Interview with Amy Schloerb 2018 Comedy Short Winner


Thank you so much for this great honor! Here are my answers....


1.    What was your first conscious memory you’d be making films at some point in your life?

I’m not sure I can pin-point an exact memory, but I always loved drama and make-believe as a child, so I think storytelling has always been very important to me.

2.     Why did you want to tell this particular story?

Honestly, I was looking for something funny I could film while my baby was napping. I knew I didn’t have a lot of time and I didn’t want to bug anyone else, so I came up with this idea to act with my car and cast a computer-generated voice as my car.

3.     Where was it made?

I filmed in my driveway…and in my car, obviously ;-)

4.     Who contributed the most to the success of your film?

My husband was a HUGE help! He’s an actor and filmmaker as well, and he helped me figure out sound editing and color correcting all of which were brand new to me at the time.

5.     If you could give advice to a filmmaker hesitating on picking up a camera to tell their story, what would it be?

Start where you are, with whatever you have, and JUST DO IT! You’ll learn so much just by starting and figuring things out as you go. I knew next to nothing when I shot this short. I recorded sound on my iPhone using the earbud mic! If I can do it, you can do it! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve found that in general, creative people actually enjoy helping each other out.

6.     What films or filmmakers most influenced your work?

I think I’m mostly influenced by other stand-up/sketch comedians. I love Amy Schumer, Key and Peele, and Tracey Ullman.

7.     What’s your next project going to be?

I just started filming the second season of my web series SchloerBITS. Don’t worry! There will definitely be more sketches featuring The Car!

8.     Your acceptance speech for this film, what would you like to let people know about the film, about you, or about those who helped you in your journey?

Thank you so much for this award! I’m so excited and honored to be recognized by the DIY Film Festival because from start to finish this short was definitely DIY and LAYG (Learn As You Go). I’d like to thank my husband for showing me how to clean up sound and do color correction (and, you know, his general love and support). And, of course, I’d like to thank my car’s voice recognition system for being such an inspiration!

9.  What camera and editing system did you make this film with?

I used my Canon t3i and Adobe Premiere Pro.

10. Have you ever tried Pinnacle products or tried online distribution?  (They are both sponsors, Pinnacle and FilmHub, so it’s helpful to hear from you about this kind of information.)

I have not tried Pinnacle or FilmHub, but I am excited to check them out!

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