Jennifer Merino
COPY EDITOR

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JENNIFER MERINO walks into KPOET.

JENNIFER and LUIS MANZO shake hands. 

 

JENNIFER 

So, can you tell me a little bit about the short film that VPS is producing?

 

LUIS

The film is called Josh and the Sound Gig, it’s a comedy. It basically follows this sound guy in the film industry, who overhears these two interns for this big-shot director talking about murder. The film follows him trying to figure out who they’re trying to kill. It has a humorous twist to it because he’s an aspiring actor.

 

JENNIFER 

(pause)

What was the process of making the film?

 

LUIS

The processwas a difficult one. We shot the film on campus, off campus, at an apartment with a pool, and a studio in Burbank, which was really cool, but booking it was another process. Since the film was unpaid, we had to work around each other’s schedules, so it was definitely a big task that we had to take on since it was shot on the weekends. 

 

JENNIFER 

What was your part during the process?

 

LUIS

I like organizing schedules, locations, etc., which is what I did. As the producer I made sure all the filming went smoothly, and I coordinated with all the crew members and actors to make sure everyone was on set when they were supposed to be. I really enjoyed that, I love doing that kind of thing. 

 

JENNIFER 

That sounds fun. Who specifically worked it? Was it a large crew?

 

      LUIS

Yes, there was a large number of people from VPS. The director of the film is an alumnus and another producer was an alumnus. It starred real actors that the director reached out to as a favor. It was pretty legit since we were using working actors, it made the production feel a bit more authentic. 

 

JENNIFER

I heard that you guys may be submitting this film to Sundance Film Festival?

 

LUIS

Yes.

 

JENNIFER

Do you feel that you may have any hardships meeting the deadline?

 

LUIS

No, I mean, I think with editing a film, one thing you don’t want to do, and one thing we’re not doing, is rushing to meet the deadline because it may not result in an adequate product. If not this year, then we will be submitting it next year. With film festivals, the films cannot be more than a year and a half old, so if we submit next year, we should be within that time frame. We’re definitely taking our time with it. We should be done by this month, but it all depends on how editing goes. For example, if we have to, we reshoot a scene because sometimes that’s how it happens. 

 

JENNIFER

Looking back on this experience, what would you rate it?

 

LUIS

I rate it a seven because it was a very stressful process and it could be a bit frustrating at times filming with people who aren’t being paid, which is understandable, because you always want to be paid for your labor. So that is one of the hardest aspects with doing student films/short films, where you don’t have a budget, because you always have to work around people’s schedules. People may prioritize other things over the film.

 

JENNIFER

What are your expectations for the film?

 

LUIS

Based on the footage that I have seen and edited, it looks good; it looks really good! I am really excited for it. The actor we got to play the role did an amazing job. I believe he embodied the role really well, and I really like the dialogue, it’s really witty. I just think it’s a well-rounded script. 

 

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PICTURED ABOVE: Stills from the short film, Josh and the Sound Gig.