The People Behind The Film
We caught up with the writer/director and the two the lead actors of Fin during our visit to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada. We ended up having a great chat! The writer/director Dan Slater and lead actor Adam Booth produced the short together, and cast actress Camille Hollet-French shortly after kicking off the project. Dan had written the story years ago, and when discussing the idea with Adam, they decided to turn it into a short film.
Battling mental illness is a constantly changing experience. We wanted to make something different and interesting around that, so people would talk about it more.
The film was well received because it investigates the issue of mental illness. This is something so many people are struggling with, yet still has a level of ‘stigma’ attached to it, which may make it difficult for people to talk about.
Dan mentions having experienced issues around mental illness fairly close to home, with his mother and brother having worked with patients directly. It’s always about communication, and people suffering from mental illness can change fairly suddenly. The film drew from this experience a lot, Dan ended up playing a lot with the element of “time” in the film, showing how Fin’s perspective on his environment was constantly in flux.
Fin was originally meant to be a 6 minute short
The film you just saw actually took quite a number of years from its first conception. It was originally meant as a 6 minute short, written by Dan in his high school days. Adam and Dan had worked together on some other shorts before, and decided to go back to that script. They wanted to take more than 6 minutes to fully investigate the issues and problems around mental illness, so Dan added some more material to the script before they produced it.
Most of the scenes were shot late nights to early mornings, which really created a strong atmosphere that matched the script quite well. Everyone was tired, and the environment felt more eerie and delusional, with the cast and crew being the only people up at that time in an abandoned office space.
We wanted something that would instill a little bit of fear and terror in everybody
The team spent a little over $8,000 to create the film, which had to date been the highest budget film they worked on. It still ended up not being enough, but due to pulling favors and people supporting the project for free, they were able to create a great film.
The team created a character they called “The Dark Shadow”, which was basically a part of Fin’s psyche. Getting this character ‘right’ proved challenging, getting the right costume and make up together, and using minimal post-effects. Initially, Adam was also supposed to play that character, but due to time constraints, they ended up using their producing partner Matt. This actually worked out pretty well.
We’ve been featured in about half a dozen festivals, both in Canada and abroad
Fin ended up being very well received across the board. The film was screened in California, London and Toronto. It even won an award in Toronto, called the Irving Avrich Award.
The team does believe that shorts do need a separate place to ‘live’ outside of film festivals, so they were very excited to be featured on Snoovies app. We’re humbled to be the platform of the first ‘global release’ of Fin.
Dan and Adam would love for you to reach out to them directly and tell them what you thought of the film. Do not hesitate! Check out their production company Multiname Production, they’re also active on Twitter.
Keep an eye on Actress Camille Hollet-French via IMDb, Instagram, or her Twitter or her website.