In his film, “The Southern Belle” – available in its entirety at the bottom of this page courtesy of SnagFilms – filmmaker Patrick Biesemans depicts what happens when “two very volatile personalities” are stuck together in a small space.
“The Southern Belle”
Director: Patrick Biesemans
The full film, “The Southern Belle” is available free on SnagFilms (and at the end of this article). This interview with Patrick is part of a series of SnagFilm filmmaker profiles that will be featured weekly on Indiewire.
The really short synopsis of the film?
Frustration, depression, repression, and confined spaces.
Okay, a little bit more?
It’s really about two men who really focus in on their own singular issues, and it turns out that they both have a common thread of destruction between the two of them.
Tell us about your background? Why did you want to make movies?
I grew up in/around the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to art school in Northern California, a place called Ex’pression, I know, it sounds like an artsy preschool program. But it gave me a great foundation in VFX, art, and design.
What inspired you to make this movie?
I really liked the idea of these two very volatile personalities confined into a very small space – there is no good outcome in that situation.
What was the biggest challenge when developing and producing the project?
Since we were dealing with a small space, the taxi, we wanted to make every shot elegant and claustrophobic. The geography of the story really dictated that anyways. But the biggest challenge was having the actor connect on a personal level with a literal barrier between them… We really had to have the project to each other.
What do you think SnagFilms audiences will respond to most in your movie?
The ending for sure. It’s not a twist or anything like that. But in the screening we’ve been to we’ve notice that people really begin to hold their breath just before the last couple of minutes. And once the ending comes there’s this big collective sign of, not relief, but tension release.
Any specific inspirations when making the movie?
Absolutely! We sourced films like “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Network,” and even “There Will Be Blood.” But I think more important than films was photography – we look at a lot of Gregory Crewdson work, he has a way of telling a whole story in one place, and in one picture.
Any future projects in the works?
I just wrapped production on a short film based on a Charles Bukowski poem.