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Audience Feedback Transcript from LAPSUS Short Film

LAPSUS Short Film. Audience Feedback Written Transcript from the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival:

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Moderator (Matthew Toffolo): Lots to talk about with this film. I think it’s borderline brilliant, and at the same time a little uneasiness from the crowd. A 30 minute film in just one location by the way, that grabbed all of our attention whether we liked it or not.

Audience Member #1: I think it was the best in the bunch personally. I really enjoyed it in a lot of ways. I kind of expected a twist, but I didn’t know what the twist was, as opposed to the previous film where I saw the twist coming, so that was really good. It’s really difficult to make a confinement film, in all in one room, and they did a really good job and made it interesting all around.

Moderator: Right off the bat, emotionally they took us in different types of twists and turns. And I know some people (in the audience) are indifferent about this film. At the beginning how did they get our attention? – Sexuality. Comedy. Which grabbed us as an audience and it took us in an interesting direction. In the end, in kind of teetered a little bit with a “Lord of the Rings” five different endings.

Audience Member #2: I liked it. Reminded me of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. And as you say everything takes place in the same spot and it’s very good. This movie is great because we’re completely in this laundromat and there’s nowhere to go. We (the audience) are stuck with the characters. So that’s it…it was a good movie.

Audience Member #3: It really kept me on my toes, when they kept having all of these flicking shots of the characters and different places throughout the film. I was wondering how it was all related.

Moderator: It’s just a good piece of filmmaking whether you like the genre or not. Just using the confinement of the location. Even with the first shot, we all loved it. The camera in the washing machine spinning. We are aware the camera is in the machine, but it takes us into the film, which means that we really shouldn’t take this film too seriously. We know there is a camera! They are obvious about it, which is great for this film. So we’re having fun. But for some people it’s too violent. I don’t know if it’s my upbringing, but I’m so desensitized by violence in television and the movies. It’s like I don’t think about it anymore. It’s only my girlfriend who’s sitting next to me who is totally freaked out by this film. Maybe because I played football (American Football) my whole life that I don’t even think about violence. I don’t know what that says about me, or about the types of films we watch these days.
Was this movie too violent for some people?

Dozens of Audiences Members: YES. YES. YES

Moderator: Way too violent?

Dozens of Audiences Members: YES. YES. YES

Audience Member #4 – I thought there was a lot of gratuitous violence. I watch Boardwalk Empire, which I find a very violent show and I’m often hiding behind a pillow, but I just find the quality of the production so fine that I’m willing to overcome it. I thought this was an interesting film. I did think that acting was very good. Maybe I’m stupid, but I didn’t entirely understand exactly what unfolded. And so for me the story wasn’t strong enough to support the amount of quality of the violence in it. Although, I did enjoy the film overall.

Audience Member #5 – I definitely enjoyed aspects of this film. It brings the question: is cleanliness, godliness? In what degree are these characters real? And who is really the redemptive and deceptive character? Is it the woman? Is it somebody else? What’s going on here? The violence for me…it’s all subjective and personal. But violence for the sake of violence…there’s nothing to it. It’s not the point. But in this picture I’m surprised we’re not talking more about further meanings behind him just being a psychopath. What else can we talk about here and where can this discussion go? So I would like to see a bit of that going on and see if someone can put meaning on the table because I’m at a bit of a loss. But I didn’t really like it.

Moderator: Thank you for your point. As she (Member #4) was saying, the violence has to back itself up.

Audience Member #6 – I liked that they put the cockroach in there to give it a more creepy tone to the film. He’s walking through the blood and… I liked that.

Moderator: Just to go back to your (Member #5) comment. Yes, there has to be an emotional context to what we’re seeing. The blood. The cockroach. Because it’s a story about a psychopath. And what goes in in his inside. So, is it a comic book where we’re not supposed to be grounded with it? Like I said, we are aware of the camera right from the beginning – so let’s just have fun. Or, is it trying to be more serious? Like even these recent comic book movies do – they try to tell us how to think, or tell us how to be. I think this film (Lapsus) was trying to have fun, and then it took itself too serious in the end. That could be your problem with it (pointing to Member #5). And it could be a good point.

