Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
- Film Title: "Dear Mr. Darcy"
- Director: Robert Woods
- Runtime: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds
- Category: Funny Music Video
- Written and Starring Esther Longhurst and Jessica Messenger
- Tagline: "An open letter to Mr Darcy. What every woman has been dying to say for 200 years."
- Nominated for "Funniest Music Video" Austin Comedy Short Film Festival: Fall 2017
- Review: "Excellent writing and execution by Esther Longhurst and Jessica Messenger. Another Australian comedy makes it's mark with the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival judges."
We had an opportunity to catch up with the "Dear Mr. Darcy" crew for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this funny music video.
- Why did you think that your film was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF? “Our film is short and silly, we wanted to share it with people who enjoy comedy as much as we do!”
- What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title? “Our team made this film in response to conversations we had after performing as a Jane Austen inspired comedy Duo. We noticed all the women we met kept talking about Colin Firth in a wet white shirt. We wanted to write a letter from women everywhere about this reduced response to the character of Darcy. The title came from that.”
- What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? “The two actors in our film are big Jane Austen nerds. We wrote it and we wanted to be in it. It was honestly the funnest day and a half of filming ever!”
- How were you able to get the locations for your film? “The film is shot in two locations, a private home and a bridal display store. We originally wanted to hire things from the bridal store but could not afford it. When we told the lady who ran the store, she offered for us to shoot in her store for free.”
- Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? “We had a small amount set aside from performing live improvised shows to record the song but the film itself was done without a cent. Robert Woods our filmmaker and Director was incredibly generous with his time and did it with us for free. None of the actors were paid, we borrowed a friend’s puppy. We also got all our props by putting a shout out on social media, the response was amazing. People lent us antique teacups, fans, chairs and even did our flowers.”
- Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? “It has widened the fanbase for Sense and Spontaneity, which has been so lovely.”
- What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? “For the most part it went very smoothly. The dolly however that was used in some of the shots was quite wobbly and old, so that was cleaned up in post.”
- In what city and state was this film shot on location? If outside the US, what city and country? If multiple places, please list them. “We shot Dear Mr Darcy in Perth Western Australia.”
- Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? Maybe getting chocolate cake out of each other’s teeth between takes!”
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? “We are so excited to say this is our first Nomination! We have also been accepted to the Short to Point Festival.