We ask Frank Aron Gårdsø of Thanks for Everything some questions on his inspirations and behind the scenes. The film is a finalist in our 2018 season.
How did the story come about?
I wanted to make a story where coincidences can have catastrophic consequences. How one persons choices and presence can lead to a bitter end. And I have always found it interesting and "funny" what a person will do and how he/she will react when put in an awkward situation.
How were you inspired to make the film?
My inspiration comes from the thousands of hours one has spent watching movies at the cinema or at home. And as for some I guess, a more darker form of inspiration come from the fact that one wants to prove for people who always say you cant do this and that. So just take that negative action and turn it into something positive. Something that can drive you forward. Turn it into an inspiration of some sort. And never be jealous of others who make it. Just use that as another form of inspiration. It was due to the fact that my co producer and co director called me and asked if I had any stories laying around. And of course.. I went through one by one and he told me to stop when I started to tell him about "Thanks For Everything". Which at that time had the working title "Adieu".
Describe the writing process, and hurdles during production?
The whole writing process was a fun process. So did not really have any kind of hurdle writing out. Production wise I think the major issue was the security of the actors sitting outside the bridge. But we manage to fix that rather smoothly. We also happen to have one really foggy day, but we manage to use that to our advantage.
What advise can you give to aspiring film makers?
Plan well. Even though you are a professional and worked in the industry for many years, there is always things you learn along the road. So plan well and have positive people around you. People that work for the common goal. And never stop writing and producing.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
Yes, Currently writing a feature script. Its a psychological drama with supernatural elements.
You can check out an article on the film on Film Front below: