Lose your mind with this warped and wonderful journey through preternatural dance moves.
Q/A with Creative Director Alex Johnson
1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?
For the last few years all of my time has been taken up doing client work for Dazzle Ship, a motion studio based in London of which I am the creative director. I wanted to take a step back and focus on learning new techniques and experimenting with the idea of approaching storytelling differently. The aim was to work without a set structure and instead focus on research and development. From here the goal was to stitch things together in some kind of structure that formed an abstract narrative.
2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF
Often the process with any ambitious project normally starts with a feeling of “Can I actually do this??” My favourite part is just after that when you have a breakthrough and realise it’s achievable. It’s a really great feeling to be in the zone with the process. From a technical perspective I enjoyed working with motion capture data that formed the dancing, it’s the same technology used to create realistic animation in games and films. I first got introduced to working with MoCap in 2010 whilst working on a James Bond computer game, I used to play around with their keyframe data and find ways to abstract it. This is an evolution of that.
3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?
The main thing I wanted to be influenced by was the process, so I spent a large portion of the time playing around and trying to develop techniques and effects that were unique, these would then feed back into the main idea. In terms of outside sources, I’m really inspired by directors that work in experimental techniques such as Cyriak, David Lewandowski, Beeple and Eli Russel Linnetz.
4. What is your favorite film?
“Enter the Void” by Gaspar Noe. I feel that everyone is freaking out about the best way to make films in VR as all of the old filmmaking techniques go out of the window and you can only really view from one perspective. “Enter the Void” is a great example of 1st person film making done right, it was ahead of its time.
“Changa” is the second short film in the Short Film Session #2 on Friday, August 25 at 2pm.
2017 MWFF TICKET INFORMATION
Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.
These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.
For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.