A behind the scenes look at how Swedish filmmaker, David F Sandberg put together a simple, but brilliant short film with nothing more than an idea, an empty apartment, and the equipment basics.
A behind the scenes look at how filmmaker, David F Sandberg and his wife Lotta made their short film, Closet Space. For those aspiring filmmakers out there, it’s fantastic to see how they put all the details together. As it goes, there were some challenges they had to overcome. This Included making their recently moved in, and thus very empty, apartment work in their story. Overcoming sound challenges and making due with limited equipment.
“I’m very much a ‘Jack of all trades’ having done most things on my own productions. I’ve done everything from writing to visual effects to composing music. I enjoy all aspects of filmmaking and I don’t let the absence of budgets stop me from creating, I’ll make do with what I have” David writes on his website.
Closet Space, the final product.
“Though I enjoy animation, documentary work, and short form drama I realized in 2013 that I had wound up quite far from my original goal of making horror and sci-fi films. I figured that in order to get someone with money to trust me with making horror films I better have something to show for myself. So together with my wife Lotta Losten we started making no budget horror films in our apartment. The second film we made was ‘Lights Out’.
Originally made as a contest submission for the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge, ‘Lights Out’ became a huge viral hit with a combined total of over 20 million views. ‘Lights Out’ won the ‘Best Director’ award in the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge and has went on to play at a whole bunch of film festivals around the world where it’s picked up a couple of awards along the way.
Thanks to the success of ‘Lights Out’ I’m now signed with the Paradigm agency and Gotham Group management in Los Angeles and with FatCat Films in Paris.
I’m very much a ‘Jack of all trades’ having done most things on my own productions. I’ve done everything from writing to visual effects to composing music. I enjoy all aspects of filmmaking and I don’t let the absence of budgets stop me from creating, I’ll make do with what I have.” [David F. Sandberg]