February 2017 – Read best of interview with directors

Read 17 interviews with 17 directors from around the world. Each filmmaker had their film shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles or Toronto in January. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with director Rob Sprackling (MAN’S BEST FRIEND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/22/interview-with-director-rob-sprackling-mans-best-friend/

Interview with director Ivo Huahua (STUTTER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/22/interview-with-director-ivo-huahua-stutter/

Interview with director Jon James Smith (DO NOT DISTURB)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-director-jon-james-smith-do-not-disturb/

Interview with director Oliver McMillan (WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-director-oliver-mcmillan-whats-wearing-mummy/

Interview with director/animator Mads Johan Øgaard (I AM DYSLEXIC):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-directoranimator-mads-johan-ogaard-i-am-dyslexic/

Interview with director/animator Patrick Jenkins (PHANTOM CITY):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-directoranimator-patrick-jenkins-phantom-city/

Interview with director Mary Gerretsen (ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-director-mary-gerretsen-orange-you-gonna-dance-with-me/

Interview with director Jeremy Borison (A SENSE OF SOUND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-director-jeremy-borison-a-sense-of-sound/

Interview with the Brazilian Film Collective “we are magnolias” (The Grenade):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-the-brazilian-film-collective-we-are-magnolias-the-grenade/

Interview with Actor/Screenwriter Bronwyn Szabo:
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-actorscreenwriter-bronwyn-szabo/

Interview with director Irene Garces (THERE WAS A PLACE):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-irene-garces-there-was-a-place/

Interview with director Stephanie Jaclyn (FREEMALES):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-stephanie-jaclyn-freemales/

Interview with director Miriam Dehne (FALLING STARS):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-miriam-dehne-falling-stars/

Interview with director Emily Pietro (COLOR):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-emily-pietro-color/

Interview with director Vu Hoang (MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-vu-hoang-marty-a-wild-west-neverland/

Interview with director Teddy Cecil (HELIO):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-teddy-cecil-helio/

Interview with director Daniel Greenwald (A Few Rubber Bands More):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-daniel-greenwald-a-few-rubber-bands-more/

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Get to know Editor Valerio Bonelli (The Martian, Philomena)

Read the FULL INTERVIEW on http://www.MatthewToffolo.com

– If you’re interested in storytelling, this is the interview for you. Editor Valerio Bonelli has edited over 30 films in the last 20 years, working with some of the top directors, including many collaborations with Ridley Scott (The Martian, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, and the Oscar winner Gladiator), and Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Program). In this interview, he gives a lot of amazing insight on the art of editing a feature film and what it takes to succeed in Hollywood.

Transcript from Interview:

Every film I work on somehow added something to my knowledge as an editor and as a person. Each film is different even if you work with the same director, but I can say that there are few films that have stayed with me for one reason or another. Recently I’ve cut a documentary feature called “Palio”, this film was particularly challenging for me because unlike most conventional documentaries the story is narrated in the present time and not retrospectively with a narration voice but with the voices of all the characters of the film. The film is about the famous ancient horse race in Siena, Italy, it did not have a script, and was ‘written’ during the editing process by me and Cosima Spender.

PHOTO: Still Shot from the documentary “Palio”:

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Seeing the people’s reactions and comments on the film from the audience was a great experience for me and the rest of the crew and cast. I wish more festivals had an event like this as it is the very core of filmmaking. It made the screening of my film at your festival (and the awards) really special and real.
– Director John Hellberg “Mousse” short film

The feedback notes taught me, analysis after analysis, how to trim the fat and think organically, and helped me understand that in a good script “less means more”.
– Alexandre Kounde, TV Pilot “No Love Doves”

This is a very good idea ! I really like the initial reactions to the audience because I saw different kind of reactions. That’s why I made this film to provide various emotions and feelings to the audience.
– Director Karim Quaret, “Lapsus” short film

