shrtfilm.com interviews Heidi Moore

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Today we share with you part 10 in the ‘shrtfilm.com interviews’ series. Constant Hoogenbosch interviews Heidi Moore.


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What is it that appeals to you about the short film?

Short films are a great way for me to create and express ideas in between my feature film
projects. Sometimes I think of a movie that I would like to make, but it’s not necessarily
something that could be a feature; a funny story, a creepy moment, a biography of an
interesting person. It allows me to focus on a single idea and not have to make it just a piece of a bigger story.

To what extent is making short films a stepping stone to making feature films?

Short films are a lot cheaper and easier to make than feature films. I feel like it is essential to have a few short films under your belt before working on anything bigger. You need to practice and make mistakes…learn by doing. Then when you get to your feature length project, you’ll be able to use all of that knowledge to make less expensive mistakes (unfortunately something will always go wrong, but don’t let it be things that could have been easily avoided if you had more experience).

What is the most challenging aspect of making short films?

I’ve noticed a big challenge a lot of people have with making short films is telling an entire
story that makes sense within a few minutes. Sometimes it seems like something is missing, making it hard to understand. Or it seems like it’s going somewhere and then it just ends. I think it’s important to be able to get your story across fully and clearly and that isn’t always easy to do in a short film.

Do you have a preference to a certain genre? And why?

Lately I’ve been making short biography/documentaries. I have been busy with feature films, but sometimes I meet really interesting people whos stories I want to put out into the world. Making short films about them allows me to create what I’m thinking and schedule it around other things I’m working on.

What do you like most when making a short film – writing the script – directing – camera?

I think doing the camera work on short films is pretty fun. Since I make them just for fun there is less pressure. I can get experimental with it and practice different techniques that I can utilize later in a feature film.

Do you work with a script – where do you get the inspiration from?

I always work with at least a skeleton script. We all have to know at least the premise of what we’re going for. My inspiration comes from everywhere…..literally everywhere. Someone could say something to me, make a joke, etc and an idea for a short film will pop into my head. Even watching someone at the grocery store can be inspiring for a short story. I don’t make every short film I think of, and I forget most of them, but it’s fun to come up with them.

Do you leave room for improvisation?

I always leave room for improv. I like to let the actors make the characters their own, that way the story can evolve into something I would never have thought of. In my feature film “Dolly Deadly” there was a lot of improve. One actor used his own dialogue for a lot of scenes and it was really incredible.

Do you receive funding for your projects?

I fund my short films out of pocket. I have my own equipment so lately they’ve been pretty
affordable. I have blown too much money in the past and have learned how to prevent the
mistakes I’ve made before. Of course I will make new money wasting mistakes, but that’s
inevitable.

How do you go about assembling a film crew and actors?

A lot of times I ask friends. Lately I have been making short biography/documentaries about
people I think are interesting so I just ask them if they want to be in a movie and then I do all the crew work myself. For the new short documentary I recently finished, the subject filmed himself and sent the footage to me(A friend and I edited it together in a day and had a pretty good time with it). He’s from India and does that often for filmmakers; he’s trying to become an international actor.

What did you use to edit your films?

I work with Adobe Premiere. It seems to be the standard these days; most of the editors I know are working with it.

What camera do you shoot on?

I shoot with a Lumix. It looks great and is fairly affordable. I like how light it is because I do
mostly hand held.

Could you name one or two filmmakers that you consider great influences?

I am influenced by so many filmmakers. John Waters, David Lynch, Lloyd Kaufman, Gregg
Araki and so many more. It’s tough to point out everyone who has been influential on my
creativity, honestly I get ideas from every movie I watch.

What are you working on next? Do you already have a new project in mind?

I’m always working on something. I just finished producing an audiobook called “Mary of the
Chance Encounters”, I am co-writing a British trash film called “Driller Queen”, and I have a few other projects up in the air. Just waiting for one to get some money behind it!! In the meantime I have been traveling, attending the theater tour for my most recent film “Dolly Deadly”.

What advice would you give to other short filmmakers?

Just keep pushing forward, keep learning and have fun with it. Having fun is really important,
misery on set zaps my creativity like no other.

What qualities do you believe make a good short film?

I recently got to be a guest judge for the Ax Wound Horror Film Festival and I have to say the most important thing is to make your short film only as long as it needs to be. Don’t drag it out and keep the edit tight. Short and sweet…I have to tell you, it can be excruciating watching a half hour short film that should have only been 10 minutes.
I will say it again…keep the edit tight and only as long as it needs to be!!!

Thank you Heidi!


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