On June 11, Taylor Swift sat down for a screening and Q&A session about the short film at the Tribeca Film Festival. Taylor explained why fans never got to see the reaction to Dylan O’Brien’s Him in the last seconds of the short film. The Grammy winner didn’t only give fans a 10-minute rendition of “All Too Well,” she also gave them All Too Well: The Short Film, which brought her lyrics to life.
Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhaal, is the subject of the romance at the core of the short film “All Too Well.” His character played by Dylan O’Brien, the most beloved Teen Wolf alum, is wearing that red scarf she left at his place years ago, and he’s standing outside the door, watching her read an extract from her debut novel, All Too Well, about their short but intense romance.
‘We Will Never Know’
“I didn’t want us to see his face as he’s walking away because I wanted us to wonder, was he happy? Was he just seeing if she was okay? Was he about to walk in? Was he leaving thinking it’s time to leave well enough alone? That I’ve put her through enough? We will always wonder. We will never know,” Taylor said while explaining.
Dylan was also the ideal fit for the character of Him, according to Taylor because he “has this electric charisma that this character needed to be able to get away with all the gaslighting.”
What Else Did She Say?
Taylor also mentioned that there were indications regarding Sadie’s Her being a writer strewn throughout the episode. She mentioned the scene in the short film where Sadie’s Her tells Dylan’s Him that she feels like she made him up in the film, “foreshadows the fact that one day she will write a book and she will sort of fictionalize his character into a main character in her novel.”
Taylor made his directorial debut with All Too Well: The Short Film. She stated that she might consider directing a feature movie in the future. “It would be so fantastic to write and direct something, a feature.” Her statement was, ”I don’t see it being bigger in terms of scale. I loved making a film that was so intimate and with a crew that was relatively small and just a really solid crew of people that I trusted.”