The Fourth Wall

THE 4TH WALL directed by Kelsey Bollig

As the famous, month-long showcase of the Etheria Film Festival comes to a close on Shudder, we’re celebrating with a dive behind the scenes of our favorite horror short of the festival, The Fourth Wall.

Synopsis: 

Chloé is a serious actress who has spent her life on the stages of Paris. The result? She has been chipped down into a product of the scrutiny and unfair politics that infest the entertainment industry. Doomed to star in one last performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Chloé fights for her moment in the spotlight amongst the self-serving newcomers with whom she is forced to share the stage with. How far will she go to be the star of the show?

We sat down with writer/director Kelsey Bollig and Executive Producer and supporting lead, Victoria Lacoste, for a quick game of 20 questions. 

What was your favorite part/day/moment of filming/production?

Kelsey

Our first sequence of Chloé was SUCH a fun day. It was equal parts challenging and exciting because that shot just worked so well and was so interesting to watch from behind the monitor. I knew we had something special when we nailed that scene. 

Victoria

My favorite (and funniest!) moment during filming was when Roby and I shot our first scene of the movie. Let’s just say our characters have a fairly intimate exchange and I remember being extremely nervous to shoot it because I had never done a scene of that nature. Because the overall scene required a lot of movement, we had to do multiple takes. By then, we had grown really comfortable with each other and could not stop goofing around.

Favorite scene in the movie?

Victoria

I may be a little biased but my favorite scene has to be the fight in the dressing room in ACT II. Albeit it being a bit of a challenge, it was extraordinarily fun to create, because so many elements had to coincide to make the scene work and the rhythm fluid. Also, it was my first time acting face to face with Lizzie (Brocheré) and I just adore her. Also, Roby’s walk down the hallway, combined with Sylvain Kauffman’s catchy soundtrack is to die for. 

Kelsey

My favorite and also the most challenging scene was the fight between all of the actors in the dressing room scene. We racked our brains on how to shoot it in one shot while keeping the choreography dynamic with such a small space and so many mirrors. It was a huge pain and literally took up until the last second to perfect, but with the help of 4 people rolling on the ground, some trickery with the mirrors, and our DP going handheld for the only time in the movie, we nailed it. It was such an exciting day and the scene turned out beautifully.

Something no one knows about The Fourth Wall?

Victoria

We shot the entire film in reverse, meaning we actually started out with the very last scene on our first day. It made it fairly challenging, especially for Lizzie (Brocheré), because she had to begin with extreme tension from the get go.

Kelsey

The entire cast/crew became violently ill during various times of production. Literally, everyone at one point or another ended up agressively puking their brains out. It was awful, but it certainly brought us all closer together. Good times…

Any plans for a feature?

Kelsey

We’ve definitely had some interest in the short as a feature. I’m currently focused on developing some other projects, however anything is possible! 

Victoria

We meant for the short to be an entity on its own, but we’re definitely open to it! 

Most challenging personal moment on set?

Victoria

It would have to be during the final scene of the movie. Without spoiling too much, I’ll say I was covered in a great deal of gore for several hours on end.  One of the things they don’t tell you about fake blood is that it makes you feel really cold and wet after a while. I remember sitting in the locker room on my own all day waiting for us to film the end of the scene, feeling like a zombie having an existential crisis. Ultimately so rewarding though!

Kelsey

Honestly, the whole thing. I had just been in a car accident 4 months prior to shooting so I was in constant pain and had never attempted shooting something so technically challenging before. Every single day I would walk back to the hotel and question if things were going to work – but I suppose that’s the fun of it all. 

What did you do in your downtime while shooting?

Kelsey

A lot of the cast and crew would go to this bar across the street after shooting, it was a really special place and a good way to regroup after the day. I, however, was only able to join them once. I always ended up pacing the streets in front of my hotel like a madwoman attempting to problem solve the next day’s challenges. Paris tho, what an incredible city to pace around. 

Victoria

During shoots, I tend to kind of go into my own world. Being on both sides of the camera, I try to preserve some energy since it requires a lot of focus. Otherwise, you’d typically find me by the catering table, because… food. 

7. What’s the best line in the movie?

Victoria

“It just takes a lot of miming.” It never fails to make me laugh.

Kelsey

“Get him out of her and onto the stage.” Cheeky stuff. 

8. Most misunderstood character in the movie?

Kelsey

Chloé herself.  We’re seeing Chloe at a breaking point and it’s easy to get lost in that moment in time when we haven’t seen her whole journey leading up to that point. Yes, it’s a short and we can only show so much, but Chloé is more of a hero in my mind and less a murderous villain. 

Victoria

I don’t think any of the characters are misunderstood. I’d say that they all pretty much have it coming. Maybe the donkey head… it witnessed things it didn’t deserve to see!

9. What would be your dream collaboration, film-wise?

Victoria

I would love to work with Jordan Peele. In part because I think he is truly a brilliant filmmaker, but also because I live for his incisive yet hilarious view of events. Not many have the ability to go from making light hearted skits to poignant societal films. I find him to be a very layered artist. 

Kelsey

I’m watching a lot of my friends who are filmmakers create incredible things and it’s so exciting. My friend Savannah Ward (Cruel Summer) is an incredible writer and I’d love to direct something of theirs someday or co-write something together. 

10. What’s next for you?

Kelsey 

I’m directing a very exciting horror film in October. I can’t spill too much about it quite yet, but it will be my feature debut and that’s pretty exciting. 

Victoria

I just wrapped post-production on my first feature movie, directed by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr. The action takes place in a hotel during the first quarantine. I play a young escort, but there are a great deal of different characters as well, including a nurse played by Lizzie Brocheré. I’m excited to be able to show it, because it possesses a very unique atmosphere.

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