We ask Roxy a few questions on her film Metamorphosis, a finalist in our 2018 Mini Shorts category.
What was your inspiration behind the story?
We produced "Metamorphosis" for a 120 hour Sci-Fi Short Film Fest. at Playhouse West Acting School, located in North Hollywood, CA, USA. We actually had a fall out with our first idea (due to location loss), so that ultimately led us to create something more simple (story-wise) and accessible (production-wise). Though we all agreed that we wanted to color it more with special effects and visual inserts; opting for a more experimental experience rather than a standard narrative one.
What was the moment you decided to make the film?
I'm a producer of this film, but also a student at Playhouse West. I've always wanted to enter one of my school's film-making competitions... and the Sci-Fi theme of this one definitely lured me in once and for all. Our crew had a pretty mutual creative eye for the whole project, which made things refreshingly easier. We watched the movie trailer for "Under the Skin" to get more or less on the same creative page. I know Lauren (Director) admires David Lynch and his works. Other than that, we just flowed with whatever worked out and what looked/felt right with us.
Did you come across major hurdles in the film process?
We definitely had a first idea that we would've wanted to build on but couldn't, due to a location loss. Since we were running out of time, we worked out a simpler and more accessible approach to a new story and setting. The writing process was pretty smooth; we had one core writer and then went around for some minor individual adjustments. We wanted to grant everyone's vision yet still stick with a main blueprint of the project. So the flexibility and openness was there. It was a little bit more tough for the actual shooting, since we did it over night into the early morning hours. That, of course, can get pretty grueling, physically; but the end result was fairly satisfactory on all levels.
What was the most memorable on set moments?
Probably when Matt (our extraterrestrial) came out wearing the green suit, in purpose of the shape shifting special effects. That was fun. And of course Kitler (Lauren's cat) with his groundbreaking transformation and screen presence. Though witnessing the downfall of everyone's waking consciousness at 5 A.M. wins.
WHAT ADVISE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS / WRITERS / FILM MAKERS?
As terrifying as it may be, always take that muthr friggin' leap. Unless you're dealing with heights and stuff; that could be questionable. I'll try to keep this short... but really, I personally should've been making more films sooner. Thinking about all the funds, equipment, and people you "need" to "collect" to even attempt a project can be daunting and, to be fair, discouraging. Embrace the positive possibilities, which includes a growth that you can only benefit from. I'm still learning all of this myself, anyway.