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INTERVIEW with Director Chantel Harpole on Linger.
1. What did you think of the story/script before we began shooting?
As soon as I read the script, I thought that it was an intriguing situation. The dynamic between the two women struck me as real and seemed both detached & dejected. To me, the story illustrated a concept of infatuation and revelation in regards to one relationship.
2. How was the process creatively for you?
Creatively, the process became a very personal. I felt empathy and understanding for both characters. This really allowed the emotions to narrate the story.
3. As a first time director what were some of the things that happened that you didn't expect, or imagine.
The immediate connection between the characters was a bit of a surprise. Chemistry is a fickle element but crucial to any story. With a strong grasp of character, the lead was able to connect to the right emotions and this led to a good interaction.
4. It was an extremely fast shoot, almost over before it started. How was the experience while shooting? Anything that took you off guard, but in a good way?
The experience was brief but proved to be a moment of growth for myself. Once the filming was complete, I was surprised at the way I was able to give equal energy to both acting and directing (without crossing my wires). My focus was on point for my first shot at directing.
5. Any trying moments?
Nothing other than the weather.
6. You have a nude love scene in the film how difficult was it for you to do that?
It wasnt as difficult as I had anticipated. Before the actual shoot, I thought A LOT about how I was going to go about that particular scene. However, the day of, I was so involved in getting the scenes to tell the story that I didnt concern myself at all with the nervousness of a nude scene.
7. Final thoughts on the film?
This film is an interesting journey though the desperate moments of a broken heart.