Interview with Filmmaker Marni Little (THE TALK)

THE TALK was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the April 2020 Under 5 Minute Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Marni Little: We started a project called Three In Three where I am given three prompts (a characters, a location and a word) and have to write a three minute scene with them in three days. Bronte then has three days to act our the short and we upload it at the end of the week. Our words for this short were Parent, Sex and Bedroom. The idea of Three in Three is to showcase writers, actors and cinematographers we know in a fast and fun way while all getting to flex our creative muscles.

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

So from the very beginning to end, this project took us 6 days.

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

Fun and timely!

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

Getting our ideal cast and crew together at the same time. This is always our biggest issue!

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

Amazing. We couldn’t believe how much of a difference it makes seeing personal reactions to our work. It’s why you do it – right? For the audience.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I think I covered that in Q1 but essentially I took the words and brainstormed for a good couple hours before refining it. Some of the more delicate topics took a little longer to perfect but we were really happy with the result.

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

Great. Easy to use and generally responsive.

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

We just completed a year of festival run for Valentine’s Day short film and are about to begin the festival run for Date night short film and Meeting Place short film. We have three shows I am writing the bibles for currently and who knows – maybe another off the back of this feedback!

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