We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet E.J. Carter, director of Cupcake. This film will be screening Friday, Feb.7 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
Cupcake is fun, suspenseful, unexpected, and it is also really short so saying much more about it would probably give it away.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
It is entirely possible to shoot a complete second film only 8 hours after finishing 18 hours straight on another entire film. Possible but not necessarily recommended. In some ways though that is also the best part - getting to work with people you enjoy working with and knowing that you can have the confidence to let people shine in whatever role they have whether its acting or writing or sound and in the end it works out and people are happy with it. Collaboration is always the best part in my opinion.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I started as an observer really. I observed all the different roles people play to make a film come together and feel in love with the teamwork, problem solving, and the fact that in the end there was a tangible and observable creation that everyone could share. I started script supervising a few times and then did 48 hour films. Cupcake (and another film shot that weekend) were my first non-48 hour films, though they were shot on a similar timeline.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
I want them to be curious what it is about and to come see it because they have no idea what to expect.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
I hope people enjoy Cupcake and want to see more from everyone involved.