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Back in summer 2005, this writer had the pleasure of
appearing in a short film called SOMETHING’S WRONG, a TWILIGHT ZONE-ish tale of
two campers who come across two corpses that are eerily familiar, with things
going awry from there. I was very impressed with then 20-year-old director
Matthew Nayman: He was confident on set, could think on his feet and had a
knowledge of film beyond his years. It was clear we would be hearing more from
That day has come as Nayman’s newest creepy short, BLIND
SPOT, plays at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival, screening Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. before
Xavier Gens’ THE DIVIDE. Fango spoke with Nayman about the new film.
FANGORIA: What is BLIND SPOT about?
MATTHEW NAYMAN: BLIND SPOT is about how small, innocuous things can distract us from
the bigger picture. The film is designed to be both familiar and alienating. It
takes place in a car stuck in highway traffic—a familiar situation for most of
us—and is told in real time without any edits. Our protagonist, who is
stationary and in focus for the entire movie, struggles with the banalities of
changing his flight booking over the phone. While he remains motionless relative
to the camera, the world behind him—in his blind spot—is constantly moving and
changing. As he progresses along his route, the world outside slips from the
familiar into the surreal. Essentially, BLIND SPOT is about how easy it is to
miss a terrible truth until it is too late.
FANG: Where did you get the idea?
NAYMAN: The basic concept has been with me for a while. I find the idea of
watching a disaster unfold from a distance quite terrifying. The only thing
worse is not seeing the event happen until it’s too late. I also had to address
the realities of getting a self-financed indie short made while working a
full-time job. I needed a story which took place in one location, had only a
few characters in it, would be filmable in a weekend and would be short enough
to be competitive on the festival circuit. This particular story both appealed
to me and filled those requirements. It’s tempting to try and make a
mini-feature when producing a short, but I really wanted something precise and
self-contained—maybe something that an audience member will go back and watch
again to see what they missed.
FANG: Tell us about the movie’s production.
NAYMAN: We shot BLIND SPOT at Pie in the Sky studios in
Toronto. It’s a great facility, and they were very generous. We had a small
crew and spent half the day nailing our interactive lighting, and lighting the
greenscreen, and the second half filming. In total, we only used nine hours of
studio time for the entire setup, filming and tear-down. Our lead actor,
Brandon Brackenbury, was fantastic, and nailed the five-minute take we used on
the second go-round. We shot on a Sony EX-1R, recording 4:2:2 over HD-SDI to a
Convergent Designs nanoFlash recorder. We also shot a witness pass for the
reflection in the driver-side window using a Canon HV40 shooting HDV tape.
The most difficult part of BLIND SPOT to complete was postproduction. The movie
owes a lot of its power to my wonderful postproduction supervisor and
co-producer, Mike Boers. He’s a fantastic visual effects artist, and was
integral to bringing this film to life even during the scripting stage. We
spent about five months working together on the CGI and compositing, using some
beefy home computers and a lot of state-of-the-art software. Five minutes is a
long time for any visual effects shot to hold up, and ours had to fill
two-thirds of the screen for the entire movie. I am very proud of the effects
we achieved for BLIND SPOT on such a minuscule budget.
FANG: What are you working on next?
NAYMAN: I’m trying to adapt a wonderful short story by author Mike Krath,
titled “A Most Ambitious Experiment.” It tells the story of a man who invents a
time machine for his own financial gain, but discovers that time isn’t so
easily altered. Mr. Krath has given me his blessing to get the film made, and
I’m really looking forward to starting another sci-fi short.
For those not able to make it to Toronto After Dark, they
will be able to find this short at Nayman’s website shortly, and they can see some of his other work there as well. The Toronto
After Dark Film Festival runs Oct. 20-27 at the Toronto Underground Cinema (186
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