In a world where gravity is weak and skinny people fly into the sky, Constantine has never left the apartment he shares with his father Atanas. One day the beautiful stewardess who moves into the building will change Constantine’s life forever.
5 questions with Getting Fat in a Healthy Way director, Kevork Aslanyan at the half-way mark.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
1Hi Kevork! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what inspired you to make this film? I have always wanted to tell a love story. A true love story! The best way to illustrate such was with a skinny man and a plump woman. When I have met Georgi Merdzhanov, the co-writer of the script we made my initial wish into this film.
2This is a very ambitious short. What drove you to make such a technically difficult film to make? At the beginning when we made the script and of course we had no money, I was prepared to use very cheep effect and to make the film with a variety of visual tricks… for example, the normalizer breaks. We cut and we see Constantine stuck on the roof, without seeing the actual flight.
But then things change, we were supported by the National Film Centre, we had so many crazy Ideas…and again money were problem! So we had to think of new tricks to make all believable!
3What was your biggest challenge making this film and how did you solve it? I think the main obstacle we had was in the editing room. A place that I personally feel safe(I have started my career as an editor), but in this case I felt very vulnerable and had many doubts. We had to show the film in it’s rough cut to a lot of friends and fellow filmmakers to find the best way to tell the story. Because after the script and the shooting, a new script has to be made just for the editing..and may be to create a little bit different film. To make it better!
4You are a filmmaker from Bulgaria. What's the film community like in Bulgaria and how difficult is it to make independent film there? We are a small community and basically we know each other or at least herd of each other or saw each other’s work. When someone makes a good film the whole country knows about it. It is not a paradox it is just reality and how things work around here. We help each other a lot in that way. We move the film in it’s art form towards a better future.
5What's next? A short animated film called PASSENGERS!
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
The film with the most fans wins $1,000
For 2017 we are moving on from screening feature films and will be showcasing shorts.
For our Winter 2017 Festival, we are giving away $2,000 in prizes to the top three films.
The film with the most fans.
The film with the most views.
Our favorite film.
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