interviews Anthony D. Paul


Today we share with you part 19 in the ‘ interviews’ series. Shrtfilm interviews Anthony D. Paul
What is it that appeals to you about the short film?
The short film is a great way to take a short idea or something that you wrote and film it. You don’t have to wait for a studio, manager, or agent.  You have control and final cut!

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What qualities do you believe make a good short film?
A great story will make a great short film.  You also need a great cinematographer, a super sound person and outstanding actors. People won’t care if they can’t hear the actors or see them.

To what extent is making short films a stepping stone to making feature films?
I’ve heard of someone who said don’t waste your time making shorts, make a feature.  Problem is, how are we suppose to practice and learn? If you write something and film it, you’ll learn quickly what doesn’t work, and what will.  Every scene in a short, every shot, has to tell the story.

What is the most challenging aspect of making short films?
Producing! Don’t produce by yourself.

Do you have a preference to a certain genre?
For writing I think Thrillers are my favorite.  I enjoy making my characters life a living hell, even though that wasn’t the case with Memento Mori.

What do you like most when making a short film – writing the script – directing – camera?
I’d rather be Directing.  Typing on this laptop, which I’m doing now gets pretty lame.  But the best thing about it, is it’s free.  You can make as many changes as you want on paper.  So make those changes!

Do you work with a script – where do you get the inspiration from?
Memento Mori was a three page screenplay.  I had basic shots I wanted to get and we got them all that day.  First we started at the train station, then we went to the beach, which was down the street.

Do you leave room for improvisation?
I welcome improvisation.  My composer Istvan who did the sound effects and music for Memento Mori, even split up the voice over parts.  Instead of saying several sentences, he would have Nicola say one line, then finish the dialogue in another shot. He really made the film and kicked it up to another level.

Did you receive funding for your project?
This project didn’t really cost much.  I used my camera, Nicola was nice enough to come from New York, since we filmed in Connecticut.  Cinematography was by God.  I own all the lenses we used.   So no funding necessary.

How did you go about assembling a film crew and actors?
I worked with Nicola on her ‘Callie and Izzy’ series but I met her when I was searching for actors for my speed dating short film ‘Five Minutes.’

What did you use to edit the film and what camera did you use?
I used my canon T5i and Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13.  I even color corrected in a few shots with it.  I thought of the narrator transitioning to the other side, so I tinged a few shots in blue.

Could you name one or two filmmakers that you consider great influences?
I’ll name three.  Stanley Kubrick, George Cukor, and Spike Lee.

What are you working on next? Do you already have a new project in mind?
I have another short I’m going to rewrite.  I’d like to film that in 2018. Then I have two other screenplays I want to enter in a few of the top screenwriting contests for next year.

What advice would you give to other short filmmakers?
If you have an idea, go out and film it. I filmed Memento Mori because my godmother died and I needed to express how I felt.  And don’t call yourself ‘aspiring.’ If you’re writing and/or filming, you’re doing!

Thank you Anthony!

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You can see the films directed by Anthony D. Paul here:

Memento Mori     Memento Mori

Five Minutes        Five Minutes


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