The FEEDBACK Festival has a reputation for providing on-the-money professional feedback for each submission. I like to enter every project I do in WILDsound because it is a great barometer for comparing your work to what is hot in the industry.
– Michael Miceli, Feature Screenplay “BESA”

Read NEW Filmmaking and Director Interviews

Read the best of NEW Interviews from filmmakers about filmmaking: https://matthewtoffolo.com/category/film-director/
Interview with Filmmaker Michelle Brand (A SMALL VOICE)
At the beginning, I was really nervous. But throughout hearing the audience talking about my film, I had to smile. It really moved me to hear people discuss the film, their thoughts and feelings, and it was very touching.
Interview with Filmmaker Leon Williams (HOWELL)
I found it surreal at first. It’s pretty cool aeeing reactions from people so far away enjoying and responding so positively to our little Welsh short film. It’s heartwarming to see such feedback and highly rewarding to hear the laughs.
Interview with Filmmaker Veronique Vanblaere (BOTTOMLESS)
I got to be a fly on the wall. Seeing and hearing people talking about my film while I could not be there was not only a “voyeuristic” treat, but provided fantastic constructive feedback on my work. I do not know of a festival that provides this type of experience for their filmmakers.
Interview with Filmmaker Oscar Lewis (1916)
I was very touched. I’m not sure how to properly express this, but what I appreciated above all else is the fact that it was understood – I mean really understood – more so than anything anyone had said about it before or since. I made this film because I wanted to explain how you often don’t realise when something life changing is happening. And that memory is fragmented and imperfect like a ‘bad flick book’. I thought that was a very good observation. The fact that people openly said they were moved by this film really meant a lot, I don’t have any affiliation with WWI (obviously), but I know what it’s like to feel loss as a child. The farewell which you never dreamt meant goodbye.
Interview with Filmmaker Alex Giannoulis (LUCY)
I never hide my feelings so I ll be blunt: I was very happy to see both how the people were moved and most importantly that they all got the main idea of the film, however, each one of them from his own point of view. Having many points of view means the film is multidimensional and this is the best reward for us. This was an overall very interesting experience.
Interview with Filmmaker Jane Eakin (101 CUPCAKES)
I was pleased that audience members followed the story and were able to relate it to their own experiences. It was also good to hear areas that could be improved.
Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (GHOSTBOY)
It was great to see an audience from a different country express their opinions on Ghostboy, they understood the theme and metaphor behind the characters well.

 

 

Read the Best of Storyboard Artist Interviews

Interview with Storyboard Artist Robert Castillo (X-Men: Apocalypse, Star Wars: Episode VII)

Award winning Director, Animator and Illustrator and Storyboard Artist Robert Castillo discovered his passion for art and illustration at the tender age of five. Nicknamed “Sketch”, Castillo would draw his way through his difficult transition of returning to the US from the Dominican Republic, mastering English, and acclimating to the mostly white environment of Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Interview with Storyboard Artist Cristiano Donzelli (Ben-Hur, The Young Messiah)

Storyboard Artist Cristiano Donzelli is a wealth of knowledge. You can feel his passion for what he does. No wonder all of the top filmmakers in the world who venture to Italy want to work with him. He simply makes all the films he storyboards better.

Interview with Storyboard Artist Stephen Forrest-Smith (Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Dark Knight)

I had a blast sitting down with the very talented storyboard artist Stephen Forrest-Smith. Stephen has worked on some of the most popular films in the last 15 years, including “The Dark Knight,” the last three “Harry Potter” films, and last year’s “Star Wars” film.

Interview with Storyboard Artist Kurt Van der Basch (Star Wars Episodes VII and VIII)

It was an honor to sit down with the brilliant storyboard artist Kurt Van der Basch, who  worked on Star Wars: Episode VII. Of course he’s not allowed to talk about it, which is fine because there are so many other questions to ask him.

