Q&A Piano Man - Director

Andrew Wilding, a 26 year old director, from Los Angeles talks with MaltaFilmIcon about his first time experience working in films, 'guns culture', and his future projects.


Short Film: Piano Man

Country: America

Genre: a black comedy/high tragedy

Starring: Antony Langdon,

Scored by Eric Iskowitz,

Directed and shot by Andrew Wilding

Produced by Joseph Getty for Aesthete Films

Duration: 09:34



1)  In which country was the movie filmed?


Piano Man was filmed in The USA, in Hollywood, California. This place is famous for its remarkable sunsets, rows and rows of manicured palm trees, and voluptuous blonde beauties lounging perpetually by the beach in revealing swimsuits. In a characteristic flourish of self sabotage, however, none of these wonderful things are featured in Piano Man, which might have been shot as satisfactorily in Belgrade.


2)  What's the real meaning behind this film?


I suppose the film is really about selfishness, in a way. Selfishness, of course, is the defining characteristic of all animals: The will to survive and prosper, even at the cost of someone else's life or wellbeing. Until we learn to overcome this, we are nothing more than wolves or gorillas in neck ties. It's rather bleak, I guess. But in fact it was meant to be a comedy. The comedy got blacker and blacker as the shoot went on until it was nearly impossible to detect the traces of it in the final picture.


This is all a bit of grandstanding on my part though. The point of Piano Man was to see if I could write, direct, DP and edit a project. And too see how thin I could stretch a budget. That was primarily what this film was about. It was my first time working in film and I was just trying to get a lay of the land.


3)  Do you think that 'guns' are associated with American Culture and therefore Europeans shouldn't implement them in their films?


No, I actually disagree with that. I don't believe that guns are substantially different from any of the tools that humans have used to maim and kill each other since we crawled out of the trees and took our first feeble steps on two legs. A gun is no different than a blunt rock, a spear, and an arrow, a dagger. The impulse to take another life is not American, or European, but Human.


And further, violence has been a mainstay of drama and in fact all art since at least the Greeks. And even cave paintings depict hunting and bloodletting.


Violence heightens dramatic situations. When life hangs in the balance, every decision is amplified, every emotion staggering. If Shakespeare were alive and writing today, he wouldn't shy away from guns.


4)  Any future short films?


I don't have any planned at the moment. I'm trying to focus on writing a feature film and possibly directing a piece for theater. If I fell in love with a story that was ideally suited to the short format though, I might do it. However, it is very difficult to make situations and characters that feel alive and complex within the boundaries of a short film. And further, short films are generally not seen by as wide an audience as most filmmakers, myself certainly included, crave. The cost/effort to exposure ratio is not nearly so high as on a feature film, or even a music video. This may be changing due to vimeo.com and similar sites, like yours for example.