The Loose Films original short, Among Other Things, is riding high off of its audience choice award at Ohio Shorts. The film was just accepted into Miami Independent Film Festival and continues its journey on the circuit! Recently, the directors (Noah and Drew) sat down with Loose associate producer, Juli Sasaki, to dive deeper into the film's meaning. Check out the interview.
J: What was your inspiration for the three characters in the film?
N&D: Each character is a representation of a type of love. There are many different ways in which we have both experienced love, and these characters are a culmination of that.
Merric’s love lacks understanding. It’s one-sided to the point of possessiveness. But all the while, it’s filled with passion.
Lillian’s love is calculated and utilitarian. Although it’s an unexpected feeling, it remains comforting, familiar and ultimately welcomed.
Thomas’ love is intentional yet fearful. It’s his first experience with love, which is unknown territory. Even though it’s a new feeling for him, he’s aware of the power of the emotion.
J: I loved how you aesthetically represented the inner minds of the three characters as they fell in love. Can you tell me more about how that idea came to be?
N&D: As we mentioned previously, each character has a different style of love. Given this, we wanted to represent these loves with a distinct and appropriate aesthetic. We were intentional in our choice of color and, more importantly, the emotions each character showed through their acting and how that is representative of their experience of falling in love.
J: How was it co-writing the screenplay for this film?
N&D: Honestly, it was great. We’ve worked together in many creative capacities, but this was our first time writing an actual screenplay. In the end, the film is about creating discourse around the idea of love, so being able to bounce ideas off of each other and actually experience the purpose of the film in its conception was an amazing process.
J: The voice-over plays an interesting role throughout the film as a sort of omniscient narrator, and her part in the ending is especially strong. What led to your creation of her role?
N&D: Originally, we didn't have a voice-over written for the film. But during the editing process, we realized that this all-knowing perspective was actually necessary to convey the emotions of each character. The actual act of falling in love happens so quickly in the film that we found a narrator was crucial to walking the audience through the emotions of the characters. There was also a lot of symbolism we intended to show with the film, but ultimately needed a narrator to help explain most of it.
J: How did you design the set?
N&D: This is crazy, but we actually thought of the idea for Among Other Things while sitting in the room we filmed in. Our friend, Andrea, has this amazing apartment that gave us a ton of inspiration not only for aesthetics, but blocking the scenes out as well. In the end, we didn’t have to do much to the set; we just added a few flares of romance and style.
Check out the trailer for the film here, and expect the full video to be released publicly after its run on the circuit.