It Could Be You – Synopsis
‘It could be you!’ says the big cardboard man in the convenience store. Bernie knows it will never be him. Still, as he trudges through life in a grey, dull world where people say as little as possible to each other, the highlight of Bernie’s soul-crushing daily routine is buying, checking and then crumpling his losing lottery tickets. What Bernie doesn’t know – yet – is that fortune comes in many forms, and at any moment it can slam into you like a speeding car. Or in this case, an SUV.
(Screened at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3, 2018)
About the director, Cody Westman
Cody Westman has been involved in the film and entertainment industries in Montreal, Vancouver and St. John’s since 1999. In 2001 Cody directed and produced his first piece, a web pilot entitled ‘Beyond Travel’. Since then he has worked in the film industry, while producing and directing commercials, corporate video, music videos, short films, and working as a touring musician.
In 2013, Cody began production on his first documentary ‘That LITTLE Room – The Story of Erin’s Pub’ which was picked up by Air Canada internationally, NTV, the Nickel Film Festival, and the Kerry Film Festival in Ireland. Under the production company Cats Eye Cinema INC., Cody has produced / directed / edited two short films (Deadline & It Could Be You) and is starting production on a Telefilm supported short film CASEY in April 2017. Cody works full time in video production and lives with his wife and 2 boys in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
What inspired your film?
I think I was watching something about how the lottery changed someone’s life. The before and after were so stark and epic, and I thought ‘what if someone just spends their whole life trying to get something that is rather unattainable and misses out on things that are right in front of them, ie love?’
What was your biggest challenge in making your film?
Well making movies in Newfoundland is difficult at the best of times because of our harsh climate and crazy winds. We shot that film over 2 days in late April, and on the second day (April 23) we had a freak storm of 50 cm of snow! We knew it was coming so we changed the schedule around for interior vs. exterior etc and went with it. It instantly turned into a winter film!
What was the best part of the experience for you?
This was my first real fiction short, so just getting all these people on board to work on it and believe in it, even for a couple days was great. The best part was working with talented actors and having that collaboration. It felt great and now I’m hooked!
What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?
Keep writing, keep jotting down ideas, apply for grants cause the money is out there!, and find people to collaborate with – if you respect someone’s work, reach out to them and ask them to co-write. It might be the perfect time in their life to write with you, especially if you can send them an already started or first draft screenplay. You can’t do it all by yourself, and why would you want to?
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on a feature music documentary but I can’t reveal it until more funding comes through (cause there is a chance it might not get made so I don’t want to announce it) but it will be very cool if I can get it to the next level. I have also teamed up with a talented actor/writer in Toronto and we are bouncing around ideas for the next short. Stay tuned!