Charlie Burque - by Ryan Turri

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
— Horace Walpole

BUREAU: When you decided to make this short film, where did you start?

I started making this short in a much different way than any other project I’ve done before. I had a loose idea I wanted to explore so I called my friend Charlie (who plays Charlie in the movie) and said I wanted to shoot something with him that had no real script. We got into right away. We would talk about the idea then go out and shoot a bit, decompress, see where things are going, then head back out to shoot more. The only thing keeping us on track was a rough outline of ideas I scribbled down on a piece of paper. 

BUREAU: What kind of hurdles do you face as a filmmaker working in short film?

The hurdles in short filmmaking I face tend to be trying not to make the film bigger than it needs to be. I think the biggest thing is being realistic about what your trying to accomplish with the short. Exploring ideas that can be wrapped up in thirty minutes. It’s a difficult thing to get people to care about your characters especially in short form, so making sure to pay attention to why am I telling this story from this point of view and why would people care. It something I think about everytime I am working on an idea…why am I making this. 

BUREAU: What projects are you working on next, and how can people who are interested best support or share that work? 

I have a couple scripts I’m really excited about that I am looking to get off the ground, hopefully shooting at least one of them later this year/early next year. I just finished another short that I directed that is in post production now. Anyone that is interested or would want to connect can check me out at ryanturri.com.  

Mike Ambs

PO BOX 3464, Running Springs, CA 92382

I love to film things, tell stories, and read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.