Interview with Mark Moliterni, Award Winning Short Filmmaker (MY BUDDY)

Watching the Toronto audience discuss My Buddy was a first for me, and admittedly, a little bizarre. I’ve never had my work discussed and analyzed by strangers in a public setting. It was exciting to see that many of the themes I wanted to explore were understood, appreciated, and debated over by the audience.

– Director Mark Moliterni, on the WILDsound experience (Review)

Mark’s film “MY BUDDY” was the awarded Best Film at the WILDsound February 2015 film festival.

    WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the Festival:

Matthew Toffolo interview with Mark Moliterni:

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

Mark: The night I saw the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas (at the Carlton Cinema, ironically enough), I left the theater feeling incredibly inspired and desperate to create something. I had heard the song ‘My Buddy’ by the Alvino Rey Orchestra many times and had it in my Rolodex of ideas to base a film on. So I got home, and began drafting the plot and themes I wanted to explore, using my own grandparents as inspiration for Manny.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Mark: My Buddy was conceived of in February 2013. I worked on a couple drafts of the screenplay and then didn’t touch it for a few months. Then I pitched the film to the executive crew that summer and we got the green light from our school, Ryerson University, to produce it in September. Production took place in December and the film was finally finished in April 2014.

Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Mark: When I first dreamed up the idea for My Buddy I didn’t think I’d be able to produce it anytime soon. I figured I would need a lot of special effects for Win and that it’d be impossible to get an actor who could play the part convincingly. I finally finessed the idea enough to make it realistically producible on a limited budget. If it were not for my grandparents letting us take over their house for a week, Ryerson’s resources and the generous donation of time from our cast and crew (many of whom were toiling outside in the freezing cold rigging lights), we could not have produced My Buddy.

Matthew: In the moderation, we chatted with your actors. How was your personal experience working with them?

Mark: Vince Carlin and Ryan Anning are two of the easiest, nicest, and most patient actors a new director could work with. Watching them develop their characters and fall effortlessly into their roles over the course of the shoot was an absolute pleasure.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Mark: Probably The Lion King. My older brother wanted to watch it weekly (daily?) when we were kids. It’s still one of my favourite movies.

Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?

Mark: My first music video for Canadian band Parallels will be coming out later this year. I’m currently interning at two LA production companies in story development and hope to finish my first two feature film scripts by the end of the year.

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Watch the February 2015 Film Festival Films and Winners:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/february_2015_film_festival.html

Submit your Short Film to the Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submityourfilm.html

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