2020 FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: SANDRA SAYS
Rich Vaughn's film Sandra Says screens at the Online New England Film Festival
NewEnglandFilm.com talks with Rich Vaughn about his film Sandra Says, which screens in the 2020 Online New England Film Festival.
NewEnglandFilm.com: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?
Rich Vaughn: I worked briefly as a PA in the 80’s and fell in love with the filmmaking process. No film school, just started shooting. Recently I did receive some basic edit training from, the Media Arts Center, in Hamden Connecticut. This allowed me to create a rough cut of my vision, which eliminated a lot of frustration, and saved money.
NewEnglandFilm.com: What inspired you to make your film?
Vaughn: I was mainly inspired to make Sandra Says by the opportunity it presented to work with a top-notch cast and crew.
NewEnglandFilm.com: Where has the film been shown?
Vaughn: We’ve had one private screening so far. There were several laugh points but the “beauty tip scene” and the “tub scene” were especially well received.
NewEnglandFilm.com: How did you find your cast and crew for this film?
Vaughn: I was able to put the perfect cast together from actor and comedian friends that I’ve worked with in the past and friends that they suggested for various roles. Regarding the crew, a filmmaker friend of mine turned me onto Media Arts Center for another film I was producing. Ever since, nothing less will do.
NewEnglandFilm.com: How does your film fit into today’s current social and political moment?
Vaughn: One of the messages in Sandra is – One is best served by being open-minded to new and different ideas.
NewEnglandFilm.com: What do you hope people take away from watching your film?
Vaughn: One of the messages in Sandra is: One is best served by being open-minded to new and different ideas.
NewEnglandFilm.com: What other projects are you working on?
Vaughn: In addition to two feature-length screenplays in development, we’re putting the final post-production touches on Dive Shop, a short film based in Key West, Florida….Stay tuned.
NewEnglandFilm.com: Any advice on making films you want to share?
Vaughn: My advice is to relish and respect the collaborative nature of filmmaking, and never give up.
Sandra Says screens at the 2020 Online New England Film Festival at NewEnglandFilm.com.