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 Storyboard Artist James Doh (Captain America, X-Men: First Class, Drive)

James Doh is one of the most sought after Storyboard Artists in the industry today. His imprint is on most of the top action movies in the last 15 years. In 2016 alone, he worked on “The Conjuring 2”, “Suicide Squad”, and “Star Trek Beyond”. He’s currently working on the upcoming blockbusters “Ghost in the Shell (2017”, “Aquaman (2018)”, and “The Predator (2018)”.

Read the full interview here

PHOTO: James’ storyboards from Suicide Squad: 

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go tohttp://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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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Get to know Sound Designer Wylie Stateman (All Quentin Tarantino films)

READ FULL INTERVIEW: Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Stateman (The Hateful Eight, Home Alone, JFK) –

Wylie Statement is a gem. It’s a simple as that. This is truly one of my favorite interviews. In my subjective opinion, it’s a must read for anyone working in the industry today, and for those attempting to get into the industry. His answers were entertaining, educational, and there is a theme that ties it all together. See if you can figure it out. Hope you enjoy.

On working with Quentin Tarantino: 

Quentin taught me the value in studying historical film references. He often provided specific examples of films that he felt advanced filmmaking or some aspect of sound specifically. For “Kill Bill”, we reviewed Quentin’s fascination with early Hong Kong films. On “Grindhouse”, he once referenced a trailer that he had seen some thirty years prior as having left a lasting impression on him (sound-wise). Sure enough, the next day a small roll of 35mm film arrived and we had the chance to review an original William Friedkin “Exorcist” trailer, circa 1973. It served as an informative reference for the movement of sound through the surround speaker field.

Every Quentin film has an origin story that is personal to his life long pursuit of cinema. Quentin personally hand picks his filmmaking family on every project. His producers and department heads are always part of his most trusted assets. The production team and, after production, the cutting room is always populated with smart, devoted, traditional, and not-so-traditional, highly talented people. Quentin is the driving force out in front of the team, thoroughly inspiring everyone.

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Get to know Storyboard Artist Yoriaki Mochizuki (The Lego Movie, Storks)

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.