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Chris Lumb - Our only defence

on Tuesday, 23 April 2013.


What’s your background and how did you get into film-making?

I have always been interested in films from a young age and more importantly how they are constructed, I've been using cameras from an early age making some pretty bad efforts to start with! I didn't train in film making, just decided to have a go!

How did the idea for Our Only Defence come about?

The idea of Our Only Defence came from the writer and co-director Matthew Hick. He wrote the original draft and then we worked on it together. His idea was to make a realistic drama about a woman in a trapped existence.

Why did you choose to use black and white footage for Our Only Defence?

The reason we filmed in black and white is simply because we felt the film would feel more gritty that way.

Does your background in comedy affect your film-making?

Having a comedy background doesn't really affect the film making, I think I am good at adapting to whatever we are doing at the time, it's nice to be able to mix things up too, try new things film wise.

What is Lumbfilm Productions, and what do you hope to achieve with it?

Lumbfilm Productions is a company I set up so we could label the films and keep them under one banner, we hope to work towards making films that keep entertaining people as we go and raise the quality of the film making.

Did you encounter any unexpected difficulties in making the film?

We didn't encounter many difficulties as I like to plan in advance, we were pushed for time as we wanted to get the whole thing done in one day due to actor availability.

Are there any added challenges if you’re both acting in and directing a film?

Acting and directing is a challenge, we made a feature film which I was a main role in, but I reasoned that because I would be there anyway I might as well be in it to make things easier on getting cast to locations! For Our Only Defence we actually cast a different actor and he pulled out so I had to step in at the last minute.

What advice would you give to someone interested in making short films?

The best advice is to just get filming! There are plenty of people out there who say " I'm going to make this" but nothing happens. No matter what budget you have, get hold of a camera and just film. I think it's the best way to learn and remember there are no set rules, do it how you want to do it. Festivals and film nights are great for feedback too.

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