Hardcore Crash the Super Bowl fans will remember the 2013-2014 finalist ad, Office Thief which featured a cheese dust-covered employee who may or may not have been stealing his co-worker’s Doritos. Well the director of that ad, Chris Capel is really on a roll because his new short film, “Living with Jigsaw” just made the Project Greenlight finals. Here now is a quick Q&A I did with Chris about Doritos, Project Greenlight and his new roommate, JigSaw.
VCN: So first things first, how did making the CTSB finals affect your life?
CC: It was pretty amazing. I got my first few paid directing gigs from the exposure, so it definitely started me on that path.
VCN: What inspired you to try out for Project Green Light?
CC: I watched the third season back when it was on and seeing into the filmmaking process was incredibly exciting. Once they announced the new season I knew we had to enter.
VCN: Where did you get the idea for your short?
CC: My writing partner Richard Price and I originally came up with a comedy short called, “Living With A Merman”. It’s a similar premise to Jigsaw, just with a merman instead. Since then we’ve come up with several other “Living With” scenarios and we want to eventually turn it into a digital series.
VCN: What was production like?
CC. We shot it on a panasonic hpx170 with a Redrock 35mm adapter. It was a one-day shoot. This was the first time we worked with an actual DP. John Hafner and his crew were pretty amazing. Totally on the ball and we got a lot shot in one day. It was refreshing to get a glimpse of what it’s like to work on a real set.
VCN: How did you find out that you made the finals?
CC: We received an email from the staff at PGL shortly after they announced the finalists on Facebook. I saw the facebook post first and just about peed my pants. Needless to say it was incredibly exciting.
VCN: What needs to happen for you to win a slot on the show?
CC: So from the top 20 they narrow it down to 10. One of the top ten is determined by who gets the most votes via facebook. The other 9 are chosen by a panel of experts from the show/industry. From there we make a short interpretation of a script they will be providing and the winner is chosen after that.
If you’d like to vote for Chris’ short, head to projectgreenlight.com and click on “Living with Jigsaw.” Voting is done via a facebook app but be aware, you can only click the vote button after the entire video has played. (That’s actually a very clever way to prevent cheating I bet Ben Affleck came up with that feature himself.) Fortunately Chris’ film is very watch-able so you won’t have any problem making it all the way to the end. Seriously….you should check it out. I literally lol’ed out loud like 5 times.