Film Courage: Where does a story begin for you? How do you know its beginning (whether you’re writing it or reading someone else’s)?
Matt Eskandari, Writer/Director/Producer: For me the beginning of a story is where you’re introduced to a character and you can empathize with them. I think that’s the point where the story really begins because until you can step into the shoes of whoever the protagonist is, your story can’t really start. Everything up until that point is things that you didn’t necessarily need and once that moment happens and it clicks into place, that’s when you’re like Okay, now as an audience member the story begins and I’m following this character’s journey whoever they are and seeing where it leads me.
Film Courage: Can you think of a few characters where you were able to empathize with them? Maybe they are even someone in real life if you saw that person you wouldn’t really empathize with, but once you see them from a director’s perspective it changes?