The Break Up Call explores the complex feelings at the moment a relationship starts to unravel. In the midst of tragic endings we think about all the beautiful memories from the beginning. The compressed timeline illustrates the confusion of feeling so alive as something is dying.
5 questions with The Break Up Call director, Leiv Parton at the half-way mark.
Friday, July 28th, 2017
1Hi Leiv! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial inspiration that mad you want to make this film? Spoiler. I experienced a break up. This time I was more aware of this tension of how to remember great memories in a healthy way, not consider yourself or the relationship a failure, and still move forward. It feels like a paradox but I think it's a healthy middle ground. That's what I wanted to try to capture in 2 minutes. One of my favorite things about it is that if you watch it without sound, it's just beautiful, but if you only listen it's really heartbreaking.
2Your leads, Bryan Manley Davis and Danielle Guldin make a very convincing couple. There's a natural familiarity they have with each other that isn't easy to pull off. How did you guys do it? They are both amazing people and actors. Our casting director, Matt Newton, realized their chemistry first and helped me see it. Overall, I wanted our time together to feel like like we were friends exploring the city with a camera for fun and just playing little games or creating scenes everywhere. Keeping the production to just four people also really helped keep things natural and intimate. I had a lot of moments / feelings I wanted to capture, but I tried to hold those loosely so we could be nimble and explore moments. Holding it loosely allowed scenes to arise organically, and that combined with Manley's and Danielle's talent gave way to some beautifully organic moments. And they're just that good.
3Can you share a war story from the shoot? The real war is in the edit. Bryan and Danielle were the best to work with for those two days. It was basically 95% just shooting the cutest couple video and really fun to run around and explore and eat tasty things. But the VO changes everything. I spent 3-4 days making a first cut. And then I got really overwhelmed with the juxtaposition of the audio. There's so many ways to cut and pace it. So many levels of fun, cute, passionate, romantic, sexy, sad, heartbreaking. I thought it was going to be more of a study or practice in emotional compression and how far and tight can you push something and then I got hit with my own personal 10 years of emotions. I couldn't get through it. I actually cried while watching it as it was starting to take shape. I had to walk away for a couple months. A little time and some conversations and then I landed on something I liked.
4What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? Back to the Future / Fight Club
5What's next? I'm working on a comedy pilot. I just started a podcast called How Humans Change. I'd like to make a music video again soon.
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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