House Shorts

David Yaffe

Soho Beach House

David J Yaffe, born and raised in Miami Fl, is a freelance videographer specializing in commercial and promotional work. David is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida’s Cinema Studies program.

Nik Powell, National Film & Television School said of David’s House Short treatment:

‘A potentially delightful and colourful film about the joys of life being right in front of us but often hidden from us by the distractions that new (and old!) technology at our fingertips’.

Tell us a little about yourself…

I was born and raised in Miami Beach Florida and currently work as a freelance videographer specializing in commercial and promotional work. I am an alumnus of the University of Central Florida’s Cinema Studies program where I had the opportunity to make and work on many short film projects. For more than two years, I worked at Vista Satellite Communications in Dania Beach Florida, managing Major League Soccer’s media library, producing their international broadcasts, and overseeing many facets of their post-production operation. In 2010, my short film Sole Food was featured as an official selection of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

When and why did you get into film?

I’ve been passionate about filmmaking for most of my life. Growing up, I was surrounded by friends who shared similar interests so it was a no-brainer to all get together and make short films and videos of all kinds. Directing quickly became an interest of mine; I love the challenge that every actor and every story present. The job is different everyday and allows you to keep learning and growing with every project.

What’s your short film about and where did you get the inspiration from?

The Canvas is about a unique relationship between a painter and a young boy. The inspiration came from the idea that people generally seem more disconnected than ever before through their connections to smart phones and electronics. I just wanted to find a fun and relatable way to tell that story. The idea grew and organically built itself into The Canvas.

Which scene are you most looking forward to filming/which scene will be the hardest to film?

The scenes featuring The Painter were the most exciting to shoot. It was a surreal experience to finally see the character brought to life after so many months of envisioning him. The most challenging scene was the ending. On set, as we were preparing to shoot the final scene in the afternoon, Miami Beach weather decided it would do what it does best and a thunderstorm system began to roll through. It became a race against time to get the last shot; luckily we did. The literal moment we called cut, it began to pour.

What would it mean to you to win House Shorts 2012?

I feel like I’ve already won just by being selected to make a film and represent House Shorts; winning the entire contest would be an incredible honor.

Photos by: Aaron Shore

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