backwards. I was on set, working as an actor, and the director was doing a terrible job. So many corners were being cut and there was no attention to detail. I thought I could do better.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
It’s probably a close call between The Mask and Superbad.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
This is my first festival circuit ever so I don’t think I know if I am honest.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
It is very simple and easy to understand.

10. What is your favorite meal?
A roast chicken dinner.

11. What is next for you? A new film?
I have another idea for a film but I would like to see where this festival circuit takes me. I am open to collaborating with others, networking and just going with the flow a bit.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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