The WAFTI Team recently released their short film, Nothing Depends On This (or Venus in Transit), to the public for free. Aaron Souders talks about their 48 Hour Film Project in this Creator Conversation, which you can watch the Director’s Cut above.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your role with Nothing Depends on This?
As a group of guys making a podcast about urban adventuring in OKC, we hosted several shows about film for 48 Hour Film Project and deadCenter. We were encouraged to take part in the film culture in OKC. As film enthusiasts ourselves, we couldn’t resist.
What five words would you use to describe your short film?
A step-mother battles her arch-nemesis.
What is Nothing Depends on This about?
NDOT is about a strong woman who will go to any lengths to show her dedication to her family. When she’s pushed too far, nothing can stand in her way.
How did the idea come to life?
The idea came from our participation in the 48 Hour Film Project. We were required to make a Film de Femme as an adventure flick.
What was the greatest challenge you overcame in this production?
Working as a team that barely knew each other and executing complicated setups and shots in short periods of time. And it was hot.
What did you enjoy about making the movie?
The pressure of time that pushed us to solve problems quickly, accept our results immediately, and move on to the next shot while following our gut and constantly questioning ourselves. Then seeing the final product come to life. It was like living a life-time in a weekend.
Where in Oklahoma was it filmed?
Filmed on location in Oklahoma City.
What advice do you have for other filmmakers?
All artists constantly question themselves and their intuition. Use it to your benefit and never stop creating.
Why should one see it?
First of all, we think it’s fun. One character experiences OKC in one day through a myriad of engaging, social and physically demanding events that showcases some of the excitement our city has to offer. This film also shows that anybody with the desire can get out there and make a short film.
Anything else you want people to know?
We are forever grateful to our team who worked on this film, the businesses and leaders in our community that let us call-in many favors, and the local film community that welcomed and encouraged us.