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Interview With Richard Anthony Dunford the Director of the Film Dragonflies only live for 24 hours

Dragonflies only live for 24 hours won Best Feature Film - Between $5000 - $10,000 Award in the 2nd Season of MP Film Award Richard Anthony Dunford Director, Writer & Producer of the Film Dragonflies only live for 24 hours agree to interview with us.

Richard Anthony Dunford

Richard Anthony Dunford: Filmmaker from the south coast of England. His films have been selected to over 100 film festivals internationally including Oscar & Bafta qualifying film festivals.

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About the Film: Synopsis: Dragonflies only live for 24 hours Film Synopsis:

Two ambitious detectives’ stakeout a potential drugs ring. The story goes back and forth between this present day thread and seeing how they quickly rose through the ranks of the police force while investigating a suspected gang related murder with racial connotations.

What was your drive behind making this film?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: Just wanting to show what we could do really. That we could pull off a feature film, tell a story and to try and show that there’s some potential there for bigger things.

How you feel when you are awarded with the MP FILM AWARD Award?

Richard Anthony Dunford: It’s great to get some recognition for something you’ve created from scratch. Makes it feel all the sweat and pain was worth it.

Can you tell us about the greatest moment during shooting this film?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: What felt like the best moment was actually after shooting when the film got picked up for a nationwide DVD release in UK shops and supermarkets. Felt like a nice milestone as a filmmaker; especially for a film made on a no budget.

How rigorously did you stick to the script while shooting?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: Stuck pretty closely to the script. When you’re trying to make something on a shoestring budget time at locations and with cast & crew is pretty limited so everything needs to be planned ahead of time to get the most out of every minute.

Where there any onset problems During the filming of the film & how did you deal with it?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: I can’t even remember the amount of things that went wrong there were so many. It definitely felt cursed at times. We showed up to film at one house we’d booked and the owner we’d spoken too just a couple of days before for a time to let us in was nowhere to be seen, then we called him up and he was in another country. On a night shoot out in the middle of nowhere the car we were filming in got stuck in the mud; pitch black, 3 in the morning. In the end we had to abandon it and come back the next day with shovels to dig it out. I guess you just have to roll with the punches and keep the belief you’ll get to the finish line eventually.

Do you have any advice for young filmmaker out there? Or like yourself?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: Don’t do it. Save yourself endless stress and heartache before it’s too late.

Do you think it is essential to go to a film institute in order to become a successful filmmaker?

Richard Anthony Dunford: It can’t hurt but then the majority of the big name filmmakers never went.

Which film has inspired you the most?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: Rocky IV. Need I say more?!

Which particular film maker has influenced you the most?

Richard Anthony Dunford: I wouldn’t say I was influenced by just one particular filmmaker, more a mixture of a big bunch but I think Christopher Nolan is the best in the world right now.

Which book would you love to make a film out of one day?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: There’s a short story by Chuck Palahniuk I’d love to turn into a film one day or my own novel ‘Tabula Rasa’ that got published back in 2012.

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?

Richard Anthony Dunford: I’m not sure. You could go back and tinker forever. There’s that famous saying a film is never truly finished just abandoned.

If you were to shoot the film again, what would you do differently?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: If we had a proper budget then it could be more expansive but other than that I’m happy with how it turned out.

What is your greatest achievement till date?

Richard Anthony Dunford: Back in 2014 I got a short film called ‘Lovers Lookout’ accepted into an Oscar/Bafta qualifying film festival. It was shot in a day, made with a 4 person crew and on a few hundred pounds so to be selected alongside shorts with major arts council funding behind them and Hollywood size crews was pretty cool. One of the films we were up against did actually win the Oscar that year.

How do you pick yourself up after a failed film?

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Richard Anthony Dunford: I’ve thought about chucking the towel in a thousand times but I’m always drawn back. Storytelling excites me. I’m not sure why. It just does. I’ve always been a daydreamer. So I guess it’s just the love of it that keeps me going.

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