Oscar Lewis’s amazing short film “1916” was the winner of Best Animation at the August 2016 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival. It’s a terrific portrayal of our memories during a dramatic moment in our life. This film should be seen by everybody! Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Oscar Lewis: ‘1916’ was my… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Oscar Lewis (1916)
PEOPLE OF NOWHERE, directed by Lior Sperando, was the winner of Best FILM at the July 2016 Under 5min. FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was one of the most popular films that has ever played at the festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Lior Sperando: I have heard and read different opinions about… Continue reading Interview with director Lior Sperando (PEOPLE OF NOWHERE)
STEPHEN THE TIME TRAVELLING DOG, directed by Kyran Davies is perhaps one of the most loved films that was ever played at a WILDsound Festival. The audience attending the July 2016 Under 5 minute FEEDBACK Film Festival LOVED this film. It was a pleasure interviewing the director, especially because his answers were all funny. Matthew Toffolo:… Continue reading Interview with director Kyran Davies (STEPHEN THE TIME TRAVELLING DOG)
CLEAN BREAK, directed by Tim Butcher was the winner of Best Overall Performances at the July 2016 Comedy Short Film Festival. It was an honor to sit down with him to chat about his film and filmmaking career. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Tim Butcher: I wanted to make a film… Continue reading Interview with director Tim Butcher (CLEAN BREAK)
I was very pleased to hear people really understand the twists and turns of film, the conflict of the lead character, and the desire to see what was on ‘the other side’. As a filmmaker, you make lots of little decisions based on your instinct, and it was wonderful to hear people really connecting with the material.
There really is no normal to my job anymore. Every project seems to be different and now and asks for different. A film project could call on a storyboard artist at any stage from pre-pre production, ( when the film is trying to get funding) right the way through to post production for VFX, (after principal photography has been completed). The bulk of my work tends to be early in the pre-production taking the first pass at sequences to get the ball rolling on them. Usually I’d start with a chat with a Director, though it could be VFX supervisor, production designer and then work on from there. I use to expect to finish when filming starts but now i might stay almost to the end of shooting then be called back for reshoots and post production.
You need to be a good listener. We work for editors. Editors have different criterion for each show we work on. Some like it big and over the top. some like it subtle and more realistic. Each time a different foley editor would come into the room to supervise the recording, I would walk away with a better understanding about how things should sound. It’s important to gain the trust of your editors and listen to what they have to say. When they want something heavier you need to understand what they mean. Does heavier mean louder? Bigger? It’s a subjective art with lots of possible variations. It’s important to do things the way the client intends for it to be heard.
Adam Preston’s award winning comedy short film “The Last Post” played at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in November 2015. It was awarded “Best Overall Performances in a Short Film” at the festival. Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of THE LAST POST: I recently chatted with Adam Preston about his short film and what’s next for… Continue reading Interview with director Adam Preston (The Last Post)
As with anything I make, I went into the feedback cringing, but as soon as people started talking, I became overjoyed. It was really positive and really appreciated! I’d have been way harder on it myself, but then I tend to be hypercritical of anything I make…
It was very cool. The audience was amazing. It was exactly the kind of reactions we were expecting when we were making the film. Thank you again !