What was the inspiration behind making this short film?
Back in 2016, me and my best friend were both in film school and he wanted to write a script that could be shot in his grandma’s house, which would evolve around a child’s perspective of his parents separation. Initially, it felt almost like a micro-cinema exercise but we wanted to approach it with few dialogues, concentrating the narrative on the interaction between the characters and the elements, forms around the house.
Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?
Many. I believe that every independent film – short or feature – that is completed is a little miracle, considering all of the difficulties that pop-up in the way. In this case, we had no money at all to make the film, so it became a collective, a lot of people helping each other out, truly embracing the idea… except for the kid, the main character. His mother is an actress and wanted her kid to become one, but he didn’t care at all about it back then, so we had to deal with him – without any prior rehearsal – and the parents (because the father was also around, complaining and disturbing his own son). The result wasn’t nearly ideal, so we had to change the ending.
How has the short film been received?
We didn’t send it to festivals, the decision was to make it available online and the reception has since been pretty nice. I loved the idea of allowing the public to connect the dots, interpreting the visuals we give them.
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?
Many. I just finished my fourth and fifth post-college short-films (‘Interior’ was the first one I shot outside film school) and have a new ambitious project in mind. It’s a very expensive one, so we might take a while to produce it but we’re working on it. Besides the short-films, working on the script of a psychological-horror feature and on a passion project inspired by Agatha Christie’s whodunnits, inflicted by the situation in Brazil since 2018.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?
Take the lead. If you wait for someone to say “let’s do it”, you might wait forever. Just write it, produce it and tell people when and where to show up to shoot it.