"YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED HOW EFFICIENT AND COST-EFFECTIVE IT CAN BE TO HAVE JUST 10 PEOPLE OR SO ON SET, AS OPPOSED TO HUNDREDS."
Nina Nightingale (Producer)
Screening Session: BLOCK 3
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
A hopelessly phone obsessed young woman attends her first job interview at a prestigious Japanese firm. With each new notification, comes an uncontrollable desire to check her phone.
Hi Nina thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?
It’s certainly not what we would have expected for 2020, but we’re here now, and all we can really do is sit tight and do the best we can regardless of what is happening. So in answer to your question, it’s been a tough year, but I am definitely trying to make the most of it!
Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?
I feel as though I have been trapped inside a bad Sci-Fi film for a year, so yes, it has given me a wealth of ideas for a story set in a world ravaged by an unrelenting virus! In all seriousness though, I think lockdown has really given creatives the perfect opportunity to explore new ideas and see the world from an entirely different perspective.
Congratulations on having your film selected for the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?
It is a pleasure and an honour to be a part of the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival! We are so grateful for the recognition of our film ‘The Interview’ and are so excited to have it be seen alongside your incredible lineup of short films!
Can you tell me a little bit about The Interview, how did this film come about?
‘The Interview’ was created to address the serious problem on our hands in our digital world (Or rather quite literally IN our hands!)
This film is a comedic, but rather grim reflection of our youth today who cannot function without their phones, leading us to consider the dangers of this current phenomenon and what issues this may present for our future.
What where the biggest challenges you faced brining your film to life?
One of the biggest challenges we had was during the post-production process. As we all know, life gets in the way all the time. You think you have everything planned out perfectly, but some unforeseen event will always pop up when you least expect it – whether it be the mountains of paperwork your boss suddenly pushes on you, that wedding you completely forgot about, or even a good ol’ pandemic!
Balancing life and your passion isn’t always easy, but we managed to work our way through all the madness, working hard to make the best of every spare minute, to bring this film to life.
Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?
There are always going to be things that could have been improved. In our case, experimenting with a wider variety of framing and camera moves would have added more to the overall experience of watching the film. However, we are happy with the way our vision translated to the screen and feel that it accomplishes in telling the story that we visualised.
Describe your film in three words?
Youth, modern-day, cringe.
Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?
Taking on big projects has always been something that I have loved. There is a certain satisfaction you get when you work tirelessly at something from start to finish. Filmmaking is one of the biggest projects you could ask for! You make something out of nothing. You start with just an idea in your head, and you watch as it slowly takes form through the collaboration of numerous passionate people. There is nothing parallel to the feeling you get when the vision you all share comes together after months/years of continuous effort.
What has been some of the best advice you’ve been give?
There is never a reason not to do what you love.
"I personally have found that having a skeleton crew works best."
Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?
It’s 2021. There are no boundaries in anything anymore! If you have a story you want to tell, then there is absolutely nothing stopping you.
Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
I am quite new to filmmaking myself but one thing I have learnt from other more experienced filmmakers is, it is not about the budget. Great films have been brought to life on almost no budget at all, while there is a plethora of multi-million-dollar blockbuster failures. Yes, it does definitely help to have sufficient funds, but it is not a necessity. What is most important is to use the funds you do have wisely. I personally have found that having a skeleton crew works best. You would be surprised how efficient and cost-effective it can be to have just 10 people or so on set, as opposed to hundreds!
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from your film?
We want viewers to walk away not only entertained by the bizarre events in this film, but to consider exactly WHY these bizarre events occurred in the first place. Why is Miki so distracted? Do we perhaps see a part of ourselves in her? Have you ever found yourself more interested in your phone than in the conversation you’re having?
We hope that this film will not only give you a laugh but will also have you thinking about some of these questions and what it reflects about the world we live in today.