Interview with Filmmaker Johann Vorster (CAPITAINE)

CAPITAINE was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the April 2020 Documentary Short Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Johann Vorster: My love for the outdoors and fly fishing. There are not many pristine places like in the film left I the in the world. Film also serves as awareness I the hopes to protect through eco tourism.

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

All in all about a year. That part of Cameroon is really hard to get to. Travelling there took almost 5 days. We explored the river and its surrounds whist filming just over 2 weeks. The editing you do in between paying jobs, not the best as you lose some momentum in the process.

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

Water Elephant

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

Charging camera and computer equipment deep in the bush is difficult.

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

It was great to hear that non fishy fans enjoyed a fishy film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Collaborating with like minded friends, like African Waters, who’s main objective is to use sustainable sport fishing to create long-term meaningful and positive changes to the people, fauna and flora in here remote areas.

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

Wayne’s World

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

It’s simple and works great.

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

Anything from Pantera.

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

I am finishing up on a Cheetah conservation based film. It still needs a name.

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Interview with Filmmaker Matthew Richardson (HALLELUJAH)

HALLELUJAH was voted BEST FILM at the LGBT Feedback Film Festival in April 2020.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Matthew Richardson: I experimented once before with combining circus arts and LGBTQ issues through film, and the response and support was so incredible that I wanted to create more. So I began brainstorming different concepts. While I was visiting LA one summer, I was shocked by how many protestors at LA pride were using their faith as a means to spread hate. The protest signs they used and things they said were unbelievable to me, and I couldn’t get the experience off of my mind. The idea of someone using their own faith, to make others feel terrible seems so backwards and I wanted to create something in response to this. The idea for the film came pretty quickly after that experience.

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

About 9 months.

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

Gentle. Reflective.

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

Honestly the entire project was smooth sailing. It was surprisingly easy once things started moving.

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

It was really moving for me to see honest reactions from the viewers. It gave me an overwhelming feeling of gratitude, and appreciation that my work meant something to these individuals. To see genuine feedback that was so positive and supportive, meant the world to me that day.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I was at the airport in Montreal, when the idea came to me. I knew the two artists I wanted to use for the acrobatics, and knew that I wanted to address religion and the way it affects the LGBTQ community. Just with that concept alone, there’s so much that can be said. The isolation and rejection we feel from organized religion can be so damaging. And I wanted to give a gentle response to those who don’t understand what that must feel like for us. So while I was thinking about this in the airport, the idea developed quickly. Of course it evolved over time, but the initial idea struck very quickly. And then I began contacting the team I work with to start the process.

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

Dracula Dead and Loving It. lol.

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

I had a great experience, with no complaints.

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

Arrow by The Irrepressibles.

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

Yes I have 2 new film projects in the works! The situation with Coronavirus has delayed things, but they are coming eventually!

Interview with Filmmaker Sunny Wai Yan Chan (GODSPEED)

GODSPEED played to rave reviews at the April 2020 Under 5 Minute Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Sunny Wai Yan Chan: Godspeed is a thesis film for my master’s degree program. I wanted to grasp this opportunity to make something personal to me. Eventually, I decided to dig deeper in the relationship with my family. We care about each other, but it is usually less direct and less obvious. I thought it would be interesting to describe such bonding in a visual way.

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

I started pitching the idea in October 2018. Production started officially in January 2019 and the finished product was released in May. That is a little bit more than half a year.

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

Family love

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

Rendering. There are a lot of close-ups in the film which required a lot of rendering time. Some shots took about 110 minutes to render one single frame. We did a lot of tests at the school’s render farm to get the highest quality possible under its limitation of maximum 120 minutes per frame. Huge thanks to Brian, Yuna and Aster for helping me out with the rendering.

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

I was happy that my film resonated with people all over the world. Watching and listening to them talking about it makes me even happier. To me, this is the best reward I could ever achieve.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

The film is about family and is heavily inspired by my childhood experiences. I was born and raised in a traditional Hong Kong family. Lucky enough, there were no disastrous events or moments of life and death. Just like every other kid, I lived a mundane life with ups and downs that revolved around school exams, family quarrels and summer holidays. These aspects of life may sound trivial to most people, but they were extremely important to me as a kid. When I was in elementary school, there was this robot toy that I wanted so badly but it was a bit expensive. I kept asking my mom for the toy but she never agreed to buy it. I felt as if this is end of the world. Looking back at this incident now, this is something I could only experience as a kid. I re-visited my other childhood memories and I learned things that do not matter much to adults actually matter a lot to kids. This is what I wanted to achieve in this project – a simple story that is emotionally amplified through the eyes of the child protagonist because saying goodbye to his mother matters to him a lot.

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

Toy Story. I had a VHS tape of this film when I was in elementary school and I re-watched it countless times. Coco is the film that I watched the most in theaters. I watched it 4 times – 2 times with original voiceover and 2 times with Cantonese voiceover.

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

It is very convenient and I like it. I was worried about searching for festivals at their official websites from Google but FilmFreeway totally solved this concern. It is also great that I only needed to create the profile of the film once for submission to all festivals.

