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Interview With Jonathan Geffner Winner of Cinefern Film Award and Competition

Trillo & Suede a Web Series Written and Produced by Jonathan Geffner won Best Web Series award at Cinefern Film Award and Competition's June 2020.

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The Film is about Film noir parody web series featuring a ventriloquist/detective and his wooden partner in a New York City alternate universe.

Two seasons of the Web Series have been released, ten episodes in each season.

I am the writer/creator/executive producer/star of the web series. I am a real life professional ventriloquist.

Interview With Jonathan Geffner

Q: What is the basic Idea Behind the film?

Jonathan Geffner: To create an alternate universe parody of classic film noir detective movies.

Q: How do you handle the Pre-Production, and Post Production?

Jonathan Geffner: This is a self-funded project so I’ve worked hard to produce high production value on a very tight budget.

Q: What do you do to stay calm during Production of the film?

Jonathan Geffner: I’ve tried to plan the productions as well as possible, and to plan for things to go wrong…because things ALWAYS go wrong in film production.

Q: What sort of stories excites you?

Jonathan Geffner: Stories in which the characters matter, where we care about the characters. Even in comedy I try to make my characters feel real and three dimensional. I want the comedy to emerge from a feeling of realness, rather than just being silly.

Q: Do you think all the good stories have already been made into a movie?

Jonathan Geffner: The only limits are the limits of filmmakers’ imaginations. Every person has a story worth telling. One of my favorite tv series is The Naked City – 1958 -1963. The tag line at the end of every episode was: “There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.”

Q: While casting for your film you prefer to cast a well known face or any new face which fit the character?

Jonathan Geffner: So far I haven’t had the option of casting anyone known due to my limited budget. If I find funding for the feature films I have written – all Trillo& Suede films – I would still want to cast the best actor for each role, rather than the most famous one.

Q: What is the most enjoyable thing about Production of the film?

Jonathan Geffner: The excitement of bringing my vision to life.

Q: What is the best possible way to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?

Jonathan Geffner: Social media is crucial these days. I’m not great at it but I do it because I must, and I’m learning all the time how to get better at it.

Q: When your next film is coming and what is it about?

Jonathan Geffner: I have just finished principal photography on my new Trillo& Suede short film, Casanoir. I’m very excited about it – it’s a parody of the iconic 1942 movie, Casablanca. RT will be about 22 minutes.

Q: What advice do you want to give to the new and upcoming filmmakers?

Jonathan Geffner: Just do it! If you don’t have money for a real budget start by shooting short films with a smart phone. Network with other aspiring filmmakers and help each other out. Build your network and your knowledge and experience.


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