Interview with

Sammy Simmans

Director/Writer/Producer of

Sammy Simmans

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

The inspiration behind ‘Unmissed’ included the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit in the UK and how it affected the mental health of migrant workers from Europe. The general backlash that these hard working people from Eastern Europe endured was unjust in my eyes, and I wanted to make this film to show people the difficulties these people faced on a day to day basis just to make ends meet. Mental health issues are mostly linked in the media to males, and I wanted to show that the figures for mental health amongst females, although lower, is still prevalent, especially when it comes to self harm and suicidal thoughts. Being the psychological filmmaker that I am, obviously I had to throw in a fictional twist to the story! That not everyone you meet has your best intentions to heart. I hope the overall message for people suffering in silence encourages them to actually get help from people they know and trust.

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

I was very lucky to have a cast and crew, whom most I had worked with before, who fell in love with the script, therefore didn’t have any real issues with regards to the shoot. Thankfully I had locations booked which did not pose any issues for me, so although filmmaking is a challenge, it helps when everything runs relatively according to plan!

How has the short film been received?

The film has been received by the world beyond my expectations. Having been screened at film festivals across the world, from North America to Turkey, it has won awards in both Canada and Turkey, as well as having honourable mentions in Greece and the UK. ‘Unmissed’ has also been distributed on several platforms, including Think Shorts and Amazon Prime Video, and I have recently been approached by the CEO of another online short film platform for inclusion on their pay per view video on demand service.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have two further psychological thriller scripts which are ready to go. Unfortunately due to the on-going global pandemic and restrictions that have been placed on independent filmmakers, I have had to suspend filming until possibly the end of 2021. These projects are just as hard-hitting as ‘Unmissed’, and already have a line up of fantastic people to work with who can not wait to get started on the projects!

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

I would say keep it simple. For your first short film, don’t go all out taking out loans buying/renting every piece of specialised equipment. Start small, smart phones these days have fantastic recording capabilities and there are films out there which have been filmed entirely on a phone that look amazing! I have been on other peoples first time shoots to assist them wherever I can, and noticed that at least a quarter of the hired equipment wasn’t used! Once you have had a go, then look to make bigger plans, but again, keeping it simple. The best things come in small packages.

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Interview with

Sammy Simmans

Director/Writer/Producer of

Sammy Simmans

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

The inspiration behind ‘Unmissed’ included the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit in the UK and how it affected the mental health of migrant workers from Europe. The general backlash that these hard working people from Eastern Europe endured was unjust in my eyes, and I wanted to make this film to show people the difficulties these people faced on a day to day basis just to make ends meet. Mental health issues are mostly linked in the media to males, and I wanted to show that the figures for mental health amongst females, although lower, is still prevalent, especially when it comes to self harm and suicidal thoughts. Being the psychological filmmaker that I am, obviously I had to throw in a fictional twist to the story! That not everyone you meet has your best intentions to heart. I hope the overall message for people suffering in silence encourages them to actually get help from people they know and trust.

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

I was very lucky to have a cast and crew, whom most I had worked with before, who fell in love with the script, therefore didn’t have any real issues with regards to the shoot. Thankfully I had locations booked which did not pose any issues for me, so although filmmaking is a challenge, it helps when everything runs relatively according to plan!

How has the short film been received?

The film has been received by the world beyond my expectations. Having been screened at film festivals across the world, from North America to Turkey, it has won awards in both Canada and Turkey, as well as having honourable mentions in Greece and the UK. ‘Unmissed’ has also been distributed on several platforms, including Think Shorts and Amazon Prime Video, and I have recently been approached by the CEO of another online short film platform for inclusion on their pay per view video on demand service.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I have two further psychological thriller scripts which are ready to go. Unfortunately due to the on-going global pandemic and restrictions that have been placed on independent filmmakers, I have had to suspend filming until possibly the end of 2021. These projects are just as hard-hitting as ‘Unmissed’, and already have a line up of fantastic people to work with who can not wait to get started on the projects!

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

I would say keep it simple. For your first short film, don’t go all out taking out loans buying/renting every piece of specialised equipment. Start small, smart phones these days have fantastic recording capabilities and there are films out there which have been filmed entirely on a phone that look amazing! I have been on other peoples first time shoots to assist them wherever I can, and noticed that at least a quarter of the hired equipment wasn’t used! Once you have had a go, then look to make bigger plans, but again, keeping it simple. The best things come in small packages.

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