What is your film about?
It’s Not What It Looks Like is a one-shot comedic short film detailing the adolescent antics of Steve and Clara, a couple whose attempt at a breakup takes a quick and escalating series of turns for the worst.
I wanted to challenge myself my making a short film that was all done in one shot. I’ve had a lot of experience in theater and so wanted to stage the film and rehearse it as if it were a staged show, and then add in camera movements and make it a movie.
I liked the idea of constantly building on elements of absurdity, especially with new and contrasting characters being introduced throughout the film. I filmed rehearsals with my iPhone to get a feel for the way the camera would be moving, and then used a shoulder rig to smoothly glide the camera across the scene when it came to actually shooting the film.
I heard about the festival from my high school film teacher.
I loved being able to block everything, including moving around the camera as if it was a person. I love long takes, so to be able to do a film all in one take, plug it into Premiere, and export it with very little editing was a very satisfying experience.
Thank you for recognizing my film in your festival!!
The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission and Theater on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3pm, in partnership with Binghamton Film Weekend.