May 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Read 14 interviews from up and coming filmmakers that had their film shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival events. By Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Filmmaker Andy Fortenbacher (ORNAMENT OF BEAUTY)
Interview with Filmmaker Andy Fortenbacher (ORNAMENT OF BEAUTY)

Interview with Filmmaker Christian Arnold (CHRICKE)
Interview with Filmmaker Christian Arnold (CHRICKE)

Interview with Filmmaker Declan Quinlan (BOY)
Interview with Filmmaker Declan Quinlan (BOY)

Interview with Filmmaker Mark McKinsey (VOWS)
Interview with Filmmaker Mark McKinsey (VOWS)

Interview with Filmmaker Ramon Blanquer (SAMFAELINI: BUSBY BERKELEY’S DREAM ABERRATIONS)
Interview with Filmmaker Ramon Blanquer (SAMFAELINI: BUSBY BERKELEY’S DREAM ABERRATIONS)

Interview with Filmmaker Dazhi Huang (NIGHT LIVE)
Interview with Filmmaker Dazhi Huang (NIGHT LIVE)

Interview with Filmmaker Sari Eran Herskovitz (TRAIN)
Interview with Filmmaker Sari Eran Herskovitz (TRAIN)

Interview with Filmmaker Kat Scott (EPINEPHRINE)
Interview with Filmmaker Kat Scott (EPINEPHRINE)

Interview with Filmmaker Shaun Wright (A GOOD BLINDER)
Interview with Filmmaker Shaun Wright (A GOOD BLINDER)

Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Nacci (VOICES)
Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Nacci (VOICES)

Interview with Filmmaker Leigh Bloomfield (THE NIGHT SKY)
Interview with Filmmaker Leigh Bloomfield (THE NIGHT SKY)

Interview with Filmmaker John Vollmer (JOY! BLUE MOON)
Interview with Filmmaker John Vollmer (JOY! BLUE MOON)

Interview with Filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan (I PROMISED HER LIFE)
Interview with Filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan (I PROMISED HER LIFE)

Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlin Creadon (FOR THE LOVE OF THE CHILD)
Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlin Creadon (FOR THE LOVE OF THE CHILD)

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May 2018 – Read the best of Film Festival Interviews

Here what they have to say about FilmFreeway too!

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)

FilmFreeway is great! We use it exclusively for our festival. I like to have everything in one place. It is my submission site of preference when submitting as well so I’m a huge fan here!

Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)

FilmFreeway is incredible. We used other services in the past but now take submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway because it is easy to use and the customer service is outstanding.

Interview with Festival Director Marc D. Lyons (Variety International Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Marc D. Lyons (Variety International Film Festival)

We love partnering with filmfreeway!, its literally a one stop shop for fillmakers and festivals!, we can screen and judge all in one place. It makes life so much easier not having to chase down the many different formats films today come in.

Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))

It’s a great service! I think we were the 4th festival to sign up for them a few years back and since day one they have been responsive and helpful with any questions we have had. They also work hard to improve the service and are always adding useful services and tools.

Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)

So far, so good. The submissions have been trickling in slowly, probably because we’re a first year festival and our final deadline is still a ways off. We’re mostly getting submissions for short films right now and looking forward to seeing more features come our way.

Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))
Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))

The submission process has been great. Last year we got on the Top-100 Best Reviewed Festivals list for quite a while, which definitely boosted our submissions significantly. Furthermore, we have noticed filmmakers whose works we have previously screened resubmitting to us, which is always nice to see. The only downside is that the amount of quality submissions we receive makes the selection process very hard.

Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)

So far, so good. I found FilmFreeway to be very user friendly as a filmmaker myself, and its entry process helped me win about half of my film and TV Awards. Running Avalonia Festival on it is also​ relatively​ easy, time consuming at times, but nothing I can’t handle. ​

April 2018 – Read interview with TOP upcoming directors.

Read interviews with top filmmakers from around the world today. By Matthew Toffolo.

Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)
Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)

Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)

Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)
Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)

Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)
Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)
Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)

Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)
Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)

Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)
Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)

Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)
Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)

Interview with Filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi (THE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/16/interview-with-filmmaker-sara-zia-ebrahimi-the-fbi-blew-up-my-ice-skates/

April 2018 – Interviews with Film Festival Directors

Read 4 interviews with some of the top Film Festival Director’s in the world today.

Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))
Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))

It’s a great service! I think we were the 4th festival to sign up for them a few years back and since day one they have been responsive and helpful with any questions we have had. They also work hard to improve the service and are always adding useful services and tools.

Interview with Festival Director Terra Renee (African American Women In Cinema)
Interview with Festival Director Terra Renee (African American Women In Cinema)

It’s really simple and to the point, not much of an issue.

Interview with Festival Director Amanda Drewniak (Ardor Creative Media)
Interview with Festival Director Amanda Drewniak (Ardor Creative Media)

I personal feel the FilmFreeway process has definitely made receiving submissions easier. It helps me organize submitted films into subcategories and helps me stay organized for the Best Of at the end of the year.

Interview with Festival Director Frances-Anne Solomon (CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF))
Interview with Festival Director Frances-Anne Solomon (CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF))

As a programming team it has been wonderful, in that, our comments and thoughts are very visible and accessible. We aren’t necessarily finding an audience on Film Freeway but those who have submitted have noted that it has been a smooth process.

April 2018 – Interview with TOP Cinematographers working today.

