Intercept – Synopsis

After breaking up with her boyfriend, a tech glitch connects two strangers together.

Intercept was produced for the spring 2018 Digi60 Film Festival in Ottawa, Canada. It premiered at the Mayfair Theater in May 2018 with over 30 other short films. This is the DIRECTOR’S CUT which has an additional 2 minutes of footage and a re-scored soundtrack.

Kirk Knapp

About the director, Kirk Knapp

Kirk Knapp is an Ottawa-based filmmaker.

What inspired your film?

I had a lot of different scripts sent to me for this year’s festival and this one stood out the most for me. I try to produce films that have some sort of moral meaning, this one touching on the subject of potential suicide. Although the subject is just brought up in a phrase “:I want to die” it is still taken seriously. I’ve lost a lot of friends over the years due to suicide and I feel this is a film that should be seen.

What was your biggest challenge in making your film?

I would have to say shooting outside. The forecast is unpredictable and when shooting in a suburb, there are many chances for continuity errors and interference from locals.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

Shooting at Figaro Coffee House. They were more than supportive for this project and went above and beyond for us. They also provided free food and coffee for background talent.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Don’t let others put you down or keep you from doing what you want to do. I’ve produced mostly dramas and I seem to be happy with that. Get involved with local film festivals and challenges so you have a chance to work with professionals and unique talent. Be kind to these people; they are donating their time and effort for your project. Don’t be afraid to contact professionals even on a small budget. The worst they can say is no. Listen to our cast and crew. They have opinions and ideas you may not have thought of. Don’t just direct the cast to where to stand and what to do. Let them become the character and let them have express thoughts on certain lines etc.

What’s next for you?

I made some mistakes over the course of my career and I’ve lost a lot of time and money because of said mistakes. I have learned from the experiences though. At the moment I am working on a potential web series that I planned to shoot over the course of next year but I may instead pitch it to a network so I can get the funding and support I need to bring some work to this area. I’d still like to one day shoot my first feature length film. I had nearly accomplished that but due to unforeseen issues with a crew member, the production was terminated just before going into post production. A very costly lesson to always have your contracts in order and to work with professionals over amateurs. I plan to continue working on local projects but I may start to limit the amount of local festivals I get involved in as I feel I’m ready to move onto stage 2 of film making.

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