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Interview With Weronika Tofilska Winner Of The 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition
By James Whittington, Tuesday 10th September 2013
Weronika Tofilska, director of 6 Feet Under was the winner of the Horror Channel, Movie Mogul sponsored 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition bagging £6,666 courtesy of Horror Channel and the opportunity to develop a feature film under mentorship from Movie Mogul. Apart from the honour of being showcased at the UK’s biggest genre festival, all six finalists will also have their films screened on Horror Channel.
Here she chats about the competition itself and her plans for the future.
HC: Where did the idea of 6 Feet Under come from?
WT: It came out of nowhere – which is what usually happens to me. I would say it came from a personal experience or a subconscious but, since it is a romantic comedy about necrophilia, I would really prefer not to in that case. But I should also say it was hugely inspired by other film and in its core it is a pastiche. One of the main ideas was to use a 50’s inspired song. David Pearce the composer, graduating from National and Television School let us use this amazing song called “Dead Set On You”.
HC: Did it take long to plan out?
WT: This was limited by the fact that we had around 1 month to make the film.
HC: How did you cast the piece?
WT: I was looking for a particular 50’s look for both parts. I watched both Harriett Neville’s and Jonathan Readwin’s previous work and I was very impressed.
HC: Where did you shoot 6 Feet Under?
WT: We shot it in the kitchen in National Film and Television in Beaconsfield. After removing all the unnecessary kitchen supplies and condiments we thought it played the morgue surprisingly well.
HC: Were you nervous when it was shown at the Empire?
WT: I was extremely nervous and very excited at the same time. It is an enormous cinema with a beautiful history and tradition.
HC: Did you feel confident that you’d win?
WT: I was trying not to think about it – for me just to have our film shown in Empire was a great success. But of course we were even happier when we found out.
HC: What did you think when your name was announced?
WT: At that point I was mostly focusing on the fact that I have to go up on the huge stage. After that - I felt extremely happy and grateful.
HC: What are you going to do with the winnings?
WT: Together with Helen Gladders we are planning to keep it as a fund for future short films.
HC: What do you think about your work being shown on the Horror Channel?
WT: This is just another great thing – a chance for the film to reach a bigger audience.
HC: Are you looking forward to possibly working on a feature now?
WT: This is all a part of the plan, but we don’t want to rush into things. I am developing few feature ideas at the moment and I hope they will come to life in a not far future.
HC: What advice would you give to someone wanting to make a short film?
WT: There are a lot of small pieces of advice, but the one most important one is to just do it. And then even in case of failure do it again and again. And again.
HC: So what are you working on at the moment?
WT: At the moment I am working on my graduation film from National Film and Television School called Suicide Is Easy which is a comedy drama set in a dystopian world. The main character works in the Office For Suicide Prevention as a “suicide watcher” and one day finds out that he himself is suspected of being suicidal. We are editing at the moment and the film will be finished by the end of the year. I am extremely excited about this project and I am thinking about possibly turning it into a feature film in the future. At the same time I am writing and working on other projects.
HC: Weronika Tofilska, thank you very much.
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