“One of the producers down in London said, ‘Short films are good, but in the industry they’re just show reel films…If you want to really work in the industry, and make money, get off the shorts and get onto the feature length’.”
This comment changed the outlook of Aberdonian film director David Keith, director of Attack of the Herbals, who spent 14 years of his life making short films (less than 60 minutes in duration).
‘Herbals’ is one of the seven feature length films made in the North East of Scotland and released in 2011 (see the IADF log of 2011 feature films).
In this week’s podcast David describes the development of his filmmaking career over the past 16 years, he lists the key differences between short and feature filmmaking and he reflects on the personal skills required to motivate volunteers to help achieve a director’s vision of a feature length movie.
After the interview David spoke a lot about the distribution side of the filmmaking business and the producers and money men who have funded shooting new scenes and a re-edit before distributing their film. These are exciting developments and I hope David will give another interview about that as well as an interview focusing solely on the experience of making ‘Attack of the Herbals’.
I’m contacting the directors of the other six feature films released in 2011, and further back, to ask the same. Keep coming back to IADF to hear more podcasts about filmmaking in the North East of Scotland.