5 questions with Stuck director, Benoit Mannequin at the half-way mark.
Saturday, February 4th, 2017
1Hey Benoit! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial inspiration that made you want to make STUCK? From work of course ! ahah ; It came originally from one of those crazy day at work, I was working really long hours with deadlines on a big visual effect project and one of my friends asked me why I was never leaving work ? I was really tired and I don't know why but I replied " because my chair doesn't let me out !.. and I had that fantasy picture of an evil chair blocking people at their desk.. I thought that was a very cool and funny idea, and I should do something with it..
2Creating a convincing killer office chair had to be difficult. What was the most challenging thing about it? I think the most challenging thing was to find the right chair, I went through I don't know how many websites.. I had a small budget, so we could not spent 400 bucks on a chair and I needed 3 of them ! So we had to find the balance between design, cost and being able to unmounted those in order to create 3 different rigs.
On set the chair was animated by 2 peoples we cleaned from the shot in post-production.
3You wrote this film as well. I'm curious what your writing process is like and how do you know once you've got it? When my producer gave me the green light to make the short I had something like 2/3 weeks and I wrote like 3 versions if I remember. I knew I could have only one day of shoot to make the short so I had to make some adjustment and compromise in my story, so the short could not be longer than 3 min ; then I made a storyboard and an animated storyboard (2D animatic) with music to get the rhythm , the framing and the duration of each shot. It s necessary and helps a lot to save time on set as well.
4This film looks like it must have been a lot of fun to make. Do you have any hilarious stories from set? Having Tim (main character) seated on this chair animated by 2 persons with 2 long sticks, pushing in and out, I remember people on set were like , wtf... is that.. ahah, that was pretty funny.
5What's next? Right now I m prepping a title spot for a movie production. Shooting February.
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.
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