FILMMAKER Q&A – Josh Eshenour – Director, Writer, Producer

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

JE: I was inspired by a lot of news coming out of Mexico about corruption, and fear at the hands of the cartels. In Mexico, the cartels hold so much power over the citizens, government, and police force. Which leaves people very vulnerable, and leads to extreme violence, crime and fear. I wanted to create a world similar to this in Two Wrongs. I wanted the city of Crawford to be overran by the Weston mafia, and to be completely controlled and corrupted by them. Similar to the situation in Mexico  with the drug cartels. I always was inspired to make a film based off of the conditions down there, and so came the idea for Bullseye. A vigilante who hates what is happening to his city, and takes up arms to stop it. But realizes that he is continuing the cycle of violence, and realizes that the mafia is a revolving door. His nativity is stripped from him when he realizes killing one person does not stop the constant cycle of war and violence. Similar to the situation in Mexico.

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

JE: I conceived this idea back in early 2019 when I first learned of the news coming out of Mexico, and the corruption and violence going on there. It was only realized in late 2019 when I wrote the first draft of the  script for Two Wrongs.

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

JE: The most challenging part I would say, is trying to develop a character fully with the limited amount of time I was working with. I had to really dig deep if I was going to fully realize this character, and have him change through the course of the story. 

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

JE: I would say a lot of the action sequences were the hardest part. We shot many days and spent countless hours choreographing, and blocking certain scenes to get it perfectly how we wanted it. We were also Guerilla filmmaking so we didn’t always have authorization to be filming where we were, so that added a layer of stress to the production! 

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

JE: My advice would be, never be discouraged to tell your story. Don’t worry about equipment, money, locations, or anything. In the end all you have is you, and your story. So go tell it. It’s all about what is in your frame. Not how much money you have, what fancy new equipment you have, none of that. It begins and ends with you.