Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (MILK MAN)

Jonathan’s short film was the winner of BEST FILM at the October 2017 HORROR FEEDBACK Film Festival. MILK MAN is considered the best HORROR short film of the year 2017.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jonathan Brooks: I wanted to direct a short film in a one day shoot that could potentially lead to making a low budget feature. The horror/comedy genre appealed to me and I was inspired by filmmakers such as Ben Weatley and the Duplas brothers.

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

About two or three months.

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

Pasturised gore

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

Making a film on a low to no budget you are relying on lots of people to give time and skills for little or no pay and its often difficult to get people to be available at the right time so theres a balancing act there.

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

It was nice, seemed very positive and was great to know what people thought.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

The idea of a Milkman as a boogeyman came about because Id read somewhere that low budget British horror films do well in Asia and at the same time Id read another article about the fact that lots of people in Asia are lactose intolerant.I have no idea if any of these facts are actually true.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Ghostbusters

You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the new(ish) submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It seems pretty intuitive and easy to use.

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

Lawyers Guns and Money by Warren Zevon

What is next for you? A new film?

I have a script for a Milk Man feature which I’ve written with co-writer Adam Davidson and is at second draft stage. Hopefully if there’s more interest in this short we can make the feature at some stage.

 

Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (GHOSTBOY)

Jonathan Brooks’ short film “Ghostboy” played to rave reviews at the Family/Animation Short Film Festival in August 2016. An animation with a twist of unique comedy and a valuable life lesson. It’s safe to say that Jonathan is an filmmaker and storyteller on the rise.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jonathan Brooks: I had written a poem whilst at college called Ghostboy. It was far darker in tone but the character I had was interesting enough to keep it in mind for the future. It wasn’t until I met a local stop-motion animator at a film festival for another film of mine that we discussed future projects. It was 10 years since I had written the Ghostboy poem and felt that this was the best chance to develop it into a short film and expand on the character.

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

JB: From concept to the finished film it took about a year and a half to make.

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

JB: Fun and spooky!

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

JB: The hardest challenge was the editing. Working with well over 15,000 images put our computer to it’s limits and had to work around various programs suddenly closing over and over again…

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

JB: It was great to see an audience from a different country express their opinions on Ghostboy, they understood the theme and metaphor behind the characters well.

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

JB: The idea came around initially during college when studying popular directors, mine was Tim Burton which is what lead me to writing Ghostboy.

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

JB: I have probably watch Lord of the rings: Fellowship of the ring more than any other film. Closely followed by Toy Story…

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

JB: I am looking to direct another animated film but this time in CGI to better understand the production process. Between that I hope to direct smaller liver action films.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of GHOSTBOY:

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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 2nd to last and last Thursday of every single month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.