Definite Maybe (United States | 2016, 3 min)
Directed by: Mark Kiefer
Thinking about possibly seizing the day.
Mark Kiefer, Writer/Director
Q: How did you come up with your sketch idea?
Like most of my writing, Definite Maybe was inspired by actual events and people I know, basically my own experience. I know people who are chronically and maddeningly indecisive, either because fear of missing out keeps them from committing to a single course of action or flip of that, which is that they try to preserve as many options as possible so they can pick the best one at the last minute. I also know people who find this indecisiveness very frustrating, so the dynamic among these types of folks is rife with conflict and therefore a good jumping off point for comedy.
Q: What dictated your choices in how you filmed your sketch?
I generally shoot everything with a single camera and multiple set ups (a wide and close ups for each actor), both for coverage and to preserve the ability to work the timing and delivery in the edit. And here, as is often the case, the setting was important to the story (urban context for the lives of young professionals), so I also wanted to show a wide variety of the textures and interesting features of that setting in the background. So both the choice of rooftop location and the camera placement also helped achieve that objective.
Q: What hurdles did you face while making this sketch?
Due to schedule constraints we couldn’t start until the evening and we were shooting outdoors with only natural light, so we were losing light the whole time. And we were shooting on a rooftop and it was very windy, so getting clean audio was a challenge, and script pages were flying everywhere. At one point it started raining pretty hard(see if you can spot it!), but the actors to their credit just powered through it and we still got a good take.
Q: There is truth in comedy, what sort of truths were you hoping to touch on with this sketch?
I was trying to touch on the notion that we’re very distracted these days, both with some many options and choices, but at the same time we’re easily “fascinated by shiny objects.” So we’re often paralyzed in trying to make decisions, but when a pretty trinket is dangled in front of us, we’ll grab it in an instant.
Q: Do you have any plans for sequels or additional sketches surrounding these characters/themes?
I’ve written two more sketches for Bertie (the British character), one that features him in a work setting as an investment banker and the other in a battle of wits with a guy from Kentucky over how many times they can each use the word literally in a sentence. Like Definite Maybe, both sketches deal with the subject of candor, and how the fronts we put on to get people to like us can ultimately be our undoing.