FILMMAKER Q&A – Imiq – Lucie Aidart – Writer, director, actress, producer

OR: What was the inspiration for your film?

LA: The future collapse of humanity and our societies if we don’t change our ways, especially in terms of ecology and climate change.

OR: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?

LA: This film was made for an assignment for my MA in Screenwriting, as we had to write a short monologue. It took me about three weeks to finalize the script and then production took 3 days: one day of preprod and rehearsals, 2 days for filming, editing and subtitling.

OR: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?

LA: The main challenge was to say enough for the story to be understood, but also not to say everything and keep some mystery, as well as leaving surprises and twists for the audience.

OR: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?

LA: Doing every role by myself with no experience was challenging, especially running after the light, the quiet and good weather during COVID times. With no sound experience, the wind was a challenge, as I couldn’t wait for the weather to get better for my deadline, but in the end,  the wind adds to the authenticity and the feel of the story and to the storytelling itself.

OR: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?

LA: This is my first film, with zero experience or proper equipment, in time of COVID restrictions. Don’t put limits on yourself. If you have a good story, this is all that matters. Just go for it, make it happen, use what you can and what you have and put it out there! What could you lose?