Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
Gimme A Break Directed by Stephanie Stender
The comedy short film directed by Stephanie Stender, Gimme a Break, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
Gimme A Break: The Story Behind the Story
We caught up with the Gimme a Break 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? "I thought our short comedy would play well in Austin, and we heard such great things about the film festival."
- What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title?
We were inspired to make the film to show the double standards when it comes to bodies. DadBods are revered, while there is no MomBod equivalent. We chose Gimme a Break as a title because it is the slogan for Kit Kats, which is the candy bar the hero is longing for, but we also chose this title to represent this exasperation.
- What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "Our sketch group Gary is cast in the film, as well as some of our buds from ImprovBoston."
- How were you able to get the locations for your film? "We were on the lookout for a vending machine that was a bit secluded, so we could beat it up without much attention. Luckily, friends of ours had the perfect location in the basement of their production company. Don't worry; no vending machines were harmed in the making of this film."
- Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "We received a number of favors to make the film, from location to equipment. We were very lucky."
- Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? "The film was featured on Elizabeth Banks' WhoHaha, Funny Women, and ComedyCake. Since then, our lead actress Lauren has worked on another Gary sketch that was featured on WhoHaha. The short focuses on the wage gap in a humorous way."
- What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "One of the main challenges was not having full approval for using the space. We shot on a Saturday morning, so thankfully, there was not much traffic. At one point, there was some construction in the area though. We needed to sit tight, while this happened."
- In what city and state was this film shot on location? "Boston, MA"
- Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? "It was caught on camera but didn't make it into the film. Our actor thought he heard his cue and entered into the scene. All you saw was his face peak around the corner and then quickly shoot back in fear. The shot was funny, but unfortunately, we couldn't use it."
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "Gimme a Break was an official selection at this year's Women in Comedy Film Festival."