Why is taking creative risks so important?
It's always important to take creative risks! It keeps you on your toes, allows you to explore different genres and ultimately you might discover something you're really good at.
Your film is hilarious to say the least. How did you go about writing a comedy? What did you find challenging?
Thanks! Lizzie and I wrote the film with our friend Collin Sideris who plays the lead character in the film. He is a stand up comedian and a really great friend of ours! Once we had the direction of the film set we just sat and played out multiple scenarios to see what was funny. The most challenging part was containing all the jokes to our production budget. We always had to keep in mind if the scene required a location rental, extra talent or a special piece of equipment to rent.
What were the most difficult aspects directing your film?
Making sure we didn't laugh during takes! Collin is an extremely funny actor and at times I couldn't contain myself without laughing.
What would you have done differently looking back on the entire creative process?
In terms of the creative process, I wouldn't have changed much! We had a great time writing it and coming up with ideas.
How has filming on your smartphone impacted your work for Moment’s Invitational? Do you expect to more of people’s use of accessible technologies, like phones, in this industry?
I think I have a better understanding of the role of cellphones in storytelling. A shot filmed on a phone can often be more impactful than a shot on a high end production camera. Also, there are thousands of stories being missed out on everyday because people feel they need the right gear to produce it. I expect a lot more people to use cellphones to produce HQ content. Media consumption is increasing everyday and most people watch content on their phones, so it seems natural to shoot content with the device you're using to consume it! That's just my thoughts.
Your talent nailed their performances. Do you know these actors personally, or did you really have to dig for people who could pull this kind of work off?
Collin is one of my best friends from University! I asked him originally if he wanted to help to write it and during the writing session Lizzie and I agreed on the spot that he would be the perfect lead.