FILMMAKER Q&A – Alex Javo – Director, Producer, Writer

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

AJ: I wanted to explore how far someone was willing to take their job depending on their livelihood but in the “mafia” world. In the 60s especially. Where society had already taken a turn and approaching the Vietnam war etc.

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

AJ: Well. I’m a big fan of Martin Scorsese and Francis Coppola so seeing their mafia movies obviously had an effect on me and I don’t know I just kind of wanted to put myself in that world and play with it some. 

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

AJ: Well. The budget I would say. Because with telling a story of any kind you are passionate about you strive for it to be of great quality and match what you have pre planned in your imagination. But what’s good about a short story is you are able to tell it with a low budget. Now how low can you go? With finding locations and the correct props etc. it’s a challenge but I’m grateful and very happy with how the film turned out.

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

AJ: I would say finding the right locations. And utilizing the right props to match the time period.

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

AJ: I would say don’t rush. Take your time. Find the best actors who you feel bring those characters you created to life. Find the best locations, props, equipment etc. and just have fun with it! This is the business of storytelling so go and do that and really enjoy it. I always try to approach it as an art and make that film and story of yours your masterpiece!