Woody’s Order had its Pittsburgh screen premiere at the 2017 Pittsburgh ReelAbilities Festival and was so adored by the audience that we brought it back for an encore! We’re excited that writer/star Ann Talman and co-director Seth Kramer will be joining audiences at Pittsburgh Shorts. In the meantime, read her and Seth’s thoughts on short filmmaking.
If Woody’s Order! were the offspring of two other films, who are its parents?
Ann Talman: My Left Foot meets It’s A Wonderful Life.
Seth Kramer: My Left Foot meets The Notebook.
What do you find unique about working in short form?
Ann: As the author of the script and co adapter of the screenplay with Danile Miller, I was amazed at the process of taking a 37 page play and condensing it to a 15 page shooting script that focused on just my brother and me. We worked on it for months and I love the process. I dream of it becoming a full length screenplay too which would be working in reverse again!
Seth: Feature length films are kinda like spaghetti. They’re allowed to be a little messy and they don’t have to be perfect to be great. Sushi on the other hand has to be perfect, otherwise yuck!
Because it’s Halloween: what’s your all-time favorite horror flick?
Ann: Well my tie for all time scariest movies are both Hitchcock: Psycho and The Birds. Then The Shining and The Omen. Wow this is hard.
Seth: CREEPSHOW! Maybe not the scariest movie in the world, but it’s a horror movie that stars Leslie Nielsen, and it was filmed in Pittsburgh!!!
Any wisdom for aspiring filmmakers?
Ann: Never give up. Just change direction when you hit a roadblock.
Seth: When Cortes invaded Veracruz by sea in 1519, the first command he gave to his troops was, “burn the ships!” The way he saw it, there was no turning back. We win or we die. A similar attitude is required for filmmaking.