Enclosed are 5 interviews with some of the TOP Cinematographers working in the Film & TV industry today. By Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Cinematographer Rasmus Heise (I KILL GIANTS)
Interview with Cinematographer Rasmus Heise (I KILL GIANTS)

Interview with Cinematographer Christophe Graillot (A Bag of Marbles, La Garde)
Interview with Cinematographer Christophe Graillot (A Bag of Marbles, La Garde)

Interview with Cinematographer Dan Stoloff (Suits, The Americans, Zoo)
Interview with Cinematographer Dan Stoloff (Suits, The Americans, Zoo)

Interview with Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Isle of Dogs, ParaNorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox)
Interview with Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Isle of Dogs, ParaNorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Interview with Cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All is Lost)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/16/interview-with-cinematographer-frank-g-demarco-hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-all-is-lost/

March 2018 – Interviews with TOP FILM COMPOSERS working today:

Matthew Toffolo interviews some of the top Film Composers working in the industry today. Great insights on what it takes to succeed in any field in the movie business:

Interview with Composer Mateo Messina (JUNO, BREAKERS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/08/interview-with-composer-mateo-messina-juno-breakers/

Persistence is key. Relentlessness is key. Time and time again I’ve found the people I’ve worked with who are on top of their game are the ones who stayed after years and years struggling. Just keep at it.

Interview with Composer Jeff Russo (Emmy Winner FARGO TV series)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/05/interview-with-composer-jeff-russo-emmy-winner-fargo-tv-series/

Most important thing is for someone to create their own voice. We are all unique and original in our own way so we all have a voice. Find it. It’s the only way to move forward.

Interview with Composer Gilde Flores (Total Divas, The Wolverine)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/02/25/interview-with-composer-gilde-flores-total-divas-the-wolverine/

The advice I would give to any young musicians who want to eventually compose movies is to be PATIENT, always work on your skill set/stay teachable, have an amazing work ethic, have consistency, have respect, and learn how to take a “no/pass on your work.

Interview with Composer/Musician Michael Abels (GET OUT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/03/07/interview-with-composermusician-michael-abels-get-out/

Write the music that inspires you, because writing music purely for money will make you hate your creative life. Try to remove your ego from every piece you write. It’s so difficult to be inspired-yet-unattached, but it’s required to remain in a highly creative state. And you are a composer, regardless of whether you have a high profile project to your credit or not. Be the person you want others to see.

Interview with Composer/Vocalist Dominic Lewis (Money Monster, Batman v Superman)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/06/02/interview-with-composervocalist-dominic-lewis-money-monster-batman-v-superman/

Freebirds being my first big movie is a fond memory but I have to say getting to work with Jodie Foster and so many amazing people on ‘Money Monster’ has to top the lot so far. I’m also really proud of the score, it’s different and I was given a chance to push the envelope.

Interview with Composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Town)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-composer-david-buckley-the-good-wife-the-town/

When I was a boy, I sung on a soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Chris, and a flame was ignited. I went through a couple of decades of classical training before moving to London and starting to compose for jingles and crappy tv. I was learning as I was going though, and building up my studio and knowledge-base. I got the opportunity to come over to LA just after I turned 30, and jumped at the opportunity.

March 2018 – Interviews with Award Winning Screenwriters

Read interviews by Matthew Toffolo from award winning screenwriters for March 2018:

Interview with Screenwriter Chris Beadnell, THE TRENCH
Interview with Screenwriter Chris Beadnell, THE TRENCH

Interview with Screenwriter Jean Buschmann, THE ORDER
Interview with Screenwriter Jean Buschmann, THE ORDER

Interview with Screenwriter Laina Burgess, AFTERLIFE ESTATES
Interview with Screenwriter Laina Burgess, AFTERLIFE ESTATES

Interview with Screenwriter Matt Huntington, SOMETHING LIKE FATE
Interview with Screenwriter Matt Huntington, SOMETHING LIKE FATE

Interview with Screenwriter Michael Kotsiros, THE PLAYLISTS
Interview with Screenwriter Michael Kotsiros, THE PLAYLISTS

Interview with Screenwriter Katherine Grant Krieger, DELIVERY GIRL
Interview with Screenwriter Katherine Grant Krieger, DELIVERY GIRL

Interview with Screenwriter Mitch Moldofsky, FORTY WINKS
Interview with Screenwriter Mitch Moldofsky, FORTY WINKS

Interview with Screenwriter Travis Darkow, JAKOB’S COVE
Interview with Screenwriter Travis Darkow, JAKOB’S COVE

Interview with Screenwriter Chris Harris, CHARACTERS
Interview with Screenwriter Chris Harris, CHARACTERS

Interview with Screenwriter Christine Davis, MORPH
Interview with Screenwriter Christine Davis, MORPH

Interview with Allison Osborne, FAMILY SECRETS
Interview with Allison Osborne, FAMILY SECRETS

Interview with Screenwriter Amanda Samaroo, LOVE IS FREE WILL
Interview with Screenwriter Amanda Samaroo, LOVE IS FREE WILL

Interview with Screenwriter Renata Manzo Scruggs, THE DISPLACED
Interview with Screenwriter Renata Manzo Scruggs, THE DISPLACED

Interview with Screenwriter Jonah Jones, REVELATION
Interview with Screenwriter Jonah Jones, REVELATION

Interview with Screenwriter Lily Rose, CHRISTMAS WINGS
Interview with Screenwriter Lily Rose, CHRISTMAS WINGS

Interview with Screenwriter Christine L. Keefer, SPRING FORWARD
Interview with Screenwriter Christine L. Keefer, SPRING FORWARD

Interview with Screenwriter Ryan Gallant, SILVER SKULL CREEK
Interview with Screenwriter Ryan Gallant, SILVER SKULL CREEK

Interview with Screenwriter Claudia Marinelli, CHASING WHITE INFINITY
Interview with Screenwriter Claudia Marinelli, CHASING WHITE INFINITY