MIFS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
I read about the vast amount of girls that are trafficing victims, I felt I wanned to (in a very simple shortfilm) make the subject presented in a "what would you do?" way. Yet make it not on the nose.
MIFS: How much did the project change from concept to final edit?
Well we made it shorter, the girl was harrased a bit longer, but we felt the shorter we kept it, the more intense it would be.
MIFS:Where there any challenges during production?
When we shot, we had rehersed a lot so we could nail it quickly, becouse we knew people would pass by and make us wait for them to pass. But we didn't expect that much people that late, we shot it in five hours (3 hours of shooting and 2 hours of waiting).
MIFS: With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
To do something so quickly. And to get such a good performence out of the guy, he is not and actor. He is an imigrant her who worked as a clerk and I had seen him angry at a customer and I asked if he would play in my film. A few days later we were rehersing.
Underpass screens on Nov 10th as part of the 14th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival at 6:45pm in the Lubar Auditorium, MAM.