Interview with Filmmaker William Mussini (F**KING WORLD)

The short film F**KING WORLD is a must see 1 minute blast. It hits on a lot of emotions that many of us are feelings, plus it’s really funny. William Mussini’s film played to rave reviews at the WILDsound FEEDBACK January 2016 Film Festival.

Interview with William Mussini:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

William Mussini: I wanted to depict the fleeting scenes of everyday life, through the eyes of an ordinary man, in one and half minute at most, bringing out his thoughts, his pains, his actions and his disasters.

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

William: It took me two days to make this short movie after finding the inspiration.

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

William: A sudden awareness.

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

William: Looking for a fitting location.

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

William: I felt curious and amused.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the Festival:

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

William: In a moment of anger, I wanted to shout to the world why there was so much useless evil affecting us.

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

William: The Thin Red Line, directed by Terrence Malick.

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

William: Oh yeah! Even four movies per…….month! Waiting for the inspiration…..

 

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 to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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Interview with filmmaker Jordan Inconstant (YO SOY PEDRO)

Jordan Inconstant’s award winning comedy/sci-fi YO SOY PEDRO played to rave reviews at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in January 2016. The film was also the winner of Best Musical Score at the festival.

I recently sat down with the French film-maker to talk more about his career:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jordan Inconstant: Yo Soy Pedro, is the first film I’ve done with an original script. I had already made short films before (fanfilm, adaptation …) but I wanted to try to create a universe and original characters as something really very exciting. (Makeup design, costume etc …)

I tried to make a film that looks like me, both offbeat and funny.

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

Jordan: I wrote the film for 2 months. There were 5 months of preparation for the shooting and 1 week of shooting. Subsequently There were six months of post-production. We will say that the film was produced on approximately 1 year.

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

Jordan: Strange and crazy

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

Jordan: The most complicated part was filming! We were shooting mostly at night in the forest. Sadly for us it did not stop raining during the shoot, the generators for projectors, toasted. And makeup was struggling to endure the rain. We also broke a wheel of the truck containing the equipment … On the other hand we had to take into account the time to make up for the shoot. There was 7h makeup for the blue alien and 3h for Pedro. That had to be taken into account when organizing the shooting. But we had a great time on this shoot, there was a very good atmosphere!

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

Jordan: I was very surprised! There is no other festival that offers this, it’s great! To see the public reaction and to take part in the festival. There was a little debate about the fact that the film was shot in French while the atmosphere is American, it was interesting. This has pleased all the film crew, Sylvain Ott, composer joins me in thanking you for the price of the best music.

Matthew: Your closing credits are terrific. How long did it take you to do that portion? Who did the animation? It’s almost like you made an entirely different film.

Jordan: Thank you ! We spent 6 months on this generic, for parallel to the Post-production of the film, it was directed by Damien Bracciotti. The idea was really to make the sequel as a small cartoon. I find it funny to see what happens to the characters, this could make a sequel somehow .

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

Jordan: It is difficult to answer this question, there are so many movies that I watch very often. Of course all the classics, but in general I’m attracted to movies with universal appeal, that is or arthouse films or blockbuster.

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

Jordan: I have 2 short films in post production right now!

The first is a fanfilm Star Wars (I had already done a Pirates of the Caribbean before Yo Soy Pedro).

This is an episode from the episode 3 and 4 when Obiwan watches over Luke on Tatooine. We shot with a real fan, possessing replica costumes. The advantage of fanfilm is that they get good visibility … It will be online in spring.

The second is “Super-Vieillots” ( The Old-Men in English) is an original movie with an old superhero (about 70 years) who wants to resume service! The film will be in festivals this Autumn.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of YO SOY PEDRO:

Interview with Screenwriter Bruna Rubio (VAMPIRAS)

Bruna Rubio’s short film was showcased at the best of Under 5min. Film Festival in January. An extremely unique, funny, and scary story about Spanish Female Vampires living in Los Angeles.

I recently chatted with Bruna and chatted with her about her short film:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Bruna Rubio: As a Latina I was always wondering why can we have our own vampire TV show 🙂

It’s never been done in Spanish a vampire TV series so my idea was create the first Spanish vampire TV series . So I did Vampiras with the idea of a sizzle reel for a TV series.

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

Bruno: Everything happened really fast…one day I stayed up all night and wrote the script and 1 week later I put a credit together and did some auditions. Since I have my own movie studio in Los Angeles I was able to get done fast . So took me 3 weeks from start to fully edited.

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

Bruno: Surprising and funny

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

Bruno: I really didn’t have any … I was 100% focused on getting it done ASAP and everything went well.

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

Bruno: I love the first girl totally got my original idea of Vampiras been a TV series 🙂 The porn part was also funny. ..you have to understand that Spanish TV it’s always a little cheese lol .Also that was my intention … to have the old school vampire formula… of dark comedy mixed with surprises and a little bit of sexy.

Matthew: What is the future of Vampiras? This seems like a film that is a setup to a large film.

Bruno:  I would love for Vampiras to be a TV series but I am also looking into making it as a full movie and I already wrote the script and it has so many cool things !! Luna is actually a detective and when the judge can not put a bad guy in jail the Luna take justice on her own at night …

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

Bruno: I must admit the answer is Indiana Jones 🙂

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

Bruno: I just finished my second one and we are on post ending the film with animation… This one is in English and it’s very dramatic …and it mix real with animation.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK for VAMPIRAS:

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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 to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Director Scott McDermott (Steadi-Kid – watch film)

Steadi-Kid is a 1 minute mock-commercial that played at the best of 5 minutes of less film festival in August. It played to rave reviews. Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video here:

Watch the 1min. Film:

Interview with director Scott McDermott:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I was carrying my son (Who plays “Little Johnny” in the film) in a baby Bjorn style chest carrier and noticed his head was bobbling back and forth as I walked. I wondered if that was annoying to him like a shaky camera pov would be. So I started thinking about a stabilized baby carrier much like a steady-cam but with the child where the camera would go, which would improve the ride for the little guy. Nothing like that exists on the market so I decided to shoot the commercial for it, if it did exist, in all it’s ridiculous glory.

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

About 9 months. I had to wait for my son to get old enough to be able to sit in a baby bike seat but not too old or he would have been too heavy. He was about one when we shot it.

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

Good fun.

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

Finding a Steady-Cam rig that I could adapt into a baby carrier. Most of the steady-cams available to rent are not rated for enough weight to hold a child and seat. So I approached quite a few stead-cam operators who have their own rigs to do it and they all said no, they didn’t want any kids dangling from their gear – understandably so. I eventually did find a glidecam for rental that was rated to 35lbs and we were off and running – or walking slowly.

5. How is the film scene in your city and country?

People dig it. It went pretty viral for a little bit racking up over 600K views online. The actress playing the mom has been recognized twice on the street because of it!

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

People sure do take things seriously and over analyze.

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

Christmas vacation

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

Probably more commercials. Some real and some fake.

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