Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
War Crimes, Directed by Matthew E. Robinson
The comedy short film directed by Matthew E. Robinson, War Crimes, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
War Crimes: The Story Behind the Story
We caught up with the War Crimes 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 Film Festival? "Austin is a great hub of independent cinema. Independent cinema often ventures into more experimental and strange territories. Hence, I wanted my film to play there at a well-regarded, comedy film fest."
- What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title? "I was inspired by the fear and anxiety of becoming an adult. I had just turned 25, and the notion of a family and serious commitment was coming up with my girlfriend at the time. Those anxieties manifested themselves in the ultimate form of adulthood: pregnancy and parenthood. The title came from the more subversive, comic and fun element of the film; namely, the devious antagonist and his fascination with all things war."
- What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "The reputation of FSU's film school and the themes of the script."
- How were you able to get the locations for your film? "By knocking door to door in Tallahassee until we found the right house. The homeowner was generous enough to open up his home for the two days of shooting."
- Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "The location was free, and we were given $200 from the school to work with. The crew was comprised of my classmates, and the equipment was also provided by the school. The rest came out of my own pocket."
- Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? "Not yet. But I certainly learned an immense amount."
- What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "The first day of shooting coincided with a tropical depression. The whole crew was on pins and needles, hoping the power wouldn't go out."
- In what city and state was this film shot on location? "Tallahassee, Florida"
- Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? "The lead actor at the end of the film fell over and hit his head against the wall."
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "It won the Miami Independent Film Festival Award for November of last year. It screened in Wellington and Tallahassee. Also, a semi-finalist at the Los Angeles Cinefest."