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VIFF 2016 Interview: THE LAW OF MOMENTS director Emma Samms

by Jason Whyte

"Could the laws of physics apply to the relationships within a family? Studying the subject makes teenager Lucy wonder if the delicate balance between herself, her single mother and her sister might be described by Newton's theory "For every action there's an equal and opposite reaction". The conclusions are both hopeful and heartbreaking." Director Emma Samms on THE LAW OF MOMENTS which screens at the 2016 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival

I am thrilled to welcome you to VIFF this year. Is this your first VIFF experience and will you be in Vancouver to attend your screenings?

It is my first and yes, I will be there with Producers Lisa Pierozzi and Charles Haswell.

How did THE LAW OF MOMENTS come together from your perspective?

I was approached by Charles Haswell who had an idea for a short film and wanted me to appear in as an actress.At that point there was no script or director on board and I ended up writing and directing, but not acting in it. It wasn't really until Lisa Pierozzi, Rebecca Bullen and Adam Samuelson came on board a couple of years later that things really started to come together.

While you are working on a movie, what keeps you going? What drives you, creatively?

The truly creative stage is when I'm writing the script. That's when you have the time to experiment and find the right ways to convey your vision. As soon as you start shooting, then it's far more practical and controlled. It becomes more about delivery than creativity.

What was your biggest challenge with this project, and how did you overcome it?

When you're working with a limited budget, as I'm sure most of us are, then you're either asking favours of experienced people or offering opportunities to the inexperienced, which can have unpredictable results.

If you had to pick a single favourite moment out of the entire production, what would it be? The moment where you thought you had something?

It was probably on our first day when Georgie Oulton and Grace Molony totally nailed one of the script's more difficult scenes. The joy of seeing something you have written come to life in front of you is extraordinary.

For the aspiring filmmakers who read our site, I would love to know about the technical side of the film.

We were incredibly lucky to have Carlos De Carvallho as our director of photography. His skill, expertise and experience on the highest level of film set meant that I could rely on him completely but he was in no way dictatorial and I felt that we worked together very well. We used an Arri Alexa camera and my cousin Adam Samuelson provided a Luma crane, which is an outstanding bit of kit!

What are you looking forward to the most about showing your movie to audiences at VIFF?

I hope to discover that the themes that Law of Moments investigate are as universal as I believe they are.

There are many aspiring filmmakers reading us for our articles and reviews on If you could offer a nugget of advice to them on how to get their start, what would you say to them?

I would say start making films. Anyone with a smartphone has the technological capability to do that now and no amount of watching films or talking about them can compare to how much you learn by actually making them.

This is one of the many films screening at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival taking place in beautiful Vancouver from September 29th to October 14th. For more information on this film screening times, point your browser to

Jason Whyte,
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