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An Interview with Up Ya Shorts' David Black and Jack Hunter

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2021

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Your upcoming anthology Up Ya Shorts - in a few words, what can you tell us about the concept and the idea behind it?


David Black – I came up with idea a couple of years ago and got the cover art done, some submissions and a company ready to author and release it. Unfortunately, that all fell through. I’d been wanting this as a project for the Australian Short Film Network and to get an anthology of Australia’s best short films out on a physical release but wasn’t going to be able to do this on my own.

Other companies that showed interest and then dropped it had specialised in horror, so their enthusiasm level wasn’t quite as high for this as their other projects. I tried to find someone to author this for me but couldn’t and the amount of work involved to do it myself would have taken me away from my own filmmaking. I needed someone who could see the value in an anthology of Australia’s best short films and it turned out that Jack Hunter was the man!


Jack Hunter – David Black and I have been wanting to work with each other on a project for some time now. We currently are editing a different type of horror anthology called Night Tales and House Of Horror. He approached me about coming on board as an executive producer and putting this all together. I was totally game for it all. 


At what stage of compiling Up Ya Shorts are you at the moment?


JH – Honestly, the pre-production stage. We are still gathering shorts from all over Australia.


What are some of the criteria you choose the shorts for Up Ya Shorts by?


The ONLY criteria for this anthology is that all filmmakers have to be from Australia and in the Australian Short Film Network


Is there any common theme or tone that you aim for in Up Ya Shorts?


DB – Ultimately this is up to Jack, but I suggested that the films should get a “wtf?” reaction. I felt that they needed to stand out by being clever, quirky and different to the standard short films you commonly see. The last thing I want is another one of those emotional dramas with lots of clinky, clunky piano and mopey people staring into space.


JH – It all depends on what kind of shorts we get. With my brand attached to this project, we may launch several anthologies just from this first 'Open Call For Shorts'. If I get several horror shorts that are up our standards as professionals, then I may create a new Australian-themed horror anthology. Last year, I had the #1 horror movie in America called Horror Nights. I'm pretty well versed at picking the right shorts for anthologies.


What does each of you personally bring to the table when it comes to making Up Ya Shorts?


DB – I’m the admin of the Australian Short Film Network. We have over 14,000 members, so that gives us a way of communicating with a large part of the Aussie indie film scene as well as being able to source the very best this country has to offer.


JH – Well having the #1 horror movie in America last year was quite a feat for me and my company. With our name and brand attached, it will speak for itself. I have over 30+ international film festival awards to my credit for voice acting/writing/acting and more. My team and I have an experience of over 40+ years in the entertainment business. We know quality and we know what we want to put our brand on. If you see the brand 'Jack Hunter's...' before a movie, you know you're in for a treat. 


So what can you tell us about the Australian short film scene as such?


JH – That's more of David's area, but from the submissions we've received, I can tell you Australia has some hidden gems coming your way. The talent is insane.


DB – Its’ a friendly, supportive scene. Most people in it realise that they don’t have Hollywood budgets so you have to think outside of the box. This means that you can see some unique approaches and clever ideas in our films.


The $64-question of course, when and where will Up Ya Shorts be released?


JH – It will be released through Jack Hunter Productions, LLC distribution. We will put it on every major streaming platform that we can. It will have an international release on Blu-ray and we have some other things up our sleeve... but when the time is right we will announce that. 


Your/your anthology's website, social media, whatever else?


Jack Hunter Productions,LLC on Facebook.

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


JH – I want all filmmakers to know that we will watch all their shorts. They may not make it the first volume but they will make it a volume. We have ten volumes planned, but if they have a specific genre like horror, then def send it to us. I want to announce that I want to create a brand new horror anthology called JH's Through the Mind - a brand new film containing strictly Australian filmmakers! LET'S MAKE HISTORY TOGETHER!!!

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