FILMMAKER Q&A – Nikki Estridge – Don’t Make it Awkward – Director, Writer, Actress, Producer, Editor

OR: What was the inspiration for your film?

NE: I find humor in the day to day. And the more I thought about it, the trip to the OB/GYN can be awkward…so why not make light of it? Plus all women can relate to this. 

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

NE: During the pandemic shutdown I had to find an outlet for my creativity so I began writing short bits for social media. After getting this comedic idea on paper I realized it deserved much more than a 30 second TikTok.

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

NE: Telling your story and being able to captivate an audience in a short period of time is challenging in itself.  Comedy adds a whole other layer of complexity because it is subjective and you have to be funny right off the bat. 

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

NE: The most challenging aspect was wearing so many hats, putting together my first ever production (as this was my FIRST time behind the camera!) My DP was available just five short days later so once I got him locked, I had to book a location, find the right cast, rewrite based off characters and adding an opening scene, order props, gather wardrobe and send out communication to everyone praying they would all show up! Ha! Being director, producer, writer and script supervisor on set while making sure everyone was socially distancing and checking we didn’t miss any angles or shots was a huge undertaking! Oh and I had to act in it as well- TWO CHARACTERS!! This was undoubtedly one of the most challenging aspects of my professional career and I’m beyond grateful it has been the recipient of so many awards! 

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

NE: Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to fail.  Give it all you have and don’t quit. Just GO FOR IT!!