"Wally's Will" is a dark comedy set in a fictional world where our protagonist is an old and very eccentric aristocratic woman. Together with her loyal servant, Doofus, she will have to fight to uphold her crumbling old-money empire against friends, enemies and some unexpected conspiracies.
Produced by: Matteo J. Mosterts
Cast: Linda Gray, Rene Mena, Grafton Doyle, Jon Baggio
6 questions with Wally's Will director, matteo mosterts at the half-way mark.
Saturday, August 5th, 2017
1Hi Matteo! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what wast the initial seed that inspired you to make Wally's Will? Wally's Will was my first short film, and what compelled me to make it was coming up with a story that no one else could tell. I knew the character and I couldn't wait to play with it.
2Your film has a definite style to it. Some filmmakers try not to attract a strong signature on their films while others do. What are your thoughts on this? I am trying to find my style, and my voice. In doing so I'm realizing that I love visual comedy. And not visual in terms of physical comedy but more in terms of visually curated comedy.
3Your lead character, played by the wonderful Linda Gray talks to the audience directly. How did you decide to go that route and how long did it take you to complete this script? Everything started with that opening monologue. Those 3 pages came out in twenty minutes, and the whole script didn't take too long. But I am not a writer, so the more I write, the more I learn about the process and about what matters and what doesn't. In terms of speaking directly to camera, it came naturally - I never questioned it.
4Can you tell us a bit about your Nana? I will just say that Wally is inspired by someone who is very close to me, and I will also say that there are a couple of lines in the script that I can't take full credit for. Probably the best ones.
5What was your biggest challenge on this shoot and how did you get through it? It was an expensive idea to pull off with little money. The generosity and talent of everyone else involved in making the short is what made this happen. I got really lucky.
6What's next? I just finished my second short Afternoon Delight that will screen at HollyShorts in August and on Short of The Week (date TBD). Can't wait to start making my next one!
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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