Audience Member #7 – The thing that kind of baffled me was all these little side shots that they had. There is more than one story going on, right? They kind of told 2 or 3 stories before they got to the key story. And they always went back to these inserts. It didn’t all get put together? Like, why did they put all detergent on top of the telephone. I didn’t get that. They didn’t tie everything together. A few issues. It didn’t all pull itself together.

Audience Member #8 – I really enjoyed the side bits, because we are taking a look at this character who’s twisted and psychotic. So the audience is in the same mindset with all of these non sequential moments. It could of fucked itself over, but in the end I enjoyed it the same way he (Member #5) didn’t enjoy it.

    Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

Interview with filmmaker David Bonneville (GYPSY)

It was like a gift. I think the audience completely understood the film. There were very different comments but I agreed with what all of them said. Plus, as I went to the results page, I saw the film earned two awards – Best Global Performance and Best Cinematography. A big cherry on top of the cake.

– Director David Bonneville on the WILDsound experience.

    Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the June 2014 WILDsound Festival

Interview with David Bonneville:

Matthew Toffolo: Your short film played at our festival in June 2014. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online?

David: After screening at Toronto WILDsound Festival it played in more than 50 festivals. It got a TV distribution deal with EuroChannel and an on-line distribution deal with IndieFlix – so you can view it here:

https://indieflix.com/indie-films/gypsy-39104/

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

David: An experience I lived as a teenager mixed with other contemporary thoughts. The short film plays with stereotypes and expectations. In our society we are all trapped in our own perceptions towards others. We don’t see things as they are but through our own eyes… and sometimes appearances can be misleading.

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

David: Too long. The initial idea came up in January 2009. The premiere was in July 2013. So 3 and a half years for an 18 minute film – however it includes a lot of re-writing and re-editing.

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

David: The funding. It after two years I was lucky to get funding for the shoot from the Portuguese Film Council / Ministry of Culture. However, the Film Council decided to shut down due to the credit crunch for that year. I had to wait 6 months for the final edit – but that was actually very helpful for it gave me time and distance to decide what was best for the film.

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

David: “Naked” by Mike Leigh

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

David: I am currently developing screenplays for a feature film and a new short film. I also have a sci-fi feature film project in a late stage treatment form and was shortlisted for a short-film fund with a story I did not write myself. Hopefully I will get to shoot again this year.

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DAVID BONNEVILLE – Director BIO

Bonneville (b. 1978) is a London-based writer/director.

His films were selected by more than a 100 film festivals – including premieres at Locarno and Toronto, accolades in Copenhagen, Park City/Utah and Cannes, and nominations at Tampere, Vila do Conde, IndieLisboa, Guadalajara, SXSW, Hamptons and Palm Springs.

David completed a Screenwriting MA at the University of Westminster, a Film Directing course with the German Film Academy/Gulbenkian Foundation and a BA with a Major in TV at the Portuguese Catholic University/Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

He kick-started his career by assisting Cannes Palme d’Or winner Manoel de Oliveira and Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon. David speaks 4 languages fluently and has worked at the BBC. He is also a translator and guest-lecturer in the subjects of storytelling, acting and filmmaking.

Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your film, script, or story to the festival.

Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com and watch recent and past winning writing festival readings.

BELUSHI’S TOILET – EPISODE 1, Short Film from November 2014 Film Festival

I was very pleased with the feedback. I was thrilled that the first audience member felt uncomfortable after watching it. Film-making is about stirring emotions. Good or bad.

– Director Andrew Wright, on his reaction to the audience’s reaction in the discussion format at the WILDsound Film Festival (Review)

The November 2014 Film Festival showcased the first episode of a web series out of Toronto, Canada.

    Watch the Audience Feedback from the Festival:

    Watch Belushi’s Toilet Episode 1 here:

Q&A with Director Andrew Wright

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Andrew: My experiences in the UK rave scene in the early 90s left a great impression on me. Combined with my love of science fiction films, I decided that “futuristic nostalgia” might be an interesting twist. I initially planned to try and sell the feature-length screenplay, but as film-making technology became so affordable, and Toronto is filled with local talent, I decided to form a production company and make the film myself.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make the first episode of this web series?

Andrew: The original feature-length screenplay took me 13 years to write (on and off!) The actual production of episode 1, from deciding to make it, to releasing it on YouTube took six months.

