You may have combed through the exciting list of NFF18 features, but have you explored our shorts?
Both stories deal with connection: Dotty is the story of a stubborn old lady who struggles to send a text message to her daughter, and Crazy Love tells the story of a young couple in love, their very different ideas about the future, and a pirate's party.
Dotty's Mick Andrews:
NFF: Is this short based on your own life and/or family?
Andrews: Not directly, no. Although I had definitely experienced the frustration that comes with teaching an older person (OK fine, my Mum) to use technology. When I wrote this, Brett and I had just finished a third draft of a TV pilot set in a nursing home so old people were wandering about in my head at the time – trying desperately to find an exit.
NFF: Do you think the way we communicate now enhances or changes intimacy?
Andrews: Hmmm, that’s deep. I personally think the more we communicate with each other over the internet instead of face to face the more likely we are to become alienated, disconnected and lonely. I read a study recently that found that teenagers who spend more time on the internet are more prone to depression. Call me a luddite, but I think there’s no substitute for a beer and a bit of banter.
NFF: Do you have any plans to turn this short into a feature?
Andrews: That would be one heck of a magic trick. Yeah, Brett and I are currently generating ideas for a feature film set in a nursing home. It’s bringing up a lot of exciting themes and layered characters for us to explore.
NFF: What's coming up next for you?
Andrews: Brett and I are applying for public funding for a new short film in a month’s time. As I said, I’m working on a feature in a nursing home which Brett will help me with. Brett is working on a compelling idea for a feature set a couple centuries ago, which I’ll help him with. So there’s some exciting stuff on the horizon.
Crazy Love's Alexandra Brodsky:
NFF: How do you approach telling a story in a short differently than a feature?
Brodsky: Generally I think of a short film as having different story telling conventions than a feature. I'm not trying to pack a whole "story arc" into 10 minutes, so it's really an opportunity to describe a moment, a detail...maybe a more ephemeral idea or mood.
NFF: Was there any room for input or improvisation from the actors? How did you know they were the right actors for the part/s?
Brodsky: While I usually encourage actors to improvise, this short was 100% scripted. Of course the actors brought his/her unique rhythm and physicality to the roles. Michael Esper appeared in my feature, Bittersweet Place, and I wrote the male lead specifically for him. I adore his ability to play comedy with tremendous commitment and earnestness. Natalia I met later...I responded to her earnest quality, too--the two characters in the film are extremely earnest so this was a quality I sought in the actors.
NFF: What should NFF audiences take away from the film?
Brodsky: I'd love for the audience to wonder what will become of this couple. What will occur just after the last frame?
NFF: What's next for you?
Brodsky: I'm presently developing a script called American Bollywood based on my experience as a Bollywood screenwriter. I'vebeen shooting a documentary about my father, the painter, Stan Brodsky. And my babies, Samuel and Ava were born in January and they've been keeping me pretty busy too!