Gunner Willis: "The biggest sin in film is to be boring"
Gunner Willis has already made a name for himself as an actor with a gift for comedy. He’s been on shows like Vice Principals, Dead Silent and most recently, Ozarks. But he doesn’t just work in front of the camera. He’s also an accomplished award-winning writer and director. His short films are funny, clever, and most importantly to me, they’re relatable.
His most recent short is Shower. Which, I gotta say, kicks you right in the feels.
On this episode, Gunner tells the story of writing his short to fight depression, why it’s important to be vulnerable in your work, and why honest films are interesting.
Quickfire round answers
2:05 What was the impetus behind Shower?
5:05 How did it feel to be that intimate and exposed in your short?
6:45 The response to Shower.
8:00 Why being vulnerable in your work is necessary.
10:00 Why it’s important to make the movie that is original to you.
12:00 Gunner’s first film memory.
15:00 What movies made Gunner start loving movies.
18:00 The importance of emotion in filmmaking.
23:15 Gunners first shorts.
28:15 Elements of a good story.
35:15 Gunner’s motivation to create short films.
38:20 Quickfire round.