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Borrego Film Festival – The Dinner Scene


Last updated 1/11/2018 at 9:47am

Nicholas visited the Borrego Springs Film Festival for the first time in 2017 and absolutely loved it. When he wrapped up one of his latest films, the first place he submitted it was to the BSFF. Not only are we excited to have his work on our screen again, but he’ll be attending the festival as well. When you see him around say “Hi!”


The Dinner Scene (10 min) dir: Nicholas Thurkettle

#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it?

The Dinner Scene shows a writer at work and the scene they’re trying to write - with stopping, revising, doubting, mentally giving up, and that rare, glorious feeling of writing something that isn’t awful. It’s funny and painfully true about the agonies of the creative process.

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film?

If you love extreme close-up shots of someone drinking a cappuccino, then this is the movie for you!

#3: What is your movie making background? Tell us about yourself.

I started in film as a writer and story executive, and focused exclusively on the writing side for a long time. A few years ago I got back into acting after leaving it behind in college, and it’s led to some phenomenal opportunities on film, on stage, and in the voice-over world, including a sweet little feature film called Cloudy With a Chance of Sunshine that got such a welcoming reception at Borrego Springs in 2017! Then two years ago, I took the initiative to start writing and directing short films for myself; in many ways they’re serving as the film school I never went to, and I’m loving it!

#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

Just how much you can achieve if you are careful and thorough in your planning. Our budget was laughably small and our schedule insanely tight, but with a meticulously-organized shotlist and a crew of people I had great chemistry and experience with, I think we pulled off something not a lot of crews of our size and resources could have.

#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

We’re going to hopefully be showing it off at festivals through the first half of 2018, then we have another short film called R&R, made with many of the same people, that we hope to start touring at that point. Like many other filmmakers out there, we’ve got our feature film that we’d love to raise money for; but in the meantime, any time we can throw a few bucks together, I’m always tempted to get the band together on some weekend and bring something to life. For this one, a significant chunk of our budget was a $100 bill I found in a parking lot. I’m nothing if not opportunistic!

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