What was the inspiration behind making this short film?
My inspiration behind the short film was my latest rejection from drama school. I wanted to tell a story about how I was feeling at the time. It was also a coping mechanism for me. I wanted the viewer to really get in the shoes of someone who’s been lost for a while and is clinging on to his last hope at success. ‘Fone Call’ was really a film about my love of acting though my doubts about it actually coming to fruition. It also symbolises my ‘end’ as an actor and the start of something new.
Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?
Oh loads! It was filmed in the depths of lockdown so it had a crew of three. We had little to no budget, a day to film and around a month to finish post before festivals closed. Films like this are hard to complete well in this time frame and we nearly didn’t do it. The sound corrupted so nearly all dialogue was ADR. This of course extended post production and had less time for editing and polishing the film.
How has the short film been received?
The short film has had mixed reviews. It has been selected for a good few monthly film festivals and has a had four finalist selections and one winner. Much more than I had hoped for! Though it’s festival run is not quite over so we may see more awards? Hopefully!
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?
Yes! We are in pre-production of my new short. ‘Lacey Cheese’ which is a comedy/horror with a larger cast and production value than ‘Fone Call’. I don’t want to give away too much but stay tuned for some gossip in the coming months!
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?
Just have fun. Tell a story. Don’t go into it expecting to be featured at Sundance or win a BAFTA. Hey! It may happen but that’s not what it’s about. If you spend time on the story and the characters you’ll come through with a fantastic little film! Also remember that every film is a lesson and you’ll look back at it with your own criticism in a year. But that’s good! It shows you’ve grown as a film maker! Ultimately just have fun! I know it sounds trivial but if you’re not enjoying yourself… what’s the point?