Award of Excellence – The Gladion (A Short Monster Film) (USA)

Title: The Gladion (A Short Monster Film)
Runtime: 14 min
Country: USA
Director: Will Garber 
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: March, 2021

Synopsis: Two boys are supposed to be on a normal RV trip, but things get scary when they figure out a monster has escaped from a research center. At first, everything is fine, until… they pick up a “normal” rock. This rock happens to belong to The Gladion, and it wants it back. Badly… What will the monster do to get back its rock? 



Or both???

FILMMAKER Q&A – Will Garber – Director, Actor, Producer

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

WG: My inspiration was nothing at all. I knew that I was going on an RV trip, so I decided to film something. I ended up with this film. I am super proud of it. 

GS: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?

WG: I got the idea 2 weeks before the trip/filming. I listened to a bunch of soundtracks and previewed some CGI effects. Then after that, I got the idea.

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?

WG: I did not have a hard time at all. I only make short films, so I was used to it. 

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?

WG: The most challenging part was probably location deadlines. I had done the storyboard and pre-production, so I was organized, but filming at certain locations was very stressful. My family and crew were only on location for so many days, so I had to figure out how to finish my homeschool while also filming. At the beginning of the film, I tell my brother about the news of a monster escaping from a research center. That scene took about 3 hours to film. I kept messing up the lines, and kids would come over to watch. There was a constant distraction on the film set and also loud background noise. I felt like crying, but I had to keep going.

GS: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?

WG: My advice is to keep going. Don’t worry about how good others films are, focus on your own. Learn more about the art of film and continue to improve. Take criticism well. Don’t feel bad about it. I am a 14-year-old filmmaker who LOVES film. I want to be just like Steven Speilberg when I am older.