We spend 5 minutes with Rachael Belle Myers with her 2016 Reel Time International Online Film Festival Winning Short Film - First World Problems.
What was your inspiration behind the story?
This short film came from the concept of one long take. I wanted to be able to shoot a story with a secondary tale active in the background. I knew it would be a challenge but one worth pursuing. There are a number of topics I wanted to tackle in this film. The obvious being first world problems. We live in a first world country where we believe that mediocre issues and challenges are the worst of our problems. However we have other real first world problems in our own backyard. We have homeless people, we have sickness, we have poverty. These are things that should not be ignored yet so many of us do because we can’t see it. Our eyes are glued to our screens and we barely look up at the world. To see it for what it really is. Then when it comes up on our devices in news feeds, we ignore it. We block it. Ignorance is bliss. We are constantly connected yet there feels like there is a huge disconnect. With the tagline of “What could possibly be worse than bad coffee?” I want the audience to question that. Question what could be worse than all the problems they face on a daily basis. Open their minds to the concept that things could actually be much worse and that the problems they face are nothing compared to what could be. This film isn’t about teaching the audience a lesson. It’s about lifting their eyes up from their devices, taking a look around and asking what can I do to make this world a better place?
What inspired you to write the film?
I was at a dinner party one Friday night surrounded by the most intelligent people I know. Unfortunately, the topic of conversation was who's backside looks better in a pair of jeans. First World Problems was born!
What was the biggest challenge during production?
The biggest challenge was the fact that I wanted to shoot this in one long take. With fifteen characters coming in and out of the shot over a four and a half minute single take took a lot of coordination and scheduling. But we did it and we are all so proud that we pulled it off.
Most memorable on set moment?
Realizing that we did this one long take 19 times and deciding to go with take 12. As that was the only one where all the elements lined up. (Acting, cinematography, sound, timing, etc)
What advise do you have for aspiring film makers?
Tell the stories that mean something to you. Filmmaking is no easy feat. Be sure that when you commit to a project, the reasons why you want to tell this story are powerful enough to get you out of bed everyday. After very long hours on set and having to deal with many challenges, your connection to your story is what will keep driving you forward. So always follow your heart. Because that is what will ultimately lead you to genuine success.
Do you have any future projects in the works?
My latest short film, Curated Illusions, has just been publicly released and has been nominated for multiple awards and has one best film. It is a story about a woman suffering from amnesia who uses her social media account to rediscover who she is. I'm not working on my first series which tackles cyber bullying.