Interview with

Jeff Walsh

Director/Writer of

Jeff Walsh

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I wanted to make a film that would be funny, had a few characters, and could be shot in an afternoon. I was on a walk by the baseball fields in the film and thought to myself “that it would make a good location for shooting something.” I went home, thought about a funny premise involving baseball, and instantly went to a comedic take on Field of Dreams. What if a guy built a baseball field but it didn’t work out exactly as he thought it would? I thought about how much time, money, and effort that would actually take to build a damn baseball field by yourself and if you did actually go through with it, would anyone even care? Also, what are the credentials of the voice telling you to build it? Maybe they’re wrong?

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

Compared to some of the other BackyardBoyz shoots or shooting anywhere outside, there were not many challenges that happened on this one. The main thing was probably that we shot this during the afternoon in the middle of summer in Austin, TX. It was pretty toasty out but what you’d expect.

How has the short film been received?

This short was accepted into several film festivals that we submitted to and we’ve gotten good feedback. This was pretty surprising for us as it was written, shot, and edited in less than a week so it was great to see that it came together and that people enjoyed it!

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

We have 2 films and several shorts in production as well as a bunch of other sketches & short films written and ready to film. We should be cranking out more stuff this year!

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

For me, learning as much as possible about audio and story structure is key. Those two seem to be the most difficult parts of filmmaking but also the most important.

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Interview with

Jeff Walsh

Director/Writer of

Jeff Walsh

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I wanted to make a film that would be funny, had a few characters, and could be shot in an afternoon. I was on a walk by the baseball fields in the film and thought to myself “that it would make a good location for shooting something.” I went home, thought about a funny premise involving baseball, and instantly went to a comedic take on Field of Dreams. What if a guy built a baseball field but it didn’t work out exactly as he thought it would? I thought about how much time, money, and effort that would actually take to build a damn baseball field by yourself and if you did actually go through with it, would anyone even care? Also, what are the credentials of the voice telling you to build it? Maybe they’re wrong?

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

Compared to some of the other BackyardBoyz shoots or shooting anywhere outside, there were not many challenges that happened on this one. The main thing was probably that we shot this during the afternoon in the middle of summer in Austin, TX. It was pretty toasty out but what you’d expect.

How has the short film been received?

This short was accepted into several film festivals that we submitted to and we’ve gotten good feedback. This was pretty surprising for us as it was written, shot, and edited in less than a week so it was great to see that it came together and that people enjoyed it!

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

We have 2 films and several shorts in production as well as a bunch of other sketches & short films written and ready to film. We should be cranking out more stuff this year!

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

For me, learning as much as possible about audio and story structure is key. Those two seem to be the most difficult parts of filmmaking but also the most important.

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