Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
Falling For You, Directed by Laura Johnson
The comedy short film directed by Laura Johnson, Falling For You, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
Falling For You: The Story Behind the Story
We caught up with the, Falling For You film 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? "My film is short, funny, and a bit absurd. It's a good laugh that fits well within the time constraints of a festival schedule."
- What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title? "This was my first Directing project in film school (FSU College of Motion Picture Arts) so it was both a class assignment and a "let's just see where this goes!" project where I could make a fun story while also practicing everything we had learned that first semester."
- What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "These actors were actually assigned, but we had a blast and have worked together in other films. I see it as fate that we were grouped together, we definitely formed a bond during rehearsal, production, and post."
- How were you able to get the locations for your film? "This was filmed at my parents' house -- like I said, student film! The small budget went towards food for the cast and crew."
- Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "A huge favor I received was definitely from my parents, allowing us to take over their house for a full shooting day and various pre-production meetings. We had a very small budget from the school for the producer to purchase craft and lunch."
- Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? "Because it's a student film, and we were all assigned our positions, the biggest way it has helped our careers is simply allowing each other the grace to make mistakes and keep learning. Some technical aspects of my film could have been improved, but for most of us this was the first time working with professional equipment. So we'll all benefit from the lessons we learned and I can already see the improvements in our second project completed in August 2017."
- What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "The challenges were mostly comprised of learning errors that we can look back on and correct in our future projects. Some individual personalities clashes a bit, but we were at the end of a 30 day production cycle so that's only to be expected. Technical issues occurred, such as an HMI light not working, but other than that it went pretty smoothly."
- 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. "Tallahassee, Florida"
- Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? "My parents have dogs, so naturally they wanted to star in a couple takes. After the smallest pup entered frame, we learned to have a PA look after her to make sure we didn't need to give her a credit."
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "This was a finalist in the categories of Best Student Film and Best Florida Project at the Central Florida Film Festival in Ocoee, FL. It is an official selection for The Covey Film Festival in Thomasville, GA."