Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
- Film Title: "Alternative Math"
- Director: David Maddox
- Runtime: 9 Minutes
- Category: Comedy Short Film
- Cast: Allyn Carrell, Cole Whitaker, Mykle McCoslin, Bryan Massey, Paul Taylor, Sean McGraw
- Tagline: "A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America."
- Review: "The judges felt that Alternative was a great film from beginning to end. Outstanding production value, acting and excellent comedic timing, this film leaves you wanting more."
We had an opportunity to catch up with the "Alternative Math" crew for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this comedy film.
- Why did you think that your film was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF? “We're from Texas and we LOVE to come to Austin. It's always fun to play comedies with an audience, and this one in particular gets cheers at the end.”
- What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title? “Kellyanne Conway using the term "Alternative Facts."
- What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? “They loved the script, and liked the political message.”
- How were you able to get the locations for your film? “We shot at a school in my neighborhood. The producer had shot up there before, so we asked if we could take over the school on a weekend.”
- Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? “I own a production company in Dallas, so we used my gear and self funded. Everyone worked for a discounted rate, but we did manage to pay or trade-out favors with almost everyone on the film.”
- Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? “The little kid, Danny, plays Saul/Jimmy as a kid in better call Saul. And the actor playing the Principal is the new Pinhead in Hellraiser. I take full credit for both of these. (Not really.)”
- What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? “Comedy is always hard because the filmmaking process requires that you repeat things over and over. Just remembering your concept, trusting your writing, and thinking about why you wanted to make the film always helps get back on track. Also, for the longest time, we didn't have an ending, and it went through several drafts where the end either fizzled out or ended really, really dark.”
- Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? “A cat kept wandering into the school and on set, like it was the chaperone. Finally he wandered into one of the exterior shots, so we just started rolling and he actually does make a cameo in the film.”
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? “Best Local Short-Forth Worth Indie Film Showcase, Best Fantastic Film-Film Quest, Best Editing-Sydney Indie Fest.”