Interview with

Kenneth Livitski

Director/Writer/Producer/Actor of

Kenneth Livitski

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I had a couple shorts in the pipeline that I was planning to shoot in 2020, but due to the pandemic, I wasn’t going to be able to go ahead with them. I still wanted to make SOMETHING, though, so while I was home during one of the many stay-at-home orders, I figured I’d shoot a small short with just myself. I was looking around my house, figuring how or what I’d shoot, and I came to the conclusion that due to my home’s age and the fact that it’s still sporting skeleton key doors, a ghost story would be the way to go.

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

The main challenge was to shoot something with no good equipment. All I had access to was my iPhone, so that was the camera. I had to use natural lighting from my windows, so I went black and white. The audio was nothing fantastic and shot through my phone, so all of the sound was removed from what was shot and added in by composer/audio guru Ethan Myers. There was also the fact that I’d be shooting it entirely by myself — which wasn’t going to be an easy task. Luckily for me, my brother James was able to come by to assist with the shots. He even pops up in the film as “the guest”.

How has the short film been received?

It’s been received really well! Family and close friends were obviously giving great notes, but I was surprised by how many people I didn’t know at all that were giving praise. That felt good and it was really appreciated! I just finished showing it at the spring HorrorHound Film Festival and it was very well-received there, too.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have several in the pipeline, but again, everything is dependent on this pandemic right now and whether things get better soon. I have a feature-length horror titled ‘Quiver’ that was shot nearly a decade ago that’s wrapping up visual effects in the post production stage. I wrote and produced that project and I’m really hoping that this is the year that people finally get to see it! Other than that, I have a couple more shorts that I want to shoot and I’m also starting work on my first independent comic book with my brother. I also run a podcast through Geek Pants Media that can be seen on YouTube or heard through SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

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

Just go for it! The chances of your first film being good or great is slim, but at the end of it, you’re a director. And trust me, getting to show something that you created is an amazing feeling!

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Interview with

Kenneth Livitski

Director/Writer/Producer/Actor of

Kenneth Livitski

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I had a couple shorts in the pipeline that I was planning to shoot in 2020, but due to the pandemic, I wasn’t going to be able to go ahead with them. I still wanted to make SOMETHING, though, so while I was home during one of the many stay-at-home orders, I figured I’d shoot a small short with just myself. I was looking around my house, figuring how or what I’d shoot, and I came to the conclusion that due to my home’s age and the fact that it’s still sporting skeleton key doors, a ghost story would be the way to go.

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

The main challenge was to shoot something with no good equipment. All I had access to was my iPhone, so that was the camera. I had to use natural lighting from my windows, so I went black and white. The audio was nothing fantastic and shot through my phone, so all of the sound was removed from what was shot and added in by composer/audio guru Ethan Myers. There was also the fact that I’d be shooting it entirely by myself — which wasn’t going to be an easy task. Luckily for me, my brother James was able to come by to assist with the shots. He even pops up in the film as “the guest”.

How has the short film been received?

It’s been received really well! Family and close friends were obviously giving great notes, but I was surprised by how many people I didn’t know at all that were giving praise. That felt good and it was really appreciated! I just finished showing it at the spring HorrorHound Film Festival and it was very well-received there, too.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have several in the pipeline, but again, everything is dependent on this pandemic right now and whether things get better soon. I have a feature-length horror titled ‘Quiver’ that was shot nearly a decade ago that’s wrapping up visual effects in the post production stage. I wrote and produced that project and I’m really hoping that this is the year that people finally get to see it! Other than that, I have a couple more shorts that I want to shoot and I’m also starting work on my first independent comic book with my brother. I also run a podcast through Geek Pants Media that can be seen on YouTube or heard through SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

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

Just go for it! The chances of your first film being good or great is slim, but at the end of it, you’re a director. And trust me, getting to show something that you created is an amazing feeling!

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