Kino #79 // Interview with a filmmaker // Rob Heard

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At Kino #79 we caught up with filmmaker Rob who screened his new short about a man and his imaginary wife called “No one sees her”.

Briefly describe your film

It’s a talking head interview with a man who is in love with his invisible wife. He may or may not be crackers.

Where did the idea for the film come from?

Prior to this I made a very emotionally heavy film which bummed out the audiences who saw it. This time I wanted to do something a lot lighter which would make people laugh, that I could do with literally one bloke in a room and zero budget.

How did the film get made?

I wrote a basic outline for a script, we discussed it over a pint and then set a date. We shot the film in my house over the course of a morning. Shooting the interview first, Femi ad-libbed bits and brought his own interpretation to the character, which was great. We then met up a couple of weeks later to shoot the scenes in the park. I cut the film in the evenings over the course of a couple of weeks.

Did screening at Kino help with your future films?

Yes, the buzz of seeing it with an audience has inspired us to make another film straight away and we now know we want to do another comedy. We learned a lot about what makes people laugh and it helped us to get a sense of pacing. It was only 6 minutes long, but it should probably have been even shorter. It was interesting to discuss what we thought worked from the other films we saw.

Did you learn anything from screening at Kino?

Yes, comedy is a good way to go if you’re on a very low budget.

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Rob is a film maker who specialises in shooting ads. See more of his work here.

Would you like to screen your short film at Kino? View how, here.

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