It’s a little surreal. It’s amazing that people in Toronto got to see our little film! And I was surprised about the comments. Often people in Q & A sessions are only interested in single aspects about the films they’ve watched. But your audience analyzed our short on so many levels, that I was blown away!
– Director Florian Puchert, on his reactions to people’s comments at the WILDsound Film Festival (Review)
Wrong Place, Wrong Crime was a mixture of Crime meets Comedy meet Mystery meets Thriller. A film that was extremely well received at our November Film Festival.
Q&A with Director Florian Puchert
MT: What motivated you to make this film?
Florian: The actress, Laura Maire. I had worked with her before on another short film, where she played a very different part. She asked me, if I could film a scene for her showreel, where she can showcase something that she hasn’t done before. She wanted to play a more extreme character… I said, that I would write and direct a short film instead. So Laura came on board as a producer, too.
MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
Florian: There are films that you plan meticulously over a long period of time – this wasn’t one of them. We moved very quickly from an initial idea to script to filming. Since I edidted the film myself, postproduction was quick and dirty, too. It took us maybe three month from the initial idea to the finished film. And of course we were all working full time at other jobs, so the amount of time put into the short was much less. We filmed it in two eigh-hour days, because we couldn’t have the location for longer. But I had great collaborators, that I had worked with before, especially my DOP Axel König. I knew, we could do it on a thight schedule.
MT: There are a lot of elements and genres played out in such a short time: Drama, Crime, Comedy, Suspense… was that your initial intention to play out so many emotions in this film?
Florian: Yes, I love to mix genres and it went hand in hand with the initial idea: To have a diverse showreel for Laura. Laura also had worked with the other actor Wowo Habdank before on one of my shorts, so the two where quite comfortable to go through this little rollercoaster of emotions.
MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Florian: To be honest, there wasn’t a very big obstacle this time around. Everything went kind of smoothly. Of course filming is always demanding. But there are no horror stories about the shoot. It would make a boring “Making Of…”. I did work as an AD on a couple of bigger projects right before filming “Wrong Place…”, so I was in the mode of planning and scheduling everything to the last detail.
MT: One of the comments from the audience what that the girl is “suicide”. What were your feelings about that comment? Is he right?
Florian: I could say yes. Because it makes my film sound very smart… I guess it’s half true. I toyed with the idea, that the girl’s character is DEATH or some kind of Angel of Death. That was my secret agenda. At one point I even wanted to end on a more supernatural note that stressed this idea, but decided against it. I wanted to offer a more “grounded” explanation at the end: She is an escaped lunatic. But since the film is pretty absurd – and yes, in reality a kidnapper would probably shoot her in the head – I also wanted this dreamlike quality. And I liked the idea to have her be some kind of higher force. But I didn’t tell the actress. I didn’t want her to play this “higher power”. I wanted the girl to be very childlike – innocent and cruel at the same time. To think of her as SUICIDE is actually perfect. I wish I came up with that 😉
Matthew Toffolo: What film have you seen the most in your life?
Florian: The Big Lebowski. I adore the Coen brothers.
MT: What is next for you? A new film?
Florian: I’ve been working on a couple of feature scripts. But I think with the most recent one, I really found, what I want to do as a filmmaker: It’s a horror film, where the villains are bloody amateurs and struggle with their plan as much as the protagonists struggle to survive. So I guess it’s a genre mix again and I’m determined to make this one happen! So I’m in a good place, right now. Thanks again for showcasing my film and for your thoughtful questions!
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.
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