FILMMAKER Q&A – Self-Isolation – Daniel Richardson – Writer, Director, & Actor

OR: What was the inspiration for your film?

DR: Honestly, just the idea of someone suffering from a mental disorder, while alone during a pandemic is terrifying to me.  And if something were to happen to you, no one would know because they would just assume you were in quarantine. 

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

DR: When Roger Corman announced that he was hosting his own online film festival to promote social distancing, I instantly started forming the idea.  I sat on it for a couple of days and waited for the weekend when I was free.  Once Saturday came I had it shot and edited seven hours.

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

DR: The challenge is always trying to tell a basic story in just a short amount of time.  

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

DR: Honestly my production went very smooth.  The only real issue I ran into trying to find someone to call me on my cell phone during this scene.  We were using my girlfriend’s phone to film and my phone as the prop.  I had my cousin call me during her lunch break.  However, due to some technical issues, we had to re-shoot.  But I couldn’t get a hold of my cousin again.  So I had to scramble to find someone else.  Not really that big of a deal and when that was your biggest problem then you had a pretty good shoot.

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

DR: Never give up!  Keep working and keep pushing your work for others to see.  You’ll never know just how your art will affect others and all it takes for the right person to see it to open the doors for a much wider audience.