Scaredy Bat (United States | 2015, 5 min)
Directed by: Greg Perkins
Written by: Greg Perkins
Cast: Greg Perkins
A tired frog is trying to sleep, but keeps being woken up by a crying bat who is scared of the dark.
Interview:Greg Perkins wrote and directed the short film Scaredy Bat, which will screen at the 7th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival.
NYCIFF: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us! Can you start by telling us a bit about your background and how you got started in filmmaking?
GP: I'm originally from Australia. As a kid I would gather children from the neighborhood and have them star in my "movies". I would use Microsoft Powerpoint to make the special effects sequences and other animations. My love for filmmaking has grown over the years as I begun to understand the complexities of color, composition, and storytelling.
NYCIFF: Scaredy Bat follows a tired frog who just wants to sleep, but keeps being disturbed by a crying bat who is afraid of the dark. Where did you get the idea for the film?
GP: I got the idea for Scaredy Bat from multiple sources. I liked the irony of a bat who is scared of the dark, I developed a fascination with frogs after thinking about what I would like to animate, and I liked the idea of an unlikely relationship between the two characters. These two characters appeared in a full length feature film that I wrote and stood the test of time when I got the chance to make a short film.
NYCIFF: The story had a very classic animation feel to it, almost a callback to Tom & Jerry (only the frog is a slightly more kind version of Tom). What/who are your biggest influences?
GP: I couldn't agree more. My biggest influences come from life and observing relationships between people and their behaviors.
NYCIFF: How did it feel to complete your first film? What’s the most valuable thing you learned throughout the making of it?
GP: It felt amazing, it was extremely fulfilling. The most valuable thing I learnt was how to direct a team of talented artists. It also sharpened my decision making skills which I can now put to use in all areas of my life.
NYCIFF: Who do you personally identify with most: Scaredy Bat or The Frog? Or maybe you’re more of a Firefly?
GP: Great question, I would have to be the Frog. This all came from a childhood confrontation in which I learnt to exercise my empathy and see a situation in a different light.
NYCIFF: What can we expect to see from you next?
GP: Having delved into the world of filmmaking, I have decided to try my hand in an entrepreneurial field. During the production of the short film, I discovered my passion for 3D modeling and 3D printing. Next I am creating my own company, Far Fetched Creations, which utilizes these skills.