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

“I Believe I Can Fly” performed by Yolanda Adams, David Foster and the Soul Children of Chicago during the Concert for World Children’s Day in 2002.

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

Definitely a new film. This time I wanted to do it slowly. I am learning a lot as a junior animator right now in an amazing studio. Eventually, I want to incorporate the knowledge and skill I acquired into my next animation project, hopefully again with my team.

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Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Everitt-Lock (FROM THE THUNDER)

FROM THE THUNDER was voted BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the May 2020 WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival. A representation of the best DRAMA short films from around the world today.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Daniel Everitt-Lock: It was originally part of a 3 year plan, starting with a VR film that we created with my old company. The piece was called ‘Humanity’. Well received thankfully. It was based on the Christmas Truce of 1914. This led us to undertake the short, that would then be adapted into a feature. We are still looking to make the feature next year. This is called ‘Iron Harvest’.

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

As above, this was the second year in a three year plan. Once we crowdfunded, we had a month of pre production, 2 day shoot, then 2 months of intermittent post.

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

As described in my favourite review, A Poem on Humanity. (I know that’s 4 words, but 2 of them are small… 😉 )

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

Crowdfunding…. By far. That was more work than the film, and the things myself and my producer had to do to raise the money were ridiculous….

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

Very pleased! It was a joy to know that my work has been well received and taken as I had hoped.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

After shooting the VR piece, myself and my writer, Sean Meldrum, developed the idea from a basic concept. It evolved into what was put to the screen.

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

A combination of Seven, Whiplash and Disney’s Hercules. And probably Jurassic Park…

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

Useful! Nice and easy to operate and put out to numerous festivals, with the option of personalising each application.

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

Probably something by Linkin Park… or something from the 80’s, such as Gold by Spandau Ballet.

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

I recently finished DPing two features that are doing the festival circuit. One already has an international distribution deal, so that’s great! Other than seeing where they take me, I have Iron Harvest to pitch around, so if anyone is interested???? 😉

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Interview with director Gonzalo Cotelo (MAMMA)

MAMMA was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the January 2018 Under 5min. Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Gonzalo Cotelo: I think almost every filmmaker is lured at a certain point with the idea of making a one shot film, and so was I. I also wanted to tell a simple and yet powerful story and play with the audience almost exclusively with visual narrative and camera work.

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

It was exactly one week during a stay in a summer film campus and traveling festival in Italy.

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

unsettlingly gripping!

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

The blocking with the actors and timing of the events, as I wanted it to be intense and yet have a filmic pace.

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

It was amazing to see how people felt about the film exactly as I had planned it! the lack of subtitles, the camera work, the final reveal… it is a confirmation that all those crazy ideas weren’t that crazy after all.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I love a film called “Nine Lives” by Rodrigo García, nine short stories about female characters shot in 9 continuous long shots. And the first one features a pregnant woman, played by Robin Wright, in a supermarket. That was the first inspiration for the story, the first primordial image that I later developed into a different path when I decided that my character will be in a close up during the whole film, and the camera would never abandon her until the very last moment revealing the main piece of information that I decided to withhold from the audience. I also love an Ukranian film called “The Tribe”, acted entirely on sign language and without any subtitles, which I thought was simple and brilliant, it really forces the audience to pay attention. And I knew it would also help the public to connect with the main character and feel as lost as she feels not understanding what is going on between the two hitmen.

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

Definitely one of the original Star Wars trilogy films, I couldn’t tell you which one though (probably Return of the Jedi)

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

It is indeed very useful, particularly now with the number of films being made and film festivals being held everywhere across the world. The structure and layout of the website simplifies the whole process.

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

A Beatles song for sure, I’d go for “Lucy in the sky with Diamonds”.

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

Yeah, a new one, a bit longer than five minutes hopefully. I live and work in Kuwait at the moment but I´d like to go back to Spain in summer to write and start producing again, I miss it!
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Interview with director Ivo Huahua (STUTTER)

STUTTER was the winner of Best Performances at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival. A film about a strong-willed widower with a heavy stutter who is determined to win the respect of his son by speaking to the boy’s class on Career Day.

It was a pleasure chatting with the filmmaker about the film and what’s next:

Matthew ToffolO: What motivated you to make this film?

The motivation came from the idea to come to terms with my speech impediment and self motivate me to become a filmmaker no matter what; encouraging people to come to terms with their issues to be successful in whatever they do.

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

It took 6 months.

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

fatherhood childhood

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

Finding a middle-aged man who stutters in real life. I found him in a speech clinic as a patient, and he is a non-actor. This was his first time acting.

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

I agreed in all the reactions and critiques; and punched myself for not paying attention to those faults that the audience saw and I thought they were not going to see. That was a lesson I learned for my next film. Also, I got surprised when one of the viewers cried. Also, at the end of the video, the moderator mentioned an angle of the characters that I didn’t see. And that new angle made me proud because that was sign that the movie transcended and was more complex than I thought.

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the short film:

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

I’m a person who stutters since I was five years old, and as I grow older with my wife, I asked myself: what if I’m a middle-age man and I keep stuttering bad? How will my son respect and see me? What other thing I can do to get accepted by my children? From this paranoia the idea of the story came up.

