The writer-director talks about her bright and dark project, NOODLES.
Why was it important for you to apply to the European Short Pitch?
I’ve wanted to make my short film NOODLES for a couple of years now but no suitable funding opportunities have arisen in my home country in that time. The European short pitch seemed like a perfect opportunity to bring it to the attention of people who may help make it happen.
How do you define a good script and how did you see your chances when you applied?
A good script… for me is a combination of character, story, emotion and prose. The characters have to feel real– to have real wants, hopes, desires, fears, flaws. Is there a story? Is there a conflict? Does it make you feel something? Is the script well-written? At the end of the day, a screenplay is a blueprint for a film, but if it’s not well-written it’s not going to get the attention of people who can help get that film made.
Tell us about where you come from and how you got involved with films.
I’m from North Wales originally. I studied fine art at University and moved from making little experimental films to documentaries, and then to writing and directing fiction. I was granted a Fulbright scholarship to attend film school in NYC in 2008 and that changed my life– allowing me the opportunity to learn about both writing and directing in a safe environment ie one which allowed me to screw up multiple times! something which is essential for learning.
Why is your film important to make, what does it tell the audience?
After a painful and confusing break up one can spend weeks and months interrogating the memory of the relationship, searching through their mind for the reasons why it all ended. This film follows the decline of a relationship by telling the story in reverse, in the order in which those steps are mentally retraced. NOODLES is a love story, but a tragic one. It tells the story of the first major formative relationship between two young people– and about how easily you can fuck up the person you care about the most. It’s a film that’s funny and painful, bright and dark. I think– and hope– it’s an honest film.
What inspires you to do what you do?
I love storytelling and I love using beautiful images to do so.
What do you think about short films in general? How do people relate to it around you?
Short films are a great way of showing that you can tell a story visually, that you can work with actors and a crew. I think most people I know, who work in film in one form or another, see shorts as a stepping stone rather than an art form in their own right. That may be to do with the fact there are only limited forums for the presentation of shorts. I think it’s a shame there aren’t more opportunities out there for emerging filmmakers to take chances with storytelling in the short form.