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

Andrew: Finding locations was the biggest challenge, and then finding dates when everyone was available at the same time that the locations were available. When you have five actors and a location that all need to be lined up, combined with the fact we only shoot at weekends, it really slowed us down.

MT: The feedback was generally more about your premise than the actual film itself. Did you wish that we talked about something specifically during the moderation?

Andrew: I loved that people jumped straight into talking about the theme of the movie, and not picking out technical flaws. Someone once said, “Filmmaking is the art of being invisible”, in other words, if anyone notices your work, you haven’t done your job right. I totally agree with that. I was pleased we’d created a future world that people felt was real enough to debate.

MT: Other than your own, what was your favourite film that played at the festival?

Andrew: “Birds Fly South” was definitely my favourite. It was very well written, cast and acted, and had a simple but powerful message. There were a few technical issues with focus-pulling, but even that didn’t detract from the story.

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

Andrew: “2001: A Space Odyssey” is probably my all time favourite film and the one I’ve watched the most. No other film has portrayed the scale of the universe and mankind’s place in it, quite so well.

MT: What is next for you? A new film? How many episodes are in this web series?

Andrew: We’re just finishing post-production on episode 2. We were hoping to release it in mid-December, but that might be pushed to mid-January now. We’re estimating that there will be approximately 16 episodes in total, unless we suddenly decide to release it as a feature. The direction and speed of production really depends on if we secure funding. The first two episodes were done on a shoestring budget.

ANDREW WRIGHT BIO

Andrew started out as a record label owner, and writer and producer of techno and drum & bass music, in his home country of the United Kingdom in the early 1990s. After a string of successful releases, but hindered by the UK recession, Andrew moved to a career in I.T. As a background hobby, he worked on a feature length screenplay, based on his experiences on the UK rave scene, but set in a not-too-distant future.

After moving to Toronto in 2006, he finally completed the work, and is now producing the material as the webseries “Belushi’s Toilet”. Everyone involved in the project has had no formal training in filmmaking, and this no-budget production is driven purely by passion for the art.

Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

Submit your own Short Film Today:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submityourfilm.html

See the program for the next festival event:
http://www.wildsound.ca/torontofilmfestivals.html

Q&A with Filmmaker Jan-Willem de Kraaij. Director of the short film LA COMMEDIA

For me it was really great to get response from the audience. I have worked hard to finish the project. And i loved the way the audience is trying to find their answer of meaning that is captured in the film. I want to Thank you for showcasing my film. The audience feedback video was awesome.

– Jan-Willem de Kraaij, on his reaction to the audience’s reaction to his film at the October 2014 WILDsound Film Festival

LA COMMEDIA was the winner of Best Cinematography, and Best Music from the festival.

Watch the FEEDBACK Video of the artistic short film LA COMMEDIA:

Mystery/Animation film from The Netherlands

This story is a surreal portrait of a dying man whose last figment exhibited. His imagination shows us a meeting between the occurrence and his fate, in a world where time and space are dissolved from each other.

Q&A with director Jan-Willem de Kraaij:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

For me it was a little bit of a test. Besides a filmmaker i am also a Designer. I wanted to discover if i can make a film that was shot in blue screen and the settings are created in my computer.

I see myself more as an artist that makes films. i wanted to discover if i can combine the two disciplines together.

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

The idea started six years ago. It was in film school I realize that I don’t want two make movies like the way they learn you. In those years a learned a lot in storytelling and the process of making film. I realize that the way i wanted to make movies i have also get a big understanding of the post production process. So I learned all the software by myself. In those years I make “La Commedia”. it’s my graduate film, and it’s a part of a process to define myself as a maker.

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

I needed a lot of knowledge of how the post production process works. So I already shot the film in blue screen but at the time I don’t exactly know what the post production will be like. For me it was a learning curve. The problems i walk into has to be solved by following video tutorials in after effects and cinema 4D. At the end it pays out. I have learned a lot from this and I’m ready for the next step.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Blade Runner

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

I’m working on a Feature now. The script is almost ready and i have to say I’m really happy with it. Its has a very original way of storytelling and it would be shot in blue screen. More I can’t say. It is in full process.

MT: Besides filmmaking, what else are you passionate about?

