Interview with Filmmakers Fernando Perez & Suzy Stein (AT THE END OF THE WORLD)

AT THE END OF THE WORLD was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the February 2020 Romance Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Fernando & Suzy: Fernando and I were movtivated to make At the End of the World because we wanted to transition from screenwriters to filmmakers. We wanted to be able to see our work produced.

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

It took approximately 3 years from start to finish. We revised the script off and on over two years and production was 2 days. Post production took a year. It was worth the wait !

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

Our short film can be described as a Dystopian Romance.

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

The biggest obstacle we faced was money. We self-financed. We kept things in house at Fonco Studios which helped keep down costs. Fon and his crew created a dystopian world just for us!

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

We were thrilled. It was gratifying. Everybody, including Fon Davis and his team, worked so hard on the project and then to see people enjoy it is really indescribable.

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

Fernando and I believe the way to get better at writing is to write. We would enter the NYC Midnight Madness contests as often as we could. We had anywhere from 48 hours to 7 days to write a short script 3-12 pages long. For each heat, we were given a genre, object and location. During one heat, we were assigned to Romance! The location was Beach and the object was a T.V. We wound up winning that heat with a short entitled Bobo’s Appliances. Eventually, after several revisions and incredible notes from director Fon Davis, Bobo’s Appliances became At the End of the World and was ready for production.

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

Fernando and I agree on this one! Empire Strikes Back.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

FilmFreeway is our only experience. I like being able to have a “packet” ready and submit with one click (and a credit card).

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

For Suzy: September by Earth, Wind and Fire and We Belong by Pat Benetar. For Fernando: Tron Legacy soundtrack.

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

We are working on our second comic book series and are getting ready to make a feature.