IN 15 minutes, Bossi Baker’s Scaredy Cats takes us on a strange journey in a sort of post-apocalyptic setting with two friends, who meet — you guessed it — a drifter along the way.
Scaredy Cats screens Mon. Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lucas Theatre and Fri. Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theatre. We spoke to Bossi last week.
Tell us about the genesis of your narrative.
Bossi Baker: The film started as a short story I had written about three years ago. About a year before we made the film I started reworking the story as a screenplay. By the time we started filming we pretty much stuck to the script, so during the actual production of the film there weren’t many changes.
Where was it shot?
Bossi Baker: The majority of the film was shot in Bloomingdale, Ga., on a very large area of land owned by a kind family that lived there and let us come and go as we pleased for months while we built the sets and then eventually shot the movie. Other scenes were shot in Hardeeville, S.C. - primarily the scenes on the train tracks.
This is reminiscent of a number of post-apocalyptic narratives. What does your film add to the genre?
Bossi Baker: Although the film takes place in an undefined time period, I guess the most logical conclusion is that it is a post apocalyptic world. That’s definitely the way we thought about the most as we made the film, although I like keeping it open to interpretation. A lot of people have compared its setting and theme to Cormac McCarthy’s book The Road, but I actually wrote the story before that book was released.
As far as what we add to the genre, the story is more about the dynamics of relationships that could take place at any time, and the choices that are amplified by this world the characters are in. It’s less about shock value than some of the other films that take place in worlds like this. It leaves you something to think about instead of just giving you horrific situations without a context.
A 15-minute short is actually a pretty large-scale production by student standards. What were some of the challenges of putting it together?
Bossi Baker: The hardest thing about making it was finding a location with train tracks to shoot on. I learned quickly that it’s impossible to shoot on train tracks if you are a student production with no money.
Eventually we found a set of tracks that hadn’t been used in 10 years, and the only reason we were allowed to shoot on them is because no trains run on them now, and they ran through someone’s private property. Which was beyond perfect for this movie. It was a perfect location, but it was a lot of work getting to it. cs
Besides that, just the fact that we were out in the woods every day could be challenging, especially when we shot until 3 or 4 in the morning.