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

I have the bad habit of not repeating movies since I hate when I already know what is going to happen next. So I think maybe Forrest Gump is the movie I have seen two times, at the most.

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

Right now I’m writing a feature but I want to continue making short films before jumping to direct features.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Watch LAPSUS Short Film / The Most Awarded French Short Film Ever

LAPSUS, the award winning short film from France played at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in November 2013. It had a very polarizing reaction from the audience. Some called it brilliant. Others called it…..

The film is now available to watch online.

WATCH LAPSUS NOW:

LAPSUS – 62 AWARDS / 103 OFFICIALS SELECTIONS
http://www.lapsus-film.com
prod@come-on.fr

Directed by KARIM OUARET
http://www.karimouaret.com

Terry ARBEN BAJRAKTARAJ
Rose SOPHIE MEISTER
Jackson JAMES GERARD
Lewis FABRICE SCOTT
Martin NIELS DUBOST
Steeve HYGGINS SANSA
Angie NOEMIE MERLANT

Additional Voices DAVID ATRAKCHI

Screenplay JULIEN DIRIS KARIM OUARET

Producers JALANE PLAUT JULIEN SERI KARIM OUARET

Co-producer OREL SIMON

Director of Photography MATIAS BOUCARD

Production Designer MARC SAUSSET

Editor RICHARD RIFFAUD

Music by LOÏC OUARET

Sound Designer ALEXIS JUNG

Supervisor Special Effects OLIVIER VILLEAUD

Costume Designer CELINE EL MAZOUZI

Production Manager DELPHINE BELONNET
1st Assistant Director STEPHANE “STANE” REUS
2nd Assistant Director LAURE ANNE NICOLET
Script Supervisor SOPHIE BOUTEILLER
Storyboarder TARIK HAMDINE
Comic Strip Artist IVAN GOMEZ-MONTERO

1st Assistant Camera FRANCOIS VIGON
2nd Assistant Camera EMMA CHENET
Additional 1st Assistant Camera RAPHAEL
Steadycam Operators NICOLAS CAGNIARD GUILLAUME QUOILIN

Gaffer JAMES LANCRY

Electricians QUENTIN BOUCHER STEPHANE GAUTHRON BASILE JOYEUX

Key Grip ROMAIN LEO
Grips GREGOIRE DEL CLEMENT CANTIER

Sound Mixer NASSIM EL MOUNABBIH
Boom Operators CLEMENT JUSFORGUES ALEXANDRE GALLERAND OLIVIER LUCE GUILLAUME PELLERIN

Sound Editor ALEXIS JUNG

Sound Re Recording Mixer NIELS BARLETTA

Camera & Light Equiment EYE LITE PARIS

Grip Equipment NEXT SHOT

Sound Equipment DINOSAURES

Wardrobe Mistress VERONIQUE TREMOUREUX
Wardrobe Dressers PAULINE PENELON CLAIRE MAINGUENAUD
Wardrobe Dresser CHRISTIANE FANCHONE

Make-Up Artist / Hair Stylist CAROLE HOZATTE
Make-Up Artist MEYLINE FAUCHON

SFX Make-Up Supervisor OLIVIER AFONSO
SFX Make-Up Artist ANTOINE AILLOT HAROLE LEVY

1st Assistant Decorator AURELIE VIDAL
Assistants Decorator ELSA MAZIERES STEPHANE SARTORIUS

Location Manager CYRILLE MADELEINE
Assistants Location Manager MICKAEL COHEN BENOIT ETIENNE

Colorist ARNAUD LAURENT
Baselight Assistant ALPHA DIALO

Conforming MAXIME LETURCQ

Music Composed & Produced by LOÏC OUARET

Music Mixer STEPHANE LEGRAND

Making of MANU SIMON

Photographes Plateau MISHA AZNAVOUR MARC OBIN

Set / Parking / Garding CREATIVE REGIE

Weapon and Uniform MARATIER

Vehicule Rental CREATIVE REGIE

Shooting Insurance RUBINI et ASSOCIES

SPECIAL THANKS to

ANGELE & SALAH OUARET
JEANINE PLAUT
SABRINA OUARET
FREDERIC ASTRUC
BRIGITTE & ALAIN KALAYJIAN
HAMED EL KASSOUANI
GEOFFREY ZAOUI
HABIB M’SADEK
BENJAMIN DARRAS
YOUSSEF EL MOUDDAKHIR
PHILIPPE JOURNET
ANDREW HOUADEC
ARESKI FERHAT
SERGE ARTHUS
DAVID « DIEZ DEDOS » BONENFANT
MATTHIEU TERTOIS
CAMILLE DELAMARRE
KURTIS OUARET
ATELIER 69
MUSIC PREMIUM
ONE MORE
EYE LITE
STUDIO LUMINI
DIGIMAGE CINEMA
KIOUI STUDIO

Co-produced by SPOA FILMS

Produced by COME ON PRODUCTIONS
DAIGORO FILMS

LAPSUS

a KARIM OUARET film

(c) 2013 – COME ON PRODUCTIONS – All Rights Reserved

VISA d’exploitation n°135.122