Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15 2018

“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners

Friday, April 13 at 3:30 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 8:30 PM

Shorts Block: Acts of Vulnerability
Odile Postic | Richmond, VA | 8 min
Genre: Narrative Short

A chalkboard, a blazer, and a pointing stick: prepare yourself for eight edifying minutes as a snazzily dressed woman educates you on the curious subject of dog beers. (Or is it dog years?)

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Odile Postic:

1. What is your connection to the South? 

I was born in Florida and spent the majority of my childhood right here in Columbia so I’ve always considered it my home. I go to school in Richmond, Virginia so even with that transition I wasn’t able to shake it!

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work? 

Dog Beers was inspired by a t-shirt I saw in the Key West on a family trip. It said “In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two” and it really stuck with me. I tried to figure it out on paper, drawing up graphs and pie charts. Before filming the video I had asked countless people what they thought of it and if it made sense to them. At the time I was also really set on making a video that involved a character and a chalkboard like in some youtube tutorial videos about geometry or whatever. Eventually I got so wrapped up in this character I decided I had to just go with it and make a film. 

3. How did you start making films? 

I started making “films” (I guess I would call them films) with my friends when I was twelve. For Christmas my best friend and I both got Flip camcorders. I had this obsession with Kristen Wiig and SNL and I believe that’s what initially motivated me. We started making a lot of fake reality shows and fake commercials and uploading them on youtube and facebook. The TLC channel was the source of a lot of our inspiration back then. It was a lot of fun and basically sealed the deal that I wanted to make videos for the rest of my life. If anyone is ever curious, I have them buried away somewhere and they’re actually pretty funny!

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting? 

I shot Dog Beers in my bedroom around 10 o’clock at night on a Thursday. I ran through the loosely planned “script” (it was really a list of nonsensical bullet points in my head) a couple of times to different cameras, trying to get the right feel. I even tried filming it using the Photo Booth application on my laptop. It’s funny, I ended up using the footage from the very first take. I found that the timing was best when I had absolutely no idea what I was going to say next. 

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits? 

I look forward to seeing all the other films showing for Indie Grits this year and just soaking up all the creative energy in my hometown! 

6. Why should someone see your film? 

Someone should see my films because that’s the reason why I make them!! My favorite part of making any kind of art is letting other people see it! I really hope that if people make it out to see my films they will let me know what they thought. If you laugh about it or a part sticks with you after seeing it then my work here is done. 

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“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners
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