Interview with

Yannick Dietz

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Yannick Dietz

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

At this point it’s kind of a “yearly thing” that my friend and me are making a new horror film. After our “successful” Short Film ‘Don’t Look Twice’ from 2017 and our other horror short films like ‘Pentagramm’ from 2018 or our newest one which is called ‘POLAROiD’ from 2020/21, we created ‘The Parking Lot’ also in 2020. The idea was to make a horror short film just taking place in one particular small space – the car. Of course we have the chasing scene through the woods in the beginning but it just kind of “leads up” to our main location in the car. So we wanted to pack as much suspense and (fake) jump scares in the small space all leading up to the main “scary thing” which is revealed at the end and should leave you with a “Oh no, it was there all along!”.

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

We shot at a parking lot (hence the name) and besides of course using our LED film lights we also used the street light as a practical light above the car. We started shooting at the parking lot at 9:30 pm because we didn’t want any people there. The streetlight however turned off at 12:00 pm, so we just had a window of 2,5 hours to shoot, otherwise we would have had to shoot the rest on another day. But fortunately we managed to get it done in time just minutes before the light went out.

How has the short film been received?

The short film has been received very well! It doesn’t have as many clicks on YouTube as our other horror short films like, ‘Don’t Look Twice’ (also available on Think Shorts), but since we released it around the time of Halloween we got featured on the front page of the newspapers and also in a few major online articles. So we didn’t just get a lot of good feedback on the film itself but I actually got a ton of messages even from people I hadn’t heard of in a while because they saw my article in the newspaper. (I didn’t know SO MANY people are STILL reading the newspaper… this was CRAZY!)

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I upload 2-3 videos every single week on my YouTube Channel (YannickFilms). They are mostly based around filmmaking content and every now and then we release a new horror short film (or other short films). We also have 2 more planned and we want to start the production soon, so stay tuned for these new projects!

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

Just go out and shoot your short film, I know everyone’s saying that, but for real. If you’re never actually starting, you’ll be stuck in the planning phase forever. And you’re just going to learn from each project you’re doing (especially in the beginning), so don’t be scared to make “mistakes” in you first few films, everyone made them! Also: You can always just make another film and you won’t make the same “mistakes” you made in the first ones. You’re just going to get better and better, isn’t that awesome?!

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Interview with

Yannick Dietz

Yannick Dietz of

Yannick Dietz

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

At this point it’s kind of a “yearly thing” that my friend and me are making a new horror film. After our “successful” Short Film ‘Don’t Look Twice’ from 2017 and our other horror short films like ‘Pentagramm’ from 2018 or our newest one which is called ‘POLAROiD’ from 2020/21, we created ‘The Parking Lot’ also in 2020. The idea was to make a horror short film just taking place in one particular small space – the car. Of course we have the chasing scene through the woods in the beginning but it just kind of “leads up” to our main location in the car. So we wanted to pack as much suspense and (fake) jump scares in the small space all leading up to the main “scary thing” which is revealed at the end and should leave you with a “Oh no, it was there all along!”.

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

We shot at a parking lot (hence the name) and besides of course using our LED film lights we also used the street light as a practical light above the car. We started shooting at the parking lot at 9:30 pm because we didn’t want any people there. The streetlight however turned off at 12:00 pm, so we just had a window of 2,5 hours to shoot, otherwise we would have had to shoot the rest on another day. But fortunately we managed to get it done in time just minutes before the light went out.

How has the short film been received?

The short film has been received very well! It doesn’t have as many clicks on YouTube as our other horror short films like, ‘Don’t Look Twice’ (also available on Think Shorts), but since we released it around the time of Halloween we got featured on the front page of the newspapers and also in a few major online articles. So we didn’t just get a lot of good feedback on the film itself but I actually got a ton of messages even from people I hadn’t heard of in a while because they saw my article in the newspaper. (I didn’t know SO MANY people are STILL reading the newspaper… this was CRAZY!)

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I upload 2-3 videos every single week on my YouTube Channel (YannickFilms). They are mostly based around filmmaking content and every now and then we release a new horror short film (or other short films). We also have 2 more planned and we want to start the production soon, so stay tuned for these new projects!

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

Just go out and shoot your short film, I know everyone’s saying that, but for real. If you’re never actually starting, you’ll be stuck in the planning phase forever. And you’re just going to learn from each project you’re doing (especially in the beginning), so don’t be scared to make “mistakes” in you first few films, everyone made them! Also: You can always just make another film and you won’t make the same “mistakes” you made in the first ones. You’re just going to get better and better, isn’t that awesome?!

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