Interview with

Emma Lev

Writer/Star of

Emma Lev

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

Like many others, our acting class has been operating via Zoom due to the pandemic. We’ve had to adapt, and our classes have been reformatted. My teachers constantly found new ways to stay creative throughout, which helped a lot. One of our assignments was to write 3-2-1 scenes (3 pages, 2 characters, and 1 location). We were given prompts to choose from, one being “two relatives who have discovered each other on Ancestry or 23andMe talk for the first time and compare very different perspectives on their shared family history.” That inspired this piece. Brian Davis, the co-writer and co-star of this film, and I built the story around that idea and felt that there was so much life and complexity behind these characters that we wanted to bring them out of Zoom and into real space and world by making a short film.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

Coordinating a production in the middle of a pandemic! It was our number one priority to make sure everyone was safe, tested, and practicing social distancing while shooting. We kept it down to a skeleton crew and were able to shoot the film in its entirety in under 5 hours.

How has the short film been received?

This film is about connection. In a time when a lot of artists are missing that, it touched many to see two strangers come together over Zoom and form a relationship. Something that we’ve had to adjust to and normalize during the pandemic.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I’m working on another short film, I have a YouTube channel, and am always looking for the next thing.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

My biggest piece of advice is something that I wish I heard a long time ago is don’t let the idea of perfection get in the way of doing the work. It’s very easy to not get started on a project because you don’t have the full confidence and you don’t know how good it’s going to be. If you have an idea (and an iPhone), pursue it. Just do it. You can improve it along the way.

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Interview with

Emma Lev

Writer/Star of

Emma Lev

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

Like many others, our acting class has been operating via Zoom due to the pandemic. We’ve had to adapt, and our classes have been reformatted. My teachers constantly found new ways to stay creative throughout, which helped a lot. One of our assignments was to write 3-2-1 scenes (3 pages, 2 characters, and 1 location). We were given prompts to choose from, one being “two relatives who have discovered each other on Ancestry or 23andMe talk for the first time and compare very different perspectives on their shared family history.” That inspired this piece. Brian Davis, the co-writer and co-star of this film, and I built the story around that idea and felt that there was so much life and complexity behind these characters that we wanted to bring them out of Zoom and into real space and world by making a short film.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

Coordinating a production in the middle of a pandemic! It was our number one priority to make sure everyone was safe, tested, and practicing social distancing while shooting. We kept it down to a skeleton crew and were able to shoot the film in its entirety in under 5 hours.

How has the short film been received?

This film is about connection. In a time when a lot of artists are missing that, it touched many to see two strangers come together over Zoom and form a relationship. Something that we’ve had to adjust to and normalize during the pandemic.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I’m working on another short film, I have a YouTube channel, and am always looking for the next thing.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

My biggest piece of advice is something that I wish I heard a long time ago is don’t let the idea of perfection get in the way of doing the work. It’s very easy to not get started on a project because you don’t have the full confidence and you don’t know how good it’s going to be. If you have an idea (and an iPhone), pursue it. Just do it. You can improve it along the way.

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