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Interview with John Plas

Director/Writer/Star of

John Plas

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I always wanted to direct a film that is relatable to a large audience. Undoubtedly, I am fond of witty comedy. Therefore, I meant to direct a film that could combine the sense of humor of the hugely successful TV sitcom ‘Friends’ and the ‘New Girl’ series. I had the acting and directing bug in me for as long as I can remember myself. In terms of writing, I do find inspiration in the political and financial aspects of society. Nevertheless, I am more inspired by everyday struggles faced by everyday people. 

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

It is such an interesting question. The cold harsh reality is that there will always be challenges while shooting your first film. First of all, securing funding was challenging. Second of all, it took considerable amount of time and research in order to find the right production company. I do remember that it took significant team effort to polish the shooting screenplay. During pre-production we had shortcomings in attaching the suitable and available cast. It is certain that editing and creating the poster were challenging tasks. At this point I would like to stress out the importance of Identifying and submitting to the appropriate Film Festivals; this can elevate the chances of your film to be picked by a Distributor and move on to directing your second short film. 

How has the short film been received?

It is very fortunate that the short film that I wrote, directed and starred in has been the Official Selection, Semi-Finalist and Finalist at 12 Film Festivals up to this date. Finalist at: Jelly Film Fest, Kosice International, FLICKFAIR Film Festival (LA), Prague International Monthly Film Festival.  Semi Finalist at: Indie X Los Angeles Film Festival, Lisbon Rendezvous Film Festival. Official Selection at: Best of Latin America Short Film Festival, Cefalu Film Festival, Lift Off Global Film Festival, BeBop Channel New York Film Festival, Kalakari Film Festival, Meihodo Film Festival Japan. On another note, I would like to mention that I am a member of the pre-selection committee at the Oscar Qualifying Bermuda International Film Festival.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

My next project will be a short film called ‘Paciencia o El Solitario’, cantered around Latinx LGBTIQ+ Youth. I aspire to secure funding for this screenplay I am currently developing about the central character of “Pedrito”. The main story is about this non-binary young student who is struggling with a physical deformity after a devastating accident. Their family is unsure about how to support them but at the end Pedrito pursues their dream and succeed. It will be a socially relevant film, touching the hearts of viewers. Concurrently, I am developing a feature film version of this script.  An ideal aspiration of mine would be to direct my upcoming feature film, ‘Resurrection’, a cultural drama which mainly revolves around “Andrew”, who is the protagonist and his close friend “Adriana”. They are both Neurosurgery residents with a shared passion for acting. However, they both get stabbed in the back by Steven Fitzpatrick, a Hollywood Executive and other Hospital medical staff. Ultimately, they overcome their obstacles and succeed. I aspire to put this feature project to the production stage in the next couple of years and to spread pivotal messages through my films and plays, such as unity, diversity, conscientiousness, and critical thinking, for in my opinion, every film serves a societal goal. 

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

First of all, it is important to draw your inspiration on an engaging story. It is essential to devote time and energy in order to write a very interesting and thoughtful script. My advice is to try and secure part of the funding on your own. You have to think of it as an investment on your future career. Funding and exposure is also plausible by submitting to screenplay competitions. In addition, it is absolutely necessary to submit to as many Film Festivals as possible. You need to do your homework on the most suitable Film Festivals for your films. This means that you also have to Identify and know the audience of each film. Some of the challenges involved in directing your first film can be overcome by attending a Film School where you can master the craft of filmmaking, create connections and hopefully secure funding for the thesis film. You should try and create as much positive publicity of the film as possible. 

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