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Everything Has a Feeling
2017, 3m, biography, drama
Everyone goes through ups and downs. "Everything Has a Feeling" is a film true to life, dealing in real emotions. At times we are all scared and feel like we're not good enough, but we are also strong, brave and creative. Those dark moments enrich our lives and give us more insight into our true selves.
Produced by: Gina Gatto
Cast: Sarah Eiseman
The 3-week run for Everything Has a Feeling ended on Jul 31st, 2017. Thank you to all the fans that supported it!
5 questions with Everything Has a Feeling director, Joe Simon at the half-way mark.
Thursday, July 20th, 2017
1Hi Joe! Thanks for being a part of our film festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make Everything Has A Feeling? My friend Sarah always has such inspirational content on her Instagram feed, both the images and the words are beautiful. I had really been itching to do something locally in Austin, so we met up and chatted about it. From there it took a few months to pull together the story and resources to make it happen. We met a few different times to put together the story-line and learn more about each other in general. I find it really important to get to know the people I'm working with, especially when you are filming a subject that is this close to the heart. To create you have to be vulnerable and honest, it's the best way to connect with people that will watch your films.
2The narration was written by the lead actress Sarah Eiseman. How did that collaboration work and how did you two agree upon the final product? The narration was actually a collaboration. I had her read a bunch of different journal entries she had made, we also sat down and talked candidly about a few different subjects during a short interview. Hussain Priani and I then sat down and narrowed the focus of narration to fit the subject loss and rebirth. We merged her different thoughts together to make one shorter cohesive narration, once we had a final draft we sent it over to see if she wanted to add/take away anything. It was a really cool way to get to a final script.
3You shot this film as well and the cinematography is stunning. How difficult is it to shoot and direct and how important are the visuals to you? I shoot and direct a lot of my projects, the look is super important to me and I'm really picky. I'm a DP a heart so I focus a lot on the cinematography before I actually get the the shoot, planning out the angles and lighting so when I'm on set it comes as second nature. It is definitely hard to direct and shoot at the same time, you only have two eyes so paying attention to all the nuances is quite the task. I do find that when I operate handheld I can better feel my talent in front of me, so when directing in this way I can be more free and move the camera with my character. This project was half documentary and half a narrative, at times I would direct Sarah to move or act as you would in a narrative. Other times I would let her/her friend just be themselves and follow them with the camera capturing real moments as they would unfold. I find it really fun to mix these styles together and love the freedom it gives me.
4This film also explores loss and how it's a difficult but transformative experience. Have you had much experience with loss and was that the reason you wanted to make this film? I think everyone has experience with loss in one way or another. I've had my fare share of lost love during my years on this earth and watching Sarah go though a breakup and publicly share that loss over a year or so brought back a lot of memories. The realness of it, the raw emotion she would share was gut wrenching pain, it was something most people hide in this world of Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. The world is such a fabricated place now, we don't share real feelings we only share "stories" fictional tales about how great our life is... but the truth is no one's life is perfect we all struggle but not many are willing to share it. So that really inspired this story, the lost and pain all us humans go though and the resilience we all have to come out stronger then before.
5What's next? Working on lots of commercial projects at the moment but in a few months I'll be shooting another short film. I'm currently putting together details for my next personal project, working on the concept and script. Hoping to shoot that in September or October. Can't wait!
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 which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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