What was the inspiration behind making this short film?
Fabric of Time was made for the 48-Hour Film Project, Boston. If you haven’t participated before, the basic premise is that you put together a team with no real idea of what you’ll be doing. On Friday night, each team draws their film’s genre. (We got Time Travel. Different teams get different genres.) Then every team is given some common elements that MUST appear in your film. That year, we had: a piece of chocolate, Ivan Wright (a decorator), and the dialog line “You’re making a big mistake.” You then have 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and turn in your finished short film!
Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?
Making a film in 48 hours is the challenge! In the few years I did the contest, trying to come up with a good story so quickly is one of the hardest parts. Trying to come up with something that makes sense, is entertaining, and will allow you to get some sleep before filming the next morning. Then you have to wake up and shot list and start filming right away while everyone is asking questions you don’t have answers to yet. We had a great team of crew members and cast though who really pulled through to make it work.
How has the short film been received?
The film’s been received pretty well. After the 48, it was accepted to screen at the New Hope Film Festival where it was one of the few nominees for Best Sci-Fi short film.
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?
Always! I’m finishing up some VFX shots on a short film called ‘Little Giant’, about a four year-old girl who faces off against and a giant, evil robot. Then I need to get back to the VFX editing on my longer short film, ‘PlaySpace’ about a girl who has to race into outer space to rescue her little sister who’s been kidnapped by a bad teddy bear and his teddy bear army. I also need to do the motion capture for that one, in order to animate the bears and another walking/talking stuffed doll. I’ve been editing these two for years and am itching to film something new – maybe something where I’m not also the editor and VFX guy! Or at least something with no VFX.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?
Come up with a great idea. It can be a moment or a full story, but have some kind of reason to it. It’ll be better if there’s some kind of set-up and payoff or character to it. And have a great ending! Unless they’re super frightening or funny, most films that are just “look at this thing happen” tend to be forgotten quickly. After that, don’t get too hung up on what gear you have. Find friends with something that’ll work and who know how to use that gear. Get good sound! Bad sound will kill your film. Feed your cast and crew well – ESPECIALLY if they’re not getting paid. It really shows your appreciation. But mostly, my advice is to just GO MAKE IT! Even if it turns out terrible. Learn from it and go make another, getting better each time.