Interview with

Randy Mack

director of

Randy Mack

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

This film was a response to a challenge from New Orleans film club TIMECODE: NOLA, who asked local filmmakers to make a super-8mm film using a single roll of Tri-X reversal film and editing in-camera.

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

To edit “in camera” meant that we only had one take for each shot, and had to shoot in chronological order. And to complicate this, we wrote an ensemble story with 14 characters following six plotlines in real time. For production, I clocked out the position of the sun over a day in our bar location in New Orleans, and wrote the film so the action followed the light, which allowed us to shoot using only natural light. The complex story meant our composer Bill Malchow had to write multiple themes that changed on a dime, and then perform the challenging score live.

How has the short film been received?

Very well! It premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival and was voted the #2 Super-8mm film in American by Indi.com. It is a perennial favorite among New Orleans cinephiles.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

After this film, I wrote and directed the feature ‘Laundry Day’ using several of the cast from 5ML and a similar milieu. ‘Laundry Day’ won the Best Film jury prize at Cineflix Film Festival and was acquired for distribution by Summer Hill Films.

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

Watch Sean Baker’s ‘TANGERINE’ and then go use your iPhone to explore storytelling with your friends.

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Interview with

Randy Mack

director of

Randy Mack

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

This film was a response to a challenge from New Orleans film club TIMECODE: NOLA, who asked local filmmakers to make a super-8mm film using a single roll of Tri-X reversal film and editing in-camera.

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

To edit “in camera” meant that we only had one take for each shot, and had to shoot in chronological order. And to complicate this, we wrote an ensemble story with 14 characters following six plotlines in real time. For production, I clocked out the position of the sun over a day in our bar location in New Orleans, and wrote the film so the action followed the light, which allowed us to shoot using only natural light. The complex story meant our composer Bill Malchow had to write multiple themes that changed on a dime, and then perform the challenging score live.

How has the short film been received?

Very well! It premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival and was voted the #2 Super-8mm film in American by Indi.com. It is a perennial favorite among New Orleans cinephiles.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

After this film, I wrote and directed the feature ‘Laundry Day’ using several of the cast from 5ML and a similar milieu. ‘Laundry Day’ won the Best Film jury prize at Cineflix Film Festival and was acquired for distribution by Summer Hill Films.

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

Watch Sean Baker’s ‘TANGERINE’ and then go use your iPhone to explore storytelling with your friends.

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