Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
The Ford Focus: Stimulating, Directed by Teddy Hose
The comedy short film directed by Teddy Hose, The Ford Focus: Stimulating, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
The Ford Focus: Stimulating: The Story Behind the Story
We caught up with the, The Ford Focus: Stimulating 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? "The humor in my short is mostly over-the-top and sarcastic, and I figured since Austin is popular with young adults, they’d probably be into it."
- What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title?
"I was just drinking with my friend Mike in his living room, and he unknowingly pitched the idea to me. He thought it would be funny to make a luxury car commercial to sell his Ford Focus hatchback. I immediately grabbed a paper and pen, said I was friends with a videographer, and we decided it was going to happen."
- What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "Mike and I were mostly doing this film for fun, so had no problem acting in it. The woman in the film, Naz is an old coworker. She mentioned being in a George Michael cover band, so I knew she had performance chops and invited her on board. When I did, she also mentioned loving comedy and having taken improv classes."
- How were you able to get the locations for your film? "Besides going guerrilla style for the iconic, windy Lombard Street shot in San Francisco, we knew the Bay Area had a lot to offer in terms of beautiful backdrops, perfect for a luxury car commercial. We did a lot of research with street view in Google Maps, and landed on mostly locations in Berkeley. We chose Solano Tunnel for the climactic tunnel scene, and Wildcat Canyon Road in Tilden Regional Park for those cliche, forested windy road shots in slow motion you see in car commercials."
- Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "This was a passion project that I pitched to my videographer friend, Ted Allen from Polar Productions. I knew he also did his own comedy videos, placing in the Dorito’s Crash the Super Bowl video competition, so he was sold on doing the short for fun."
- Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? "Our same crew (Mike, Ted Allen, and I) are in the works of starting a video collective to make comedy commercials for real clients, much like comedians Rhett and Link. I have a few notches on my belt with writing, animation, cartooning, and have done stand up comedy so this is exactly what I want to pursue. Ted Allen prefers projects like this over his usual corporate video client work, and Mike regularly does improv (often musical) pursuing comedy more for fun aside from being a software developer."
- What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "Because our shooting locations were outdoors in mostly public places, it was hard not to have other people or cars get in the way one way or another, especially at the tourist attraction, Lombard Street. The writers, Mike and I also spent a long time narrowing the best, most exaggerated adjectives for the narrator to describe the magnificence of car in his (my) fake British accent. Shooting in and around the tunnel was also a challenge, trying to get the right angle with the openings of it lined with walls."
- 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. "San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Leandro, all in the Bay Area."
- Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? "Nothing much to report there, unfortunately. It was all really just a matter of waiting for people to walk by who might look at the camera, then it was like "Okay, go! Go! Shoot!!"
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "Best Micro Film (under 3 min) at ACME Comedy Film Festival, LA (2016). Official Selection for the NY Comedy Shorts Film Fesival (2016), Portland Comedy Film Festival (2016), and the New York City Short Comedy Film Festival (2017)."