Interview with

Victoria Vertuga

Writer/Producer/Star of

Victoria Vertuga

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

Me and Eric (my co-writer and co-producer) are both big comedy horror fans. We had come off a very challenging project and wanted to write and produce something that would be super fun for us, thus We Accept Cash was born. We loved the mix of the quirky characters and how they all related to each other.

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

This film was actually pretty smooth sailing! We had just come off shooting a pilot which had it’s share of hiccups. This was only a one day shoot which made things much easier. We were able to cast it entirely based on people I know and have worked with in the past which was fantastic. We knew exactly what they would bring to the roles and to set and it allowed us to have a really great time shooting. In general I like to compare production to weddings. It’s SO much time spent planning every last detail and getting ready for this giant event, and on they day (or days) of things are bound to go wrong. I think the most important thing to remember is not to sweat the small stuff, and even if something huge goes wrong, to keep calm and keep a positive attitude. The ingenuity of creative people never fails to astound me and as long as you keep your cool you can get through any issues that arise.

How has the short film been received?

It’s had a great reception. We had a nice festival run with it and really just a lot of fun making it. We’re actually now working on creating a half hour pilot based on the characters, which has also been great.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Absolutely! We have a webseries that has just begun it’s festival run called ‘DisGraced’. It’s a dark comedy about an actress who had what she thought was her “big break” as the lead in the 3rd installment of an action franchise only to see it become a commercial and critical flop. Our series takes place 5 years later as she’s attempting to claw her way back up the ladder. It explores all the sexism and superficiality of Hollywood- everyone’s obsession with the next bright and shiny thing, and how people are only treated as well as whatever they can do for someone. We also have a horror feature called Lexi that is in post production right now. It’s a very experimental film that we wrote and shot entirely during lockdown in the pandemic. It’s a mockumentary format that explores the mysterious disappearance of a self improvement influencer.

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

Get out there and do it! Shorts are such a great way to experiment, get your sea legs, and try new things. They can be a fantastic jumping off point for both features and series or just a fun way to explore an idea or concept that doesn’t lend itself to another format as well. Always remember the WHY! I think we all got into this business because we absolutely love storytelling and cinema, but it can be easy to lose that why in the midst of rejection and setbacks. You set the tone for your set so if that joy is present from you, it will be present from everybody. Remind your cast and crew why they’re in this business in the first place and have fun!

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Interview with

Victoria Vertuga

Writer/Producer/Star of

Victoria Vertuga

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

Me and Eric (my co-writer and co-producer) are both big comedy horror fans. We had come off a very challenging project and wanted to write and produce something that would be super fun for us, thus We Accept Cash was born. We loved the mix of the quirky characters and how they all related to each other.

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

This film was actually pretty smooth sailing! We had just come off shooting a pilot which had it’s share of hiccups. This was only a one day shoot which made things much easier. We were able to cast it entirely based on people I know and have worked with in the past which was fantastic. We knew exactly what they would bring to the roles and to set and it allowed us to have a really great time shooting. In general I like to compare production to weddings. It’s SO much time spent planning every last detail and getting ready for this giant event, and on they day (or days) of things are bound to go wrong. I think the most important thing to remember is not to sweat the small stuff, and even if something huge goes wrong, to keep calm and keep a positive attitude. The ingenuity of creative people never fails to astound me and as long as you keep your cool you can get through any issues that arise.

How has the short film been received?

It’s had a great reception. We had a nice festival run with it and really just a lot of fun making it. We’re actually now working on creating a half hour pilot based on the characters, which has also been great.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Absolutely! We have a webseries that has just begun it’s festival run called ‘DisGraced’. It’s a dark comedy about an actress who had what she thought was her “big break” as the lead in the 3rd installment of an action franchise only to see it become a commercial and critical flop. Our series takes place 5 years later as she’s attempting to claw her way back up the ladder. It explores all the sexism and superficiality of Hollywood- everyone’s obsession with the next bright and shiny thing, and how people are only treated as well as whatever they can do for someone. We also have a horror feature called Lexi that is in post production right now. It’s a very experimental film that we wrote and shot entirely during lockdown in the pandemic. It’s a mockumentary format that explores the mysterious disappearance of a self improvement influencer.

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

Get out there and do it! Shorts are such a great way to experiment, get your sea legs, and try new things. They can be a fantastic jumping off point for both features and series or just a fun way to explore an idea or concept that doesn’t lend itself to another format as well. Always remember the WHY! I think we all got into this business because we absolutely love storytelling and cinema, but it can be easy to lose that why in the midst of rejection and setbacks. You set the tone for your set so if that joy is present from you, it will be present from everybody. Remind your cast and crew why they’re in this business in the first place and have fun!

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