5Q's w/Derek Parsons "Edward" Director

#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 140 characters

Edward is about outsiders, orderliness and intimacy.  Edward must choose between his way of life and the right way.  But what would you do?

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

Edward is the study of a man without feelings.  His fascination with other people’s lives is all about how “ordinary” people interact with each other, something he is not able to do.  

He only sees life in colour when looking through his lens, otherwise all is black and white.

Have not must of us been put in a position where we know more than we should and to say so will reveal too much of ourselves?  What if what we know is very important but also very damaging?

#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

As a lawyer, I have always needed to write but I began writing for film about 7 years ago and thought that joining a film group would teach me the process of making a film and that would improve my writing.

With the support and encouragement of my local film groups (we are blessed with two in Southampton), I wrote, produced and Directed Edward.  My first ever project.

Without any doubt, my writing has improved just from going though that process.  I also found out that I enjoy producing and have gone on to produce a number of short films and have one feature in development.

#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

It really is about the personal relationships - and the catering!  Everyone worked long hours and mostly for free.  Their commitment was humbling and it means I will help them all in any way I can.

#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

Edward is still going to festivals but has now been added to with two new shorts, Time to Pay which has already been shortlisted for some festivals and Treble Clef which is currently in post production.

I hope to produce other feature projects, using these short films as evidence of my writing and producing abilities.

Matthew NothelferComment