FILMMAKER Q&A – The Dry Salvages – Agnes Maska, Director/ Producer

OR: What was the inspiration for your film?

AM: The poetry of T.S. Eliot inspired me to make this film. 

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

AM: I have been wanting to make a film based on T.S. Eliot poetry since I was 14 when I first read Four Quartets. This specific short film was meant to be a teaser for my upcoming feature film. I loosely conceived the idea back in September 2020 and we shot the film in December of 2020.

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

AM: I find working in a short film format very enjoyable and easy to manage. We encountered unexpected logistical challenges but they had nothing to do with the short format.

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

AM: I would say the biggest challenge was losing one of our locations the day of the shoot. We had to think on our feet and immediately adjusted our plan. The good news is each member of our team had the propensity to be flexible and quickly adapted to our new setting. Despite of this unexpected challenge, we still managed to wrap that day ahead of schedule. 

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

AM: Go out there and do it. Even if you don’t have a clear idea or story arc, you should just go out there with your camera and start shooting. I am a firm believer that you learn the craft by doing.