As It Was – Synopsis

A young boy, Mason, senses that the relationship between his parents isn’t as perfect as he thought. His older siblings are coming to terms with their futures already, while he struggles to understand the nature of family separation.

Blake Garbe

About the director, Blake Garbe

Blake Garbe is a Canadian-born director who works out of Toronto, ON. Blake has directed multiple short films including As It Was (2017), #JoelforPrez (2016), The Feeding (2015) and Bright Idea (2015). His films have been accepted into multiple festivals such as Toronto Youth Shorts TS180, #TOFF, LA Cinefest and The Kyiv International Film Festival.

What inspired your film?

The inspiration for the film came from writer, Celise LaGrange. It was a subject close to her heart and came from experience as a child of divorce.

What was your biggest challenge in making your film?

The biggest challenge in the filmmaking process was working with the actors on creating a believable family dynamic. I think part of our success in this came from early rehearsals of the breakfast scene and having everyone meet before the first day of filming. This allowed the actors to have a comfort around each other that felt natural during the filming.

What was the best part of the experience for you? 

The best part of the experience for me was not having to worry about much else on set other than the actor’s performances. The months of planning ahead of time, along with excellent department heads allowed me to work with the actors and not worry about the cinematography or the schedule as much as other productions do. If you work with talented people, it makes your life easier.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Being an aspiring filmmaker myself, I don’t know how qualified I am to give advice. If I had to say something, it’s that filmmakers should make things that they want to make and don’t just make things for the sake of saying you made something. 

What’s next for you? 

Right now I am working with a writer on a script for a mocumentary about a man who lives in constant fear of the Wet Bandits from the classic Christmas movie, Home Alone. We are starting to film in late September and are aiming for a release around Christmas.

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