Interview with Actor/Director Samantha Neyland (WHEN STRANGERS TOUCH YOUR HAIR)

Samantha Neyland co-directed and starred in the short film “When Strangers Touch Your Hair”, which was showcased at the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival in December 2016. The film received rave reviews from the audience. It was an honor to chat with her about the film and what’s next for the beautiful and talented artist:… Continue reading Interview with Actor/Director Samantha Neyland (WHEN STRANGERS TOUCH YOUR HAIR)

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Interview with director Dave Lojek (PROVERBIAL LUCK)

Dave Lojek’s film from Austria (via Germany) “PROVERBIAL LUCK” played to rave reviews at the November 2016 Under 5 Minute FEEDBACK Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Dave Lojek: Language and film can have nice effects on audiences. But less talk and more deeds are preferrable in most films. This one… Continue reading Interview with director Dave Lojek (PROVERBIAL LUCK)

Interview with Filmmaker Steve Socki (SPARROW DUET)

Steve Socki’s short film SPARROW DUET played to rave reviews at the August 2016 Under 5 minute FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor chatting with her: Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Steve Socki: INSPIRATION FROM PLAYFUL MOVEMENTS IN NATURE, ESPECIALLY IN THE TIMING & CHOREOGRAPHY. REINTERPRETING & EXPERIMENTING THOSE OBSERVATIONS… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Steve Socki (SPARROW DUET)

Interview with Filmmaker Mike Callaghan (HOLE)

I was excited to see the what an audience made of it. You make a film for people to watch and enjoy and it was great to see that your audience responded so well to it. It’s a great idea to do these videos.

Interview with Sound Effects Editor Matt Snedecor (Revolutionary Road, The Jinx)

Effects editors are responsible for building the entire sonic environment for a film, everything from backgrounds to the sync effects we see on screen. The majority (90% and up) of the sounds heard in film are added by editors. But it’s more than just see car, hear car. We also need to come up with sounds that identify with characters or moods or that tell stories without the audience having to see something on screen to know what’s happening.

Interview with Cinematographer Jeff Cutter (10 Cloverfield Lane)

I am most proud of my latest film, 10 Cloverfield Lane, because the photography is very close to what I had hoped we could achieve, and in some scenes, better than I hoped. My favorite experience was receiving an email from JJ Abrams about 2 weeks into principal photography, telling me how great he thought everything looked.

Film Festival Events and Videos from May 2013 to Present

Since taking over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in mid-2013, I have been fortunate to moderate 27 film festival events. We have showcased over 200 of the best short films from around the world – 37 countries to date.

Take a look at each film festival month by month. An audience feedback video for each film presented:

Interview with Filmmaker Oliver Park (Award Winning Short VICIOUS)

I write what scares me. As a massive horror nerd, I often walk into a space and think “wouldn’t it be scary if….”. Vicious was born from wanting to tell a story that is both horribly tense yet looks beautiful – something that could happen to any of us and that the audience could take home with them afterwards. I wanted to make a short film that was in the league of all these incredible three minute scare-shorts, but one with a meaningful story behind the tension.

Interview with Filmmaker Scott Lyus (SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW)

SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW played to rave reviews at the WILDsound Best of Horror/Thriller Festival in February 2016.

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Interview with Filmmaker Luke Guidici (TIME TO EAT)

TIME TO EAT played to rave reviews at the WILDsound Best of Horror/Thriller Festival in February 2016.

Interview with the director Luke Guidici: