It’s always nice to hear feedback. I am glad that a lot of the audience saw Jeff as an inspiration to be yourself no matter what others might think of you.
– March Mercanti, on the WILDsound experience.
WATCH the ‘TOY BOY’ Audience FEEDBACK Video:
Matthew Toffolo interviews Director March Mercanti:
Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?
March: I started following Jeff on twitter about two years ago. His tweets caught my eye because they were either about a new toy purchase or a very stern/hilarious viewpoint on a topic. When I met up with him to discuss general fandom, it developed into myself making a film on Jeff.
Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
March: 3 months
Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
March: To be honest, Jeff was my biggest obstacle. We laugh about this now. But he was very controlling on how he wanted the film to be represented and what content I was showing. One example, we shot some stuff from his favourite collection, Jurassic Park, and I had to leave it on the cutting room floor in the editing room because it simply didn’t fit in with the other parts of the film. I think he is still mad at me for that. There were numerous other things he didn’t like. But Jeff gained some trust in me after he showed his parents and close friends a cut of the final project. Jeff was vulnerable when it came down to it and I thank him for that. His challenges he gave me were stressful but it helped us see eye to eye in the end of it all.
Matthew: You were at the festival, what was your favourite film that played at the festival besides your own?
March: My Buddy. It was diverse yet it used extremely easy story telling devices.
Matthew: Your subjects were at the festival too. They seem to relish on their 15 minutes of fame. We joked about a sequel. Think it will ever happen?
March: I don’t think Jeff will sell all of his toys any time soon but if he did I would be down to explore the possibilities. Jeff will always be interesting.
Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?
March: I am making my first comedy short film this spring/summer.