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Interview with Jason J. Cross

Writer/Director/Animator of

Jason J. Cross

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

This is a story that actually came out of nowhere for me. One day I just sat down to do some freestyle writing and the story just took over. The only idea I had before sitting down was a serial killer killing a family and everything else just flowed right into place. Of course, I had to go back a couple of times to refine the story but otherwise, it was one of those stories that really just flowed right out as if it had a life on its own.

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

With any of my films, time is always the problem. Between working a full-time job, having my daughters three weekends a month, and making sure I give plenty of quality time to my amazing wife, time to work on my films is very limited. I do push forward with any time I have to get the film done – even when I am exhausted – because the old saying is very true, “If something is really important to you then you find solutions instead of making excuses.”

How has the short film been received?

So far the film has done extremely well. As of today, it has received 3 Honorably Mentioned Awards and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. People asked me if I was going to turn this into a series, which I might. It’s an idea I will have to revisit after I have completed my current projects.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have just completed a short film written by my 10-year-old daughter, Victoria, and stars my other daughter, Samantha (also 10 years old), as well as my wife, Carla called ‘Wanted’. I am currently animating another short film entitled, ‘A Mother’s Love’. Also started writing another short animated film tentatively entitled ‘Bloody Marry’. Last but not least, I am working on an outline for a possible Werewolf Novel (Untitled). Always working on something but can you really call it “work” if you love what you do?

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

Do your research. Watch films in the genre that you are planning to make your film in and really analyze the decisions the filmmaker made in filming them. Why did they use this type of shot? Why was this portion of the dialogue important? Really do deep dives on how and why these films were made in any particular way. Do not be afraid of constructive criticism. It can really be your best tool for future works. And, most important, just do it. Create your story and get it out there. As busy as life can get, there is always a way to find time to get your story done.

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