Break of Day won Best Feature Film - Jury Award, Best Feature Film - More than $10,000 & Best Cinematographer Award in the 5th Season of MP Film Award Maria Forslin Director & Writer of the Film Break of Day agree to interview with us.
Maria Forslin is a director, actress, screenwriter and producer from Sundsvall, Sweden. She has acted in several short and feature films and she attended Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in NYC in 2016. In the autumn the same year Maria attended a screenwriting course at Film Västernorrland that lasted a few months.
2016 was also the year when Maria founded her production company Mittfilm which has produced four short films since then and one feature film. In August this year she will produce yet another short film.
Maria is extremely ambitious and driven and has an eye for the artistic. In high school, she majored in a media program that included film, photography, graphic design, and audio engineering. She began to write short stories about her own life when she was a teenager.
Maria has written four feature film scripts and several shorts since 2011 and she aims to produce every single one of them.
About the Film: Synopsis: Break of Day Film Synopsis:
When rock singer Anna loses her daughter to cancer, she begins a downward spiral of grief and destructive behavior, threatening to forever stray her away from music and love.
Trailer of "Break of Day"
What was your drive behind making this film?
Maria Forslin: I went through a personal lost and needed to vent and show that life can go on, there will be a tomorrow (break of day = it gets brighter)
How you feel when you are awarded with the MP FILM AWARD Award?
Maria Forslin: Absolutely thrilled and happy! It takes a lot of effort to make a film so it is nice when one gets awarded for all the hard work.
Can you tell us about the greatest moment during shooting this film?
Maria Forslin: Hard to pick just one since they were all great. But I loved shooting the dream scenes, they are there for a reason and are very symbolic and we use foreshadowing etc.
We were really lucky one day, when we shot an interior scene, because it took forever to set up (lights) and just like two minutes after we were done, the whole town had a black out that lasted more than 2 hours.
How rigorously did you stick to the script while shooting?
Maria Forslin: We did almost everything like in the script.
Where there any onset problems During the filming of the film & how did you deal with it?
Maria Forslin: Weather issues, we had to change scenes because of heavy rain, so we had to solve the problem fast by switching scenes from one day to another and so on.
Do you have any advice for young filmmaker out there? Or like yourself?
Maria Forslin: If you can’t get funding, try to do the film yourself. I had to cut like 20 pages from the script in order to be able to shoot this feature. Use locations that you don’t have to pay for etc, rewrite if you have to.
Do you think it is essential to go to a film institute in order to become a successful filmmaker?
Maria Forslin: No.
Which film has inspired you the most?
Maria Forslin: Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorites.
Which particular film maker has influenced you the most?
Maria Forslin: Don’t have a favorite film maker actually. Like a lot of film makers; Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, Amanda Kernell, Lisa Langseth, Christopher Nolan to name a few.
Which book would you love to make a film out of one day?
Maria Forslin: The ones I really like have already been made into films.
If you got the opportunity to go back in time & change something in any particular movie of yours, then which movie & what changes will you opt for?
Maria Forslin: Nothing comes to mind.
If you were to shoot the film again, what would you do differently?
Maria Forslin: Maybe shoot the entire script, before it was cut, and have time to shoot from more angles (every scene), IF I had the money to do so that is.
What is your greatest achievement till date?
Maria Forslin: Break of Day for sure.
How do you pick yourself up after a failed film?
Maria Forslin: Dunno, would probably try to tell myself that by failing, I’m learning something.
Where our viewers can catch you (share your social media)?
Maria Forslin: www.facebook.com/mittfilm
SUBMIT THE FILM NOW