FILMMAKER Q&A – Leonidas Stanescu – Director

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

LS: A friend of mine, who works in a restaurant and knows, and according to him also admires, my passion for filmmaking and acting, asked me, or challenged me, to make a story about a very common dish down here, in Singapore. “What story can you make about… Chicken Rice?” Absolutely everything can be an inspiration for a story, one just has to look at its bright side. 

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

LS: It was somewhere mid March this year. From conceiving the idea, Wright the script, the breaking down, casting, filming and the post production, it took around 10 days.

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

LS: Chose the right story length to avoid dragging or rushing the action. 

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

LS: I would say directing. One of the duties of the director is to “transfer” the story to the actors so they can portray as close as possible to his vision. 

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

LS: Don’t be afraid to fail. With every film we make you just get to understand better and better the craft. Explore every aspect of the production, experience every stage in front and behind the camera and only then you’ll fall in love with filmmaking.