Interview with director Iván Sáinz-Pardo (SAVE)

Iván Sáinz-Pardo’s short film SAVE played to rave reviews at the October 2016 Horror/Thriller Film Festival.

It was a pleasure to interview him about his film and what’s next:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Iván Sáinz-Pardo: Just wanted to work with actors again and I needed to tell a new story. I wanted to film something very short but really shocking!

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

ISP: Only two weeks. I was training the camera movements alone for two days. And then we shoot in only 5 hours.

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

ISP: Don’t Breathe

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

ISP: I wanted do make a short film with only sequence shot.

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

ISP: What an amazing surprise. And the comments were very smart and interesting!!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film:

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film? 

ISP:I was looking inside my own scary feelings.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

ISP: The Doors by Oliver Stone. I love it!

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

ISP: I recently made a 19 minute short film called AINHOA. We have premiere in a few days at the International Film Festival in Gijon, Spain. In this link you could find more interesting infos about it: https://www.verkami.com/projects/15466-ainhoa
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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go tohttp://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Sorrel Brae (A FILM BY VERA VAUGHN)

Sorrel Brae’s short film “A Film By Vera Vaughn” played to rave reviews at the August 2016 Horror/Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor to sit down and chat with him about his film and what’s next for the talented filmmaker.

Matthew Toffolo What motivated you to make this film?

Sorrel Brae: Mostly creative frustration with my work in the commercial industry. I direct TV commercials by day and that has become an increasingly conservative and risk-averse industry. Rarely do I get the chance to stretch myself and try on new hats. So a writer friend, Zeke Farrow, and I started developing a film-within-a-film feature screenplay and I decided to shoot this short to test out the concept and see if we had anything.

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

SB: Oh man, I’m embarrassed to say but probably a year and a half, off and on. I had to do it between directing gigs so it took me a couple months to write the script and another few months to lock in our lead actress (the incredibly talented Marin Ireland). We shot in my apartment over 3 long nights and then I edited for another four months. I was also fortunate to receive gratis favors from Color Collective and Pure Sound but that also meant we had to wait until their studios were open.

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

SB: ego v. id

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

SB: The edit was tough. Getting the pacing to feel right while locking in the complex structure in a way that was still accessible was a big challenge. I was fortunate to not have a deadline because it allowed me space to walk away for weeks at a time and return with fresh eyes to find new solutions. We also were almost shut down by my landlord, which sucked.

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

SB: I thought, this is so surreal to see total strangers engage with creative choices I made while sitting alone in my apartment a year ago. I was also genuinely impressed with the caliber of cineaste represented. The first comment nailed a theme of the film that no one in any previous festival touched on: the power and danger of the creative process.

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

SB: Riffing off concepts for a feature film and, maybe more importantly, searching for ways to shoot in my apartment with one actor to keep the production simple and cheap.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

SB: Probably Chinatown by Polanski.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

SB: I’ve just locked picture on another short called TITAN, with screenwriter Austin Bunn. Similarly, it is inspired by a survival/adventure feature script we’ve developed about a young woman who finds herself stranded at the top of a 300 foot Redwood tree in the Pacific NW. Hopefully you’ll be seeing it very soon!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of A FILM BY VERA VAUGHN: 

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Fesival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Daniel Reimer, short filmmaker BELL TOWER ENIGMA

Daniel Reimer’s short film BELL TOWER ENIGMA played at the best of Horror WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in October 2015.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of BELL TOWER ENIGMA:

I recently sat down with Daniel Reimer to talk to him about his short film.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Daniel: Bell Tower Enigma was one of the graduation films from the Filmmaking Diploma of the London Film Academy. We were able to pitch for various scripts written by the students. I loved the idea of Bell Tower Enigma as it reminded me of Hitchcock and Lynch. I’m very much drawn to mystery and the surreal in film.

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

We had about 2 months of pre-production, we shot for about a week and finally another month for post-production.

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

Psychological Mystery

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

As the audience experienced as well, the story/plot might be a bit of a challenge to follow. That is because unlike other projects in the same year we had less time to work on the script. Ironically despite that, the writer and me came up with this huge intricate background story, which might have been a bit too ambitious and complex to squeeze into a short that wasn’t allowed to go over 10 minutes 😉

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

It was amazing to see the audience interact with the film. As a short filmmaker you rarely get the opportunity to get that much of detailed feedback from an audience. The general statement “It looks beautiful, but what the hell is going on” didn’t come as that much of a surprise as it is similar to reactions we received from other audiences 🙂 However, I myself enjoy films (or any piece of art for that matter) where there is lots of room for personal interpretation. So it is not that much about the intention of the writer or director, but more about what the audience makes of it for themselves. So in that sense I very much enjoyed the different interpretations and speculations concerning the story.

Your film had an amazing church location. How did you find it?

The church is a popular filming location in London due to its mystical and creepy crypt in the basement. Part of the 2012 Les Misérables was shot there as well so we felt pretty good about ourselves filming on a location which previously had been visited by big Hollywood stars 🙂

What film have you seen the most in your life?

The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky is probably one of my favourite movies. In my childhood me and my sister watched Star Trek Generations every night for a long time.
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What is next for you? A new film?

At the moment I am in the process of finishing a short romantic comedy called Lovigation, which is a bit more “down to earth”. It is about a driver who falls in love with his passenger and resorts to the advice of his GPS which magically comes to life and gives him romantic and sexual advice.

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