April 2010

Tribeca 2010: Melanie Schiele on "Delilah, Before"

Melanie Schiele discusses how relocating to Singapore helped inspire her short film, "Delilah, Before."

A still from "Delilah, Before."

Shot entirely in Singapore as part of the NYU Tisch Asia MFA program, Delilah, Before marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Melanie Schiele. Here, she talks about the program and the film, as the film screens at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

After working in various capacities as writer, director, producer and cinematographer on over 20 student shorts as part of New York University’s Tisch Asia in Singapore, Filmmaker Melanie Schiele makes her directorial debut with the short Delilah, Before.

Tribeca 2010: Mary Robertson on "Missed Connections"

Mary Robertson explains why eight minutes is a "delicious" length and then comes clean about whether or not she's had any "missed connections." Her short film screens at Tribeca 2010.

A still from "Missed Connections." Photo by Michelle Hayes.

Have you ever felt your eyes lock with someone across a crowded subway, only to wish later that you had ripped through the crowd to get some digits? You’re not the only one. That's the subject of director Mary Robertson’s short film Missed Connections now screening at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

Have you ever felt your eyes lock with someone across a crowded subway, only to wish later that you had ripped through the crowd to get some digits? You’re not the only one.

Tribeca 2010: Michael Creagh on "The Crush"

Michael Creagh took a break from the ad world to direct his first film, "The Crush," a short that screens at Tribeca 2010.

Showdown in "The Crush."

Filmmaker Michael Creagh, a native of Belfast, takes the plunge into writing and directing with his debut film The Crush, a short featured in the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

As an “ad man by day," filmmaker Michael Creagh had been “tinkering with ideas and scripts” for several years before acting on his dream. His debut film The Crush tells the story of an eight-year-old boy (played deftly by Creagh's son) in love with his teacher. When the boy's gift of a toy ring is outdone by an engagement ring, he plots his revenge against his nemesis.

Best of the Shorts: Tribeca 2010

From real-life "Missed Connections" to an elementary boy in love with his teacher, Michele Meek selects her favorites from Tribeca's 2010 line-up of short films.

A still from "Delilah, Before."

Who says short films don't get enough attention? Michele Meek watched nearly 40 at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in order to pluck the best and brightest narrative and documentary shorts for your future (or immediate) viewing pleasure. Included are clips and trailers.

At the movies, I want to laugh out loud, clutch my armrest in terror, weep uncontrollably, and be amazed. I’ll admit my standards are high and past Tribeca Film Festivals have been serious enablers of my lofty expectations. So I suppose it was inevitable that one year I would be a tad disappointed by their selection of short films.

This was that year.

Film Journal: Survival Strategies During Production

While shooting Losing Control, director Valerie Weiss discovers that the right support system can trump location changes, technical difficulties, and anything unexpected.

Like mother, like daughter; Valerie Weiss on-set with her daughter. (credit: Robert Johnson).

Lights fall and break, talent doesn't show, locations fall through. The process of making a film can be stressful. So, as director Valerie Weiss points out, it's helpful to surround yourself with a supportive family—both on-set and off.

In my last installment of my film journal, I wrote about the importance of pre-production for laying the groundwork for principal photography.