Ava Bounds
Ava Bounds
Director (UK)
Ava Bounds is from the UK. She is only 14 years old but she has already done several short films! Not just pointless social media videos, but smart films with story, pace and atmosphere.
Ava sent us short film "Players". She shot it during the lockdown near the place she lives. Her neighbours and parents are also took part in film as a crew and extras.
Everyone who make films knows, how it is hard to organise more than 1 person. Imagine, what if you're 14 years old! It is a great expample that there is no borders in filmmaking, nor age or lockdowns...
We asked Ava about her experience.

— Tell us a little about your experience? Was it only a film connected or you did/do something else?
— I'm a school student (only 14) and have been making short films for around 4 years. It's just something that I have always done. I've travelled a lot with my family so have had many experiences to draw upon. My first film was a 60 second short filmed in a hotel in Morocco called 'Mobile Boy' about a mystery killer who shoved mobile phones into people's mouths and killed them. Why? Because I was fed up with all of my family on their mobile phones all the time when they could have been looking at the scenery.
— What inspired you to make your short film? How did you come up with that idea?

— It was the very beginning of UK lockdown and I was so bored. We couldn't move out of the house. I was playing with SIRI on my phone and wondered what it would be like if I could put this computer voice to imaginary people.

—Tell us how it was to produce your film?

— I made the film myself as something to do in the garden. I played all of the characters apart from the older woman (my mother played that role). I showed my very cool cousin the film a few weeks later. She laughed so hard (most unusual for her) and played it about 4 times over. It was then I knew that I had to make a longer version. But where to get the cast in lockdown? Restrictions were lifting a little and so I asked my neighbours (who had four kids), my extended family and my own family to take part. They got their own costumes together and we all had a great day filming.
—Funny or scary moments on the set?
— My Iranian uncle, Amir saying the coffee was bitter soooo many times - he was so bad.
— Do you have a dream?

— To make films that are creative and people will want to watch. To Write, Direct, Art Direct.... just to be able to use what I have been given to create watchable and moving art.
— What is your favorite film?

Eraserhead - Lynch
— Give advice for those who want to make a film, but don't know from where to start?
— Start from the end - work backwards. Just make it.
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