5 questions with The Employment director, Santiago 'Bou' Grasso at the half-way mark.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
1Hey Santiago! Thanks for being our opening film of 2017. We loved your film so much and would love to know: where did this idea come from? The idea came mostly from observation of the surrounding reality. Everyone, everywhere, can relate in some way to the film, hence its universal reach. By the time we started the film we were working in an animation studio doing very repetitive and washed-off work, so it also "helped" to come up with this idea when we decided to do a short film.
2Patrico Plaza came up with the idea and the storyboards for this film and seems to be an instrumental person on this film. How do you two know each other and what was it like working together? We started working in the same studio several years ago and we were working together for the past 12 years. I directed the film based on his idea, so I directed the artistic look of the characters and backgrounds. It was a rich collaboration, since Patricio was more into developing ideas and I was more into the craft of making them take form.
3This film has a perfect ending. How important is a good ending for you? Some people don't begin to write until they know what the ending will be, others discover an ending along the way - what is your writing process like? In short films, endings are important because they usually make an impact, because short films cannot develop a lot of the characters inner workings, so they must hit the emotional chord of the viewer. The ending was part of the idea from the beginning, and it completes it. The whole idea was designed as a structure, as a spinal cord, with the ending as a main part of it and completing its meaning.
4If this film were done with real actors I don't think it would have the same effect. What do you like about animation and why do you prefer it to live action? Animation has an empathic bond with the viewer because it works in a very subconscious level. It has a very metaphoric and symbolic quality that makes it easier and more instantaneous for the viewer to get connected with, because of its synthetic nature. Therefore it transcends any cultural barrier, as a if it came from a collective unconscious.
5What's next? We have done a stop motion called "PADRE" about the relationship of a daughter and her father during the end of the dictatorship in Argentina, and now I'm working in a new stop motion film that deals with the struggles and endeavors of giving your life to create something.
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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