OCanFilmFest2018 – End of the Night – Tavit Melikian

End of the Night – Synopsis

After the accidental death of his best friend, Jimmy comes to believe that the friend now haunts his car, but selling it – even with the brother’s help – takes them to a very dark place. 

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 5 p.m.

Eventbrite - Ottawa Canadian Film Festival 2018

About the director, Tavit Melikian

Tavit Melikian graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2010. One of his biggest achievements was having the opportunity to work on the movie “Noah”, as a special makeup effects artist. He directed his first short film titled “End of The Night” and is currently working on directing his next film. 

What inspired your film? 

I’ve always wanted to make a short film, but I also didn’t want to fall into the traps of low budget storytelling. I also wanted my first film to be about the actors. Let the actors tell the story and I will just follow (an actor’s director).  I came up with the story when I thought about the relationship I have with my own best friend. I’ve known him for 25 years, but what if he passes away one day?  Would I still hang out with his younger brother?

What was your biggest challenge in making your film?

The biggest challenge was to keep pushing forward when everything was collapsing on set. They called it the Monsoon of Montreal, the month we were shooting in. Lights and camera fell, actors were freezing cold, locations were ruined by rain and wind and we had to replace the car 3 times, because it kept breaking down.

What was the best part of the experience for you? 

I won’t lie, it was a pretty hard experience. I had the feeling of failure throughout the entire production. But the best part was the realization that I wasn’t alone. Even though I was the director, my crew had my back. Whenever things went wrong, my crew and first AD fixed the problems. Whenever I was panicking, my producer would pull me aside and calm me down. It is undeniably a team effort, and without a team, nothing happens!

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers? 

Just go out and do it, by any means necessary. There is no excuse! If you have a dream, nothing should stop you! Fear and failure are apart of what makes you an amazing filmmaker. Embrace them. If you can’t make your own films, try to work on other peoples films. Like I said, by any means necessary!

What’s next for you?

I just want to keep working on productions. Whether it’s music videos or just helping out on set. I’ve already shot my second short film called “The Order of Things To Come”. It’s in post-production right now. Set to release in November. I’m also working on making my first feature film next year. Really excited about that.

 

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