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INCALL played to rave reviews at the November 2018 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Festival in Toronto.
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
Bevin Hamilton, Rachael Murphy: We wanted to make this film to highlight issues that have traditionally been avoided by moviemakers because of a gender bias to stereotype women as softer and more compassionate.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
From writing and casting to the end of post, it took us a year to complete.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Location fees comprised a disproportionate amount of our budget – we were very particular about our sets as they played a crucial role in telling the story. We were forced to shoot ten pages in two days! Lets just leave it at that
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
We were excited people wanted to share their interpretations of our narrative and insights into our characters! It was interesting to hear different points of view from diverse and enthusiastic movie goers.
6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
We wanted to tackle timely and controversial subject matter from a unique perspective in an experimental fashion. After watching a documentary on prostitution, we boldly and excitedly delved into the world of BDSM (which was unfamiliar to us), exploring female sexual relationships and power play. Our characters are enigmatic, passionate and complex, instead of one-dimensional, chaste and meek.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Bevin: I’ve seen Gone With The Wind the most over my lifetime. I love the epic filmmaking and attention to detail. Victor Fleming took a risk making Scarlett O’Hara a strong, feisty character at a time when women were portrayed as anything but…
Rachael: Dirty Dancing. Swayze oozes charisma… and introduced Gen X to “the lift” (a spectacle fit for a pool party).
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
We enjoyed using the FilmFreeway platform, it’s intuitive and comprehensive. We could easily navigate the site and upload materials as well as research and connect with festival curators/organizers. Also, opportunities we wouldn’t have thought to consider otherwise were brought to our attention, such as directing fellowships and the like.
9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?
Bevin: Lately its been my own record, Mirrors and Echoes (just released on iTunes lol! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mirrors-and-echoes-ep/1381182764).
Rachael: Aside from, In the Name Of (Mirrors and Echoes ;), I heard Simply Red’s version of, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” every Sunday morning of my childhood (thanks Dad).
10. What is next for you? A new film?
We are currently writing our first feature length script; a tragic love story set in a futuristic, consequentialist world. We’ll keep you posted
Today we’d like to introduce you to Zenfinity Pictures.
Thanks for sharing your story with us. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Zenfinity Pictures was formed early last year when we were hired to write, produce and direct a short film (Incall), but the roots of our company grew long before that – from a solid friendship. When we met, we were both performers and drawn to each other’s artistry.
As we spent time together we realized we shared more than just mutual respect for one another’s work; we were headed down the same career path and on a similar journey of self-discovery. We decided fairly quickly to combine our experience, knowledge, and skills and create our own film projects.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Our foray into producing and directing was relatively seamless, due in large part to our experience on sets, but also to those we surrounded ourselves with. In this cut-throat industry of ever-changing trends and tech, we make it a point to learn from the best, but talented crew don’t come cheap, nor do HD 3D cameras and so on.
Like many small business owners will tell you, we wish we had more capital to start (and invest in our first film), but if we had waited for the money, we wouldn’t be writing now.
Aside from stretching a dollar and navigating the festival circuit, we haven’t encountered too many obstacles yet, however strengthening relationships with digital download and streaming retailers is our next order of business.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We’re a provocative female writing and directing team proudly persevering in this climate of change. Our goal is to make as many dynamic and memorable films as time and money will allow, whilst committing to inclusion and diversity in front of and behind the camera.
We believe with careful planning and the support of minority-centric resources such as Women In Film, we’ll be able to elevate marginalized voices in the industry. We were thrilled to employee a female-heavy cast and crew on Incall, our first short, as the story explores sexual power play, greed, and deception from a female perspective. We’re particularly proud of Incall, as the experience marked our joint directing debut and was completed on budget and ahead of schedule!
Being performers with network and blockbuster credits in our own right, we can communicate more effectively and relate more easily to our talent. We empower our actors (as well as our crew) to make bold choices, push boundaries and challenge their abilities by creating a safe space conducive to experimentation and discovery.
Our company prides itself on fostering a culture of honesty, appreciation, adaptability, and harmony. By leveraging each other’s strengths and continually improving our processes, we’re able to make award-winning films that impact audiences lives in a meaningful way. We’re not afraid to tackle controversial subject matter or take creative risks.
We experiment with storytelling, photography, set design and score and hire talent based on their performance skills (as well as their star meter). If we’re to continue to be filmmakers of interest on the indie scene and someday attract the attention of Studios, we must tell timely, thought-provoking stories from unique perspectives using innovative approaches and unconventional means.
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