5 questions with Rubber Guillotine director, Bryan M. Ferguson at the half-way mark.
Sunday, January 15th, 2017
1Hi Bryan! Thanks for being a part of our 2017 Winter Film Festival. First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make this film? I’m not sure what inspired this idea – though I do vaguely remember standing in my kitchen at 3am eating a cup of jelly (jello) and thinking how strange it looked. So I Iooked up facts about gelatine and was pleasantly grossed out and excited when I found out that it came from animal bones. – So this posed the question of 'what if we used human bones'?
I find domestic products or everyday objects fascinating when they are viewed differently. I really enjoy the elements of the uncanny and having the viewer see something they recognise but altering their perception of it, often by using that everyday product/object in an unusual (or sometimes injurious) way for darkly comedic effect. In this case it was colourful jelly.
2In the credits you call this film a "micro short", what made you want to make a 1 min film and how do people generally react to it? I initially made the film "micro short" because I had never actually made something so constricted. I thought it would be interesting to inject my styling into something that was brief and as punchy as the story.
The reaction so far has been great - people seem to really resonate with anarchic pyromaniacs with gelatine aspirations. It opened the TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) x Instagram Shorts Festival and got a lot of attention through being selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick last year. The love the film is getting has me considering doing a couple of more "Micro-Shorts" to make a set.
3This film has so much style packet into 1 min. Did you do the production design, editing and cinematography? Why did you choose to do everything yourself? I did those jobs and everything else. It's not how it's planned, its second nature and just how I work. I have a distinct image in my head and I tend to get lost in that world during each project. No matter the length of the film, I always tend to do pretty much everything behind the camera and I think in retrospect, it really personalises your work. However truth be told, it would be great to have a crew sometimes to help lift a lot of weight off me - but I'm shit at networking.
4This character feels like there could be a lot more behind it. Do you have any ambitions to make a feature or a longer short with this character? Why or why not? I don't know, probably not. I think to show more might taint what the film is. I feel I've said all that I wanted to say with this character and her story. It was to me like an anecdote or a three panel comic strip.There is more behind the character and the film is stacked with small hints and visual nods that help connect the dots but I still wanted to leave some ambiguity for the viewer.
5What's next? At the moment I'm writing what I think could be my first feature. I'm not sure I want to get too into what it is for now but it explores female bodybuilding and human bile. But in the meantime I have a couple of short films that I plan to shoot and put out . If all goes to plan - there will be a lot of weird stuff coming.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time. The film is about the evolution of a couple's relationship, and was shot in three different countries over the course of a decade.
The film with the most fans wins $1,000
For 2017 we are moving on from screening feature films and will be showcasing shorts.
For our Winter 2017 Festival, we are giving away $2,000 in prizes to the top three films.
The film with the most fans.
The film with the most views.
Our favorite film.
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