Want to make short films? Jessica Trueman says: ‘preparation is key’

Jessica Trueman already loved acting, but it's the accumulation of skills across all aspects of filmmaking that led to her debut short film.

Hi Jessica. Congratulations on your directorial debut short ‘A Bold Choice’ being selected as a finalist in the Nova Employment Focus on Ability Short Film Festival – can you tell us a bit about the film and the shortlisting please?

Thank you! The Focus on Ability Short Film Festival allows for submissions of films of up to five minutes which must contain the theme of ability, talent, or strength despite the confines of disability. My film, A Bold Choice, is four-minutes long and follows Alice (played by me), an aspiring actress who is filming her audition tape with fellow actress and close friend Carla (Laura Elizabeth Wallace).

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites