MIFS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
This film was initially created for a TV reality show that was going to follow Wisconsin-based filmmaking teams as they created short films for competition. I met with my actress, Zarai Perez and my writer, Darren Fulsher in Milwaukee for a brainstorming session where Zarai shared with the initial idea. From there we added layers to the story until we had a basic story. Darren then took the idea and fleshed it out and I took his script and fleshed it out even further. The process was very collaborative and enjoyable.
MIFS: How much did the project change from concept to final edit?
"Promises" was scheduled with a different actor playing the role of the boyfriend. When that actor wasn't there on time we needed to recast the role and Darren jumped at the opportunity. We were also scrambling to find the little girl for the story (which we added to incorporate more people from the TV competition). The visual elements of the film came together in the end but having shot it in Milwaukee I had to depend on Darren for all our locations. He did a fantastic job but it made storyboarding difficult.
MIFS:Where there any challenges during production?
We had planned on shooting the entire film over the course of an afternoon and certainly could have managed that BUT with late starts and early call times it became obvious that we weren't going to get everything done in one day. Two weeks later we managed to get our final shots but the riverfront was a bit nasty that day.
MIFS: With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
My reward on this film is how happy my cast is with the project. We created the best we could within the limitations we had and the folks that helped me make it were pleasantly satisfied. My actress was not satisfied with her performance though even though I think she was absolutely beautiful. Actors, huh?!
Promises screens Saturday Nov 10th at 3:15pm during the 14th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival at the Lubar Auditorium, MAM.