I wrote The Talk as a short scene for a course I took this summer at TheFilmSchool in Seattle. The film took 8 hours to shoot, all of which was done in the car that the main actor was driving. The film was one of my first attempts at dark comedy, which made finding the tone to be especially challenging. In making the film, I was influenced by Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude, Johnathan Dayton's Little Miss Sunshine, and Frank Oz's Death at a Funeral. The film premiered at the Austin Film Festival in Texas at the end of October and has since won the award for Best Grade 1-12 Student Film at the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival, and the Best of Festival award at Interlochen's Future of Cinema Film Festival 2013. The Talk is also a finalist in the Fresh Takes National Youth Filmfest 2013.
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