Interview with

Justine S. Harrison

Writer/Producer/Star of

Justine S. Harrison

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I wrote ‘Next Seat App’ originally for a comedy sketch group I was performing with on stage. Then Cynthia, Denise, Julie and I created the production company ReelWomenNYC and were looking for pieces to produce. We pulled this one out and decided to make it a reality as a short comedy film. My inspiration was the genuine thought about what would happen on subways or mass public transit if there was an app that alerted people to which seat would free up next or which passenger was getting up or exiting at the next stop.

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

I think the biggest challenge was shooting on the NYC Subway system! But we made it happen. We chose a line that was a little less crowded and did it at off hours (late evening/early AM). It was a little nerve wracking but ended up working really well. We weren’t disturbed by anybody.

How has the short film been received?

‘Next Seat App’ has been received well. People think it’s funny and genuine. It was an Official Selection at the Chain NYC Film Festival where it screened in Manhattan. It was also a Finalist at the Guerilla Moviemaking Awards. It’s gotten popular on YouTube.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have an upcoming short film/pilot titled ‘Growth’ that was created for the Action Park Media/Victory Podcast Film Festival. It needed to be 3 minutes maximum and shot on an iPhone. We are waiting to hear back from that contest. We also intend to make it a little longer and submit it to festivals as a pilot. I’m currently in three features – ‘Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie’ on AppleTV+, ‘Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me’ – streaming on Q0sm, and ‘Circle’, which has a VOD and DVD release.

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

Just do it! Get a couple friends, grab your phone or an inexpensive camera, write something short and doable, and go at it! It won’t get done unless you make it happen.

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Interview with

Justine S. Harrison

Writer/Producer/Star of

Justine S. Harrison

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I wrote ‘Next Seat App’ originally for a comedy sketch group I was performing with on stage. Then Cynthia, Denise, Julie and I created the production company ReelWomenNYC and were looking for pieces to produce. We pulled this one out and decided to make it a reality as a short comedy film. My inspiration was the genuine thought about what would happen on subways or mass public transit if there was an app that alerted people to which seat would free up next or which passenger was getting up or exiting at the next stop.

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

I think the biggest challenge was shooting on the NYC Subway system! But we made it happen. We chose a line that was a little less crowded and did it at off hours (late evening/early AM). It was a little nerve wracking but ended up working really well. We weren’t disturbed by anybody.

How has the short film been received?

‘Next Seat App’ has been received well. People think it’s funny and genuine. It was an Official Selection at the Chain NYC Film Festival where it screened in Manhattan. It was also a Finalist at the Guerilla Moviemaking Awards. It’s gotten popular on YouTube.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have an upcoming short film/pilot titled ‘Growth’ that was created for the Action Park Media/Victory Podcast Film Festival. It needed to be 3 minutes maximum and shot on an iPhone. We are waiting to hear back from that contest. We also intend to make it a little longer and submit it to festivals as a pilot. I’m currently in three features – ‘Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie’ on AppleTV+, ‘Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me’ – streaming on Q0sm, and ‘Circle’, which has a VOD and DVD release.

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

Just do it! Get a couple friends, grab your phone or an inexpensive camera, write something short and doable, and go at it! It won’t get done unless you make it happen.

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