I really love fine arts. I am a big fan of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, eric fischl, edward Hopper, Magritte, and the impressionists. I also like architecture, graphic design, old school computer games. Almost everything that’s related to art or culture I am fascinated by.

Watch the audience feedback videos from the October 2014 Film Festival:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/october_2014_film_festival.html

Submit your short film or story at the festival today:
http://www.wildsound.ca

SERENA – The October Short Film Festival Winner for Best Film. Get to know filmmaker ERIC LAMHENE

Eric Lamhene’s short film SERENA was the WILDsound Short Film Festival winner for Best Film, and Best Overall Performances at the October 30 2014 event.

Serena is easily one of the best short films of 2014. A film that is essentially about violence through the lives of privileged teenagers. Watch the Toronto audience feedback video from the festival:

WILDsound’s Matthew Toffolo chatted with Eric about his award winning short film:

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

Eric: A few years ago, a twenty-year old man stepped on a girl’s foot in a nightclub in Luxembourg. That girl’s boyfriend started a fight because of this, breaking a bottle and stabbing the 20-year old in the throat. He bled out in the club, in front of everyone. Around the same time, the rate of youth violence drastically increased in Luxembourg. Not a weekend night went by without teenagers beating each other up and the police having to intervene. I wanted to set a story in this climate of increasing readiness for violence among youth, focusing on well-off kids rather than poorer working class kids. The film is about the capacity for violence in all of us and therefore the violence had to be independent of social class, i.e. I didn’t want audiences to leave the cinema and say to themselves that these kids are violent because of their upbringing or their social status, and that therefore this could never happen to their kids. It needed to be more universal than that.

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

Eric: I started writing in 2012. Once we got the money to make the film, I was aiming to shoot in December 2012. Unfortunately, the young actors were not ready to shoot by December (not enough rehearsal time, etc.), which is why we pushed the shoot back, into 2013. Once the 6-day shoot had finished, a lengthy post-production phase started. The film was completely finished in January 2014. All in all, it took about 2 years to make “Serena”.

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

Eric: I would not call it an obstacle, but rather the big challenge of the film: working with young (non-)actors. Out of the four teenagers, two had never acted before. Professional actors with many years of experience will give you the performance you need and can easily adapt to changes on set. They know what each movement of their body looks like, i.e. they control their body exactly to help express the emotion they want to express. Teenage actors have much less experience and often are unable to see themselves from the outside, i.e. how their movements and body language affect how we perceive the emotion within. The wrong body movement can make the emotion within seem fake and played. Thus, the entire shoot was about helping them express what they felt inside for us to see, making sure their performances were real and truly felt by them at all times.

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

Eric: Whereas TOKYO STORY (dir. Yasujio Ozu) is my favourite film, I have seen BATTLE ROYALE (dir. Kinji Fukasaku) more often. This is probably due to the fact that I have seen the latter many years before TOKYO STORY. As you can tell, I love Japanese cinema.

Matthew: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Eric: I was really happy to see that the audience picked up on the various themes of the film and that a lively exchange followed the screening. The film was meant to make the viewer feel uncomfortable so that he or she will still think about it and talk about the violence it portrays long after the lights in the room have come back up. “Serena” is not meant to give answers, but further discussion about violence between people living in a given society. It is less of a “why did they do what they did ?” and more of a “this type of violence does exist and how can it be adressed?”.

Oh, and I liked that everyone called the main actor “the ginger kid”. I will tell him that. He hates that. 😉

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

Eric: I am currently developing a story that is to become a feature film in the coming years. I am still at the very early stages, but I can already tell you that it will again be set in Luxembourg and that it will be a thriller.

Matthew: Besides filmmaking, what else are you passionate about?

Eric: I like to travel. My wife is from Singapore, so I have the chance to visit Asia quite frequently.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca/torontofilmfestivals.html and see the lineup for the next WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival event.

