Interview with

Rod Lara

Director/Writer/Producer of

Rod Lara

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

Morbidly strange as it may sound, living through harsh Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 here in Melbourne, Australia, and hearing of other countries living through similar conditions due to this pandemic inspired my short film ‘Isolation’. Especially seeing the creative ways my friends would celebrate their birthdays on social media. I gave my character in my film the enthusiasm of preparing for such celebration, yet nobody to share such joy with as he finds himself in upmost isolation.

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

The main two challenges faced during the making of ‘Isolation’ was communicating with my composer and sound design (the magnificent Moxie) via Drobox. I couldn’t travel to his music studio so freely, so everything was done from our homes and “throw” files back and forth. Internet was our friend! Other challenge was the purchase of the props needed for the film (cupcake and candles). There was a shortage of items at my local supermarket, as well as adhering to time restrictions to venture outside of our homes. The behind the scenes of ‘Isolation’ would’ve also made interesting viewing.

How has the short film been received?

I was surprised at how well ‘Isolation’ has been received. Being a mime artist and actor for many years, my natural progression was to make a silent film using my character Banjo. Being in lockdown and not much to do during that period, I got creative with making a film and hoped for the best… and best it did! ‘Isolation’ won 2nd place at the 2020 isolation Film Festival (Aus) and participant at the Isolation Film Festival in UK. ‘Isolation’ is now being distributed and screened around the world thanks to Urban Screen Productions. My film speaks an international language as it is solely visual, and its theme very relatable.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have caught the filmmaking bug, so I’m planning to create more films of similar genre. Writing scripts with no dialogues comes very natural to me. I’ve just completed another short film aptly titled ‘Lockdown’ which can also be found here on Think Shorts, which also stars my character Banjo. My next project is hopefully a film to be screened around the Christmas period. A message of hope and humanity.

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

Best advice to any body wanting to create a film, or simply express their artistic endeavors, is to go out and do it. Grab your phone camera and a basic editing software, and experiment. Such filmmaking tools are so accessible these days and everyone’s vision is unique.

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Interview with

Rod Lara

Director/Writer/Producer of

Rod Lara

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

Morbidly strange as it may sound, living through harsh Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 here in Melbourne, Australia, and hearing of other countries living through similar conditions due to this pandemic inspired my short film ‘Isolation’. Especially seeing the creative ways my friends would celebrate their birthdays on social media. I gave my character in my film the enthusiasm of preparing for such celebration, yet nobody to share such joy with as he finds himself in upmost isolation.

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

The main two challenges faced during the making of ‘Isolation’ was communicating with my composer and sound design (the magnificent Moxie) via Drobox. I couldn’t travel to his music studio so freely, so everything was done from our homes and “throw” files back and forth. Internet was our friend! Other challenge was the purchase of the props needed for the film (cupcake and candles). There was a shortage of items at my local supermarket, as well as adhering to time restrictions to venture outside of our homes. The behind the scenes of ‘Isolation’ would’ve also made interesting viewing.

How has the short film been received?

I was surprised at how well ‘Isolation’ has been received. Being a mime artist and actor for many years, my natural progression was to make a silent film using my character Banjo. Being in lockdown and not much to do during that period, I got creative with making a film and hoped for the best… and best it did! ‘Isolation’ won 2nd place at the 2020 isolation Film Festival (Aus) and participant at the Isolation Film Festival in UK. ‘Isolation’ is now being distributed and screened around the world thanks to Urban Screen Productions. My film speaks an international language as it is solely visual, and its theme very relatable.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have caught the filmmaking bug, so I’m planning to create more films of similar genre. Writing scripts with no dialogues comes very natural to me. I’ve just completed another short film aptly titled ‘Lockdown’ which can also be found here on Think Shorts, which also stars my character Banjo. My next project is hopefully a film to be screened around the Christmas period. A message of hope and humanity.

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

Best advice to any body wanting to create a film, or simply express their artistic endeavors, is to go out and do it. Grab your phone camera and a basic editing software, and experiment. Such filmmaking tools are so accessible these days and everyone’s vision is unique.

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