The adventures of two thieves in a near and dystopian future, where water has become a currency and is exchanged to buy the food produced by the water itself. A very rare and desired good, managed by unscrupulous corporations, disputed between outlaws and fences of all kinds. The two thieves, rivals first then allies, in a daring run trough intensive farming wastes and the few examples of a responsible consumption, will find themselves comparing the reality of a devastated and arid world with the memories of their childhood, when another future could be written.
Produced by: Regione Piemonte, Regione autonoma Valle d'Aosta
5 questions with Water Hunters director, Massimo Ottoni, Salvatore Centoducati at the half-way mark.
Sunday, February 26th, 2017
1Hey Massimo and Salvatore! Congrats on your film. What inspired you two to make Water Hunters? We had to communicate a complex message to a young audience: the waste of water in food production. We wanted to avoid falling into the classic infographic or corporate video, we decided to create a real sci-fi short film that captures the attention of young people, arouse their interest in the subject and prepare them for future investigation.
We tried to remember our teenage years, the school, the fact that teens are reluctant and they realize it right away when you try to teach them something, you have to take them in the right way!
We thought of making a tribute to the animation and cult sci-fi movies of 80s with which we grew up.
The result is a dynamic and exciting story that manages to stimulate reflection and transmit a message without being rhetorical or pedantic. Or at least we hope so.
2You both wrote and directed the film together. How did you two meet and how do you divide the responsibilities? Me and Salvatore have been friends for years, we studied together and we graduated about 3 years ago. Since then we collaborated on several projects and we are completely in sync. it was a great fun to write together, throwing ideas on the plate and building the story piece by piece.
As for the design of characters and the world of W.H., everyone has threw out ideas and we passed these hand to hand between us until we came out with the characters that convinced everyone. Salvatore took care of the final design of the various concepts to bring them into the definitive style.
Once we begun with the production, we split the storyboard sequences and the responsibility of their direction, comparing ourselves among ourselves, but in substantial autonomy. Our different sensitivities have created scenes with different impact and different taste, giving the movie a particular trend and rhythm.
So we can say: the recipe for happiness is to work side by side but fine dividing responsibilities and stimulating the freedom of expression of each.
3What do you love about animation? What does animation do that live action can't? For me animation means control and freedom. Control over every aspect of the image of the film, color, design, acting, to a level impossible to achieve in live action. Freedom to represent anything the imagination can suggest, without limits between real and unreal, without any physical constraint. In an animated film is not only the setting, photography, acting and dialogue to tell the story, but also the way in which all this is drawn, moved, colored. It's an art that includes within it