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Q&A with Filmmaker Jan-Willem de Kraaij. Director of the short film LA COMMEDIA

For me it was really great to get response from the audience. I have worked hard to finish the project. And i loved the way the audience is trying to find their answer of meaning that is captured in the film. I want to Thank you for showcasing my film. The audience feedback video was awesome.

– Jan-Willem de Kraaij, on his reaction to the audience’s reaction to his film at the October 2014 WILDsound Film Festival

LA COMMEDIA was the winner of Best Cinematography, and Best Music from the festival.

Watch the FEEDBACK Video of the artistic short film LA COMMEDIA:

Mystery/Animation film from The Netherlands

This story is a surreal portrait of a dying man whose last figment exhibited. His imagination shows us a meeting between the occurrence and his fate, in a world where time and space are dissolved from each other.

Q&A with director Jan-Willem de Kraaij:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

For me it was a little bit of a test. Besides a filmmaker i am also a Designer. I wanted to discover if i can make a film that was shot in blue screen and the settings are created in my computer.

I see myself more as an artist that makes films. i wanted to discover if i can combine the two disciplines together.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

The idea started six years ago. It was in film school I realize that I don’t want two make movies like the way they learn you. In those years a learned a lot in storytelling and the process of making film. I realize that the way i wanted to make movies i have also get a big understanding of the post production process. So I learned all the software by myself. In those years I make “La Commedia”. it’s my graduate film, and it’s a part of a process to define myself as a maker.

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

I needed a lot of knowledge of how the post production process works. So I already shot the film in blue screen but at the time I don’t exactly know what the post production will be like. For me it was a learning curve. The problems i walk into has to be solved by following video tutorials in after effects and cinema 4D. At the end it pays out. I have learned a lot from this and I’m ready for the next step.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Blade Runner

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

I’m working on a Feature now. The script is almost ready and i have to say I’m really happy with it. Its has a very original way of storytelling and it would be shot in blue screen. More I can’t say. It is in full process.

MT: Besides filmmaking, what else are you passionate about?

I really love fine arts. I am a big fan of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, eric fischl, edward Hopper, Magritte, and the impressionists. I also like architecture, graphic design, old school computer games. Almost everything that’s related to art or culture I am fascinated by.

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