PARK is about the anonymity of social media in the online world finding us anonymously in the real world and the consequences that follow.
Tell us a little bit about yourself how you got into filmmaking?
My experience in filmmaking began after graduating college with a degree in Film/TV, learning filmmaking in commercial and music video production from the ground up on set. Eventually I began producing and moved on to where I’m currently at which is Head of Production at a Los Angeles based production company that produces content across multiple media platforms.
Throughout the process, I’ve collaborated with talented directors and producers, filmmakers from different backgrounds and creative sensibilities that allowed me invaluable filmmaking experience.
How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
The idea for P A R K came from a simple image; a woman sitting on a lonely park bench on a hill. The story, for me, usually comes out in the writing once I have that initial image or simple concept. Generally, things start with a single, plain idea that on the surface seems benign or banal but through some magical process it inspires creativity.
Talk us through the process of creating an animation?
We shot P A R K on location in multiple locations. Because of control issues it took longer to shoot and so we shot over successive weekends. But because I funded the project myself we were able to build flexibility into the shoot schedule and in turn made things more intimate in terms of approach.
I edited the project myself which took a few months up until it premiered at the Manhattan Film Festival.
What challenges did you face?
“Shooting in one location, a public location at that, should be simple.” That was the common feedback when people read the script. Needless to say, it was far from the truth. Mind you I’ve run my share of productions, the producers on the shoot have their extensive share of experience but it’s the nature of location shooting. You scout, you plan, but things happen and problem solving is what filmmaking is about. For example, the Park Service(s) don’t allow you to control the location, even when you pay for permits and the like. So, we had to devise a way to shoot around the elements that interrupted the shoot constantly, more than the usual locations issues to say the least. So, we stole, a lot, we cheated, a lot, we asked the ice cream vendors to stop playing music, sometimes they obliged, the soccer players to stop. Then of course there’s what you can’t do anything about; the rangers, the random planes with sign messages, the random helicopters, the trains, the Marathoners and their PA Music, the fitness classes you can’t interrupt, the civilians to name a few etc…. But in the end we ended up working around it all, we all stuck together and found a way. That’s not always typical of film production unit, but together we got it done.
What are your plans moving forward?
Currently I’m working on the full length version of P A R K and prepping my next short film to shoot soon.
Main Genre: Thriller
How long did it take to shoot: 1 Day-1 Week
Film location (country): United Kingdom
Film location (city): LA
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