7 Questions with Director Sean Singh (Suburban Deathcore)

Today let’s get to know Canadian filmmaker Sean Singh. We just showcased his short documentary at our film festival to much success:

Watch the audience feedback video of his film:

Read more information on the film:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/suburban_deathcore.html

Q&A with the director:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Ever since I was in highschool I’ve always been really into playing in bands, not necessarily “deathcore” but relatively heavy music. And at the occasional show there has always been the odd band of 14 year olds that would come on stage and unleash the most brutal music that I could possibly fathom. I thought it was a hilarious contrast that such aggressive music could come out of normal kids just like me and I think that was something that not many people would get from just listening to the music. I’ve known now that I wanted to explore this subject in a documentary type setting for the past few years now and when I got a few friends together and had the chance to pitch the idea around, everyone seemed to take to it really well. The more and more I dug into this connection between geography and music, the more interesting this idea became to me.

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

The entire process took approximately 3 and a half months to complete. Looking back now part of me wishes that maybe I should have taken more time with it to get to know the characters of my film better. But I’m glad that I was able to accomplish what I did in that timeframe. I feel like if I did add any more content, my film would have become a little over-polluted and it might have suffered from coming off as a preview for a feature rather than a self-contained short.

3. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Finding the right subjects was definitely the most “make or break” aspect of this project. When I was first pitching the film I had a very clear view of the type of interview subjects I wanted. They had to be highschool kids that played extreme metal and lived in the suburbs (in fact the original title of the film was “Highschool Deathcore” I still think its a better title but it became less fitting as production went on). Finding people that fit that criteria was absolutely essential for making the point that I wanted to make with this film. I was a little worried during pre-production that these people perhaps didn’t exist or it would be too difficult to find the right characters in such a short period of time. Even though only one character in the film was currently in Highschool every one of the subjects was at one point a highschool death-metal kid and could totally relate to all of the questions that I threw at them.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Hands down the “Yellow Submarine” Beatles animated film by George Dunning. When I was 8 years old my parents rented it for my brother, my sister and I. Even though my siblings were a little weirded out by it I remember being absolutely taken by the movie. I didn’t want to return it to the video store and I convinced my parents to buy me the VHS tape. That summer I remember watching that film became part of my daily routine. I can’t explain exactly why but the combination of music and trippy animation was extremely addictive. I honestly can’t recall how many times I’ve seen that film but I would guess its at least 80+. I can easily accredit my lifelong love affair with music and animation to that summer I spent watching The Yellow Submarine.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It was a very humbling experience. I’ve had my work shown in festivals before but I’ve never had the experience of being in a room with 100 people all engaging in a discussion about a film I made. The coolest part of it was seeing that people in audience who I didn’t think would enjoy the film giving positive feedback about it. I always pictured that you would need to have some sort of understanding of death-metal music to enjoy the film but I couldn’t be more pleased to discover that wasn’t the case.

6. What is next for you? A new film?

I’m actually in pre-production for my next film right now. I like to keep expanding my creative boundaries and trying things I’ve never done before. Filmmaking is cool in that you can apply the same set of skills to so many different kinds of projects. A friend of mine had this idea for a puppet-film with a more mature plot and I instantly loved the script right off the bat. We’ve got a great crew together now and I can’t wait until we get to shoot it in mid-January. Of course we’ve still got a lot of work to do before then but hopefully in one years time I’ll be watching it in a festival setting just like I did last week. Other than that I’ve been slowly writing a script for a science fiction graphic novel over the past few years. I really don’t know exactly when I’ll start looking for hiring an illustrator or even finishing the script but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. I feel like its the one project I have in the bank now that would really excite the 8-year old me that was addicted to watching the Yellow Submarine.

7. Besides filmmaking, what else are you passionate about?

I’ve always been very passionate about listening and playing music. For the past few years I’ve been playing drums in a band called The Johnny Red Eyes. We released our first album over the summer and writing music and playing shows has been a blast. In the band we seem to have a creative understanding with each other where no genre seems to be out of bounds. I also love playing video games, I was born into playing a Super Nintendo and never looked back since then. Gaming is a great stress relief from being so busy from working on film sets all the time. I’ve recently become a big fan of the “Dark Souls” series. I’m also working hard at the moment to jumpstart my career as a location sound recordist which has been keeping me very busy. I love working on film sets and I really like the idea of having a technical career in the industry rather than having an unrelated part time job to support my own film endeavours. Giving people high quality audio is a really great feeling too and when I do good job I definitely feel like I’ve accomplished something. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m excited to continually get better have more great experiences working on films.