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.
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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