Surprised by different layers
"The idea of Night Call came to me right after I finished my first short film. At first, it was just a fun gimmick for a horror story about a phonesex operator. During my last year in film school, I had to make a new short film to graduate. Like before, I wanted to make a classic horror movie (the movies that inspire me) but I wanted to do something special with it, to surprise the audience a bit more than my previous short. The idea of Night Call came back to my mind. It felt like a good concept for a student film: one location, one actress.
As a student you have to do a lot by yourself: writing, directing, production, casting... Often with a small budget. For that reason, I wanted to think small too. I've always looked up to low budget horror movies and how effective they can be.
The writing process of Night Call took a while, but it was necessary since the story could develop in so many ways. It seemed very easy to write a single location short. But it is also very difficult to keep the story interesting for the audience. Of course, I had a lot of creepy and gruesome scenes in mind. But the characters are most important.
I really loved the writing process of this short and I was surprised at how many different layers
this concept got. With each new draft I felt that there was a lot of room for personal themes.
What began as just a simple horror-gimmick in the style of Scream, went into a very personal
story with a bit more substance about being yourself and making the right decisions in life."