August 2017 – Interviews with Award Winning Short Filmmakers

Read this month’s interviews with filmmakers from around the world. Their short films have played at multiple festivals and have won multiple awards. 

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Director Jeremy Garcia (STAR WARS: TRIALS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/08/04/interview-with-director-jeremy-garcia-star-wars-trials/

 

Interview with Director Richard Paris Wilson (A MONSTER CALLED CHARLES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/08/04/interview-with-director-richard-paris-wilson-a-monster-called-charles/

 

Interview with Director Holy Fatma (PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/08/04/interview-with-director-holy-fatma-please-love-me-forever/

 

Interview with Director Liv Mari Ulla Mortensen (65.5)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/08/03/interview-with-director-liv-mari-ulla-mortensen-65-5/

 

Interview with Director Knútur Haukstein Ólafsson (HOPE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/07/31/interview-with-director-knutur-haukstein-olafsson-hope/

 

Interview with Director Camille Laloux (NOVEMBER UNDER ASHES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/07/31/interview-with-director-camille-laloux-november-under-ashes/

 

Interview with Director Carla Shah (ICARO)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/07/31/interview-with-director-carla-shah-icaro/

 

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Get to know Cinematographer Michael Simmonds (Nerve, Vice Principals)

Michael Simmonds is a wealth of knowledge when he chats about his love of cinematography. He is a man who is constantly looking into the future and only looking back when inspiration is needed. He is a rare talent who is able to move seamlessly from documentary to TV to feature films.  It was an honor to chat with him.

Read the FULL Interview at http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

VP had very tight scripts and David Gordon Green would create film level blocking. The actors definitely added to the dialgue, but not any more or less than other projects I have been involved with. On a comedy, even if the actors improvise, its in regards to dialogue and not their actual movement, so it does not effect me. I alwas operate with headphones on so I can hear the actors perfectly and I can anticipate their movement.

Photo: Danny McBride vs Walton Goggins in “Vice Principals”:

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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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Today’s Interviews: Best of Industry Interviews

Featuring the best of movie interviews on a daily basis:

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Interview with Sound Editor Piero Mura (The Accountant, 500 Days of Summer)Piero Mura has worked in the sound department on over 100 films in the last 25+ years. His list of credits include Ben Hur, Fast & Furious 6, Skyfall, Warrior, War of the Worlds, and Training Day to name a few. It was an honor talking to him about his career and sound in general.

Interview with Composer Henry Jackman (Birth of a Nation, Captain America 2 & 3): Henry’s list of credits is already legendary, and he’s just getting started. He has composed Captain America 2 & 3, X-Men: First Class, Kinsman 1 & 2, and the upcoming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, just to name a few. And I didn’t even mentioned his Animation movie composing (Go to hisimdb profile).

Interview with Director Marc-Andre Morissette (20:15)20:15, the award winning short film directed by Marc-Andre Morissette at the WILDsound Best of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film Festival in September 2016.

Interview with Director Kirill Proskura (A SHADOW OF DARA): A SHADOW OF DARA, the award winning short film directed by Kirill Proskura played at the WILDsound Best of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film Festival in September 2016.

Interview with Director Michael Brims (THE SOUNDS OF STREET VENDORS): Michael Brims’ short film THE SOUNDS OF STREET VENDORS played to rave reviews at the September 2016 DOCUMENTARY film festival. It was the winner of Best Music at the festival. This was the first ever film that was from Cuba that played at the festival.

Interview with Director Brooke Goldfinch (RED ROVER): Brooke Goldfinch’s short film RED ROVER played at the Sci-Fi Short Film Festival in September 2016 to amazing success.

Interview with Sound Mixer Tony Dawe (Return of the Jedi, Alice in Wonderland, Troy): Tony Dawe has definitely witnessed a lot of things doing on sound, working on over 120 productions in the last 40 years. It was an honor to interview him about the craft of sound mixing on set and preparing the post-production sound department.

Interview with Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report): What an honor to chat with one of the most regarded stunt performers in the industry today. Lisa Dempsey has worked on over 100 productions in the last 25+ years. Her answers are a wealth of knowledge for film fans and people interested in working in the Film & TV industry.

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.