 

Read Best of Professional Costume Designer Interviews

Interview via Matthew Toffolo at http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Interview with Costume Designer Malgosia Turzanska (Maggie’s Plan)

Chatting with Costume Designer Malgosia Turzanska was inspirational, educational, and fun! She’s a true talent and someone who is obviously in love with her job. Maggi To learn more about Maglosia, go to her website: http://www.turzanska.com

Interview with Costume Designer Janelle Nicole Carothers (The Perfect Match)

No matter the medium it’s all a delicate balance between style and craft. I put 100% into every project so they all require the same amount of blood, sweat and tears.

Interview with Costume Designer Linda Muir (The Witch, Bitten)

What a terrific honour it was sit down with the talented costume designer Linda Muir, who is based in Toronto, Canada. She has worked in the industry for the last 30 years, on many successful films and TV shows, which she talks about in the interview. A must read for anyone working or wanting to work in the industry today:

Interview with Costume Designer Ginger Martini

It’s not as easy as it looks on tv. The hours are beyond gruelling and at first the money is non existent. But keep at it. Be nice to everyone, cuz you never know where your next job is coming from and who that Production Assisant will be later (maybe your next Production Manager) and only work for free for a little bit. Then bill what you’re worth and if you are good at it, the money will come. Make sure you like your scripts and it’s easier to live with them 24/7 for months on end. Take advice from people who are successful in the department you want to be in, and learn to take criticisms well and not personally.

Best of Interviews from Award Winning Short Filmmakers

Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo at http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Interview with Filmmaker Veronique Vanblaere (BOTTOMLESS)

I got to be a fly on the wall. Seeing and hearing people talking about my film while I could not be there was not only a “voyeuristic” treat, but provided fantastic constructive feedback on my work. I do not know of a festival that provides this type of experience for their filmmakers.

Interview with Filmmaker Oscar Lewis (1916)

I was very touched. I’m not sure how to properly express this, but what I appreciated above all else is the fact that it was understood – I mean really understood – more so than anything anyone had said about it before or since. I made this film because I wanted to explain how you often don’t realise when something life changing is happening. And that memory is fragmented and imperfect like a ‘bad flick book’. I thought that was a very good observation. The fact that people openly said they were moved by this film really meant a lot, I don’t have any affiliation with WWI (obviously), but I know what it’s like to feel loss as a child. The farewell which you never dreamt meant goodbye.

Interview with Filmmaker Alex Giannoulis (LUCY)

I never hide my feelings so I ll be blunt: I was very happy to see both how the people were moved and most importantly that they all got the main idea of the film, however, each one of them from his own point of view. Having many points of view means the film is multidimensional and this is the best reward for us. This was an overall very interesting experience.

Interview with Filmmaker Jane Eakin (101 CUPCAKES)

I was pleased that audience members followed the story and were able to relate it to their own experiences. It was also good to hear areas that could be improved.

Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (GHOSTBOY)

It was great to see an audience from a different country express their opinions on Ghostboy, they understood the theme and metaphor behind the characters well.

Interview with Filmmaker Pepijn Claus (INSIDE)

It made me feel proud of myself. I was smiling during the whole video. It was great to see that everyone was so positive!

Great feedback! Thank you!

Interview with Filmmaker Emeline Castaneda (KADDISH!)

I was really moved to watch people from the other side of the world talking about my film and about how much they enjoyed watching it. You know that your film is being watched somewhere, but it is something else to actually see the audience and hear their comment. It really felt magical.

Interview with director Tim Butcher (CLEAN BREAK)

It’s always challenging hearing audience feedback, but I’m probably less neurotic about this these days than I have been in the past. I appreciated the kind words and found the process useful.

Interview with director Eric Romero (Native Immigration)

It was great to see some audience reacting to the film, because so far the film has been screened in fourteen festivals and I haven’t been able to assist to any of them. I appreciate all the compliments to the film and I embrace all the critics as well, so I can keep improving as a director/writer.