Watching the reactions of (German Shepherd) at WILDsound…filmmaking does not become more meaningful than that. When your film reaches and audience that respond in such way, it´s pure joy.
– Nils Bergendal’s reaction after watch the Audience Feedback on his short film “German Shepherd”
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of GERMAN SHEPHERD:
German Shepherd is a multiple award winning short film that has played at many of the major film festivals around the world, including Toronto International Film Festival; Cinequest Film Festival; and Kiev International Film Festival.
Matthew Toffolo interviews Nils Bergendal:
Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?
Nils: I have known David Paul for many years. In 2009 we met for lunch in a greasy joint in New York. We had some hour to kill before my flight back to Sweden and I suggested to make an interview. So we did – 45 minutes later the batteries died. That interview became the backbone and voice-over of the film.
Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
Nils: It took 4 years. Not full time of course. I realized early on that this film needed a visual universe where I could move freely in time and space. I had never animated myself. I knew I wanted a simply visual style and ended up doing the animation myself.
Matthew: Talk about your visuals in relation to the interview/voice over in this film. There is a lot of subtly in the visuals and you notice new things in repeated viewings. Where did you get the inspiration to come up with your overall visual design?
Nils: As everybody knows, animation is such time-consuming craft. And while working, new ideas pop up. The slow process of making this film was frustrating at times but the visual definitely benefited from it. I realized that when I saw my original storyboard the other day. It was pretty poor – the film evolved from that early stage.
Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Nils: Raising money. I had a strong vision of the film and I was stubborn about making it become real. But that conviction was needed – rasing a budget was the hardest part.
Matthew: How is the film scene in your city and country (Sweden)?
Nils: I think the film scene is pretty good. Compared with North America we have many film funds and the National TV broadcast shorts as well documentaries.
Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?
Nils: I´ve been climbing trees for a year with 4 cameras on my head. It´s a 360 degrees installation where the audience is surrounded by the crown. The film is now shown in a blackbox in an art center in Sweden.
Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?
Nils: Pippi Longstocking on the run from 1970. I saw it as a kid and have seen it again with my kids, over and over again. I never get tired of it.
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Deadline: FEEDBACK Toronto Film Festival:
– FULL FEEDBACK on your film from the audience. Garner an audience feedback video on your film.