Interview with Filmmaker Daryl Della (A LUST FOR TIME)

A LUST FOR TIME was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the Aug. 2022 ROMANCE/RELATIONSHIPS Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I’ve always been interested in time travel stories and the team and I were looking for a Twilight Zone-style script that had a good story with a twist. We found Scott Nelson’s script for “A Lust for Time” online and realized it had what we were looking for, but would also allow us to shoot a realistic dialogue scene with multiple characters. We had wanted to branch off from our usual genre fare and try a more grounded indie-drama feeling, and this script had it all. It felt like we could experiment with some new styles while also retaining enough of our genre comfort zone.

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

From the time we found the script to shooting the film and premiering it was close to a year.

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

Wrong Hands

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

We had some issues with the on-set audio, the actors’ costumes would scratch on the lav mics, so we ended up having to ADR a lot of the film. It took a long time to try to match the sound of the dialogue we recorded later to the lines that were left from the set, and it’s still not perfect, but it ended up being a great lesson in sound mixing.

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

I was thrilled. Seeing people who I didn’t know react positively to the film was incredibly exciting. It was great hearing their interpretations match up with our thoughts while making it, very validating knowing that the story was coming across as intended. And I loved that so many people thought our lead actor Mitch was creepy, it’s so much fun to put your friends out there like that. His joking response was “Can’t they accept me for me 😢”

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

When I was a kid I wanted to draw comics and animate cartoons, but that quickly wore off when I realized how much you actually had to draw. I still wanted to create entertainment so I started shooting movies with my friends in high school, and found out how much I loved editing. Even though filmmaking is more collaborative than drawing, once you’ve shot the footage and you’re editing, you alone have the power to completely control and manipulate everything.

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

I used to watch and rewatch the Back to the Future trilogy almost on a loop when I was a kid. I’ve also seen The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly a million times growing up, since it was always on in my Dad’s room. Other favorites I’ve seen over and over again and can recite word for word are Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dirty Harry, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. I also used to watch Tiny Toons: How I Spent My Summer Vacation nearly every day during the summers in elementary school. It’s come full circle, now that I have children of my own, as I often hear Huey Lewis blasting from their room as they watch Back to the Future for their 100th time.

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 the feedback videos are the coolest thing I’ve seen a festival do.

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

FilmFreeway’s been great, nothing but positive experiences there. It’s allowed us to search out festivals that seem like a good match for our films and is a great way to organize your plans for a festival run.

10. What is your favorite meal?

I like steaks, but really if I could I’d just eat apple pie with ice cream all day. I can’t stop the sugar addiction and want candy, ice cream, cakes, and pies at all times.

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

The Dollars & Donuts team is currently prepping another horror short, this one revolving around a killer Soda Machine. We can’t wait to get bloody and disgusting again. We’re also in post-production on “The Sadder but Wiser Boy,” an autobiographical comedy-drama short about an abusive friendship. You can follow our progress and see all our films at

A LUST FOR TIME, 25min., USA, Sci-Fi/Comedy
Directed by Daryl Della
Two couples meet up for a dinner party. One male takes over the natural order of the world to make sure he ends up with his friend’s partner.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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