Émile V. Schlesser explains how he made the unlikeable conniving protagonists of his tragicomic short film satire so effortlessly compelling.
Anthony Oberbeck explains how he achieved the off-kilter tone of his comedic deadpan short through an uncanny use of creeping cinematography.
Amber Schaefer talks through the cinematic tricks she utilised to expose the oblivious comedic nature of influencer culture in her cringe-inducing short.
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Harry Sherriff explains how he used the application deadline for the NFTS as a creative motivator when conceiving his deliciously dark, surreal meta-comedy.
Savvas Stavrou talks to DN about the tone and style inspirations of ‘A Jar of Nuts’, his wryly dark comedy about the repercussions of social isolation.
DN talks to Mitch deQuilettes about the self-referential filmmaking of 'Staff Pick' a dark comedy reality hopping meta-narrative about outsized male egos.
Sam McMullen breaks down the key visual concepts he employed to translate his Irish black comedy 'The Cocaine Famine' from a well-known play to short film.
Raphael Gonzalez explains how he delivered a witty, thoughtful portrayal of the bonds of friendship in his dark, impossible request comedy 'The Living'.
Matt McClung shares how he balanced the threatening tone of disturbing online behaviours personified IRL with lighter moments of comedy in 'One to One'.
Described as Willy Wonka and the Guilt Factory DN delves into director Richard Paris Wilson's 'Clean' the story of a man forced to reckon with his actions.
Hadley Hillel lays out the challenges of constructing a fantasy world from scratch in 'ERNIE' — a stirring tale of two lost souls finding each other.
Bailey Tom Bailey walks DN through the squeamish practical effects behind his wince-inducing comical body horror short 'The History of Nipples'.
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