A man feels his entire world constantly shaking, making for a lonely existence… until a friendship is imposed upon him by his equally isolated neighbour.
Director Jason Fitzgerald brings us a tale of loneliness and isolation, with a surprising colorful overtone. Fitzgerald said about his film: “Loneliness or isolation is something we’ve all felt at one time or another. But ironically, in a time where we’re supposedly more connected than ever, this issue has never been more apparent. Shakes is a friendship film, about two characters who, in coming together, help make each other’s worlds a little less lonely. It celebrates the power of companionship and the positive impact we can have on the lives of others when we focus just a little less on our own.”
Fitzgerald hails from a musical background. While pursuing his Bachelors of Music, he minored in theatre studies and nurtured a growing passion for film. By the time he graduated, he had decided to pursue film full-time. He has made a number of short films. His latest film “Shakes” has just hit the festival circuit and his previous film “The Insect & The Alien” has been selected to screen at several international film festivals. The latter took home the Director’s Award at the Sci-On Film Festival in Nevada, as well as Best Casting and Best Cinematography at the Sanctuary Cove Film Festival on the Gold Coast. Meanwhile, Jason is currently in post-production on his next short entitled “A Picture of Other People”, as well as developing his first feature film. When not writing, directing and producing his own projects, Fitzgerald works extensively as an assistant director, liaising closely with all departments in order to influence and broaden his skills.
Q/A with Jason Fitzgerald
1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?
The story behind “Shakes” is a long one. The basic idea for the character and his condition popped into my head one day, connected to the idea for the diving board climax, but I did nothing with it for almost a year until I finally figured out how to approach the film thematically and have it driven by the friendship which is now the core of the story.
2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?
My favorite part of the filmmaking process is seeing all the preparation and collaboration come together once we all get on set, it’s such a rewarding feeling.
3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?
The biggest influence for me on this film was Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch Drunk Love.” The idea behind the color palette was lifted directly from that film.
4. What is your favorite film?
I think my favourite films are “In The Mood For Love,” “Synecdoche, New York” and “No Country for Old Men.”
“Shakes” is the first film in the Short Film Session #4, starting on Saturday, August 26 at 2pm.
Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.
These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event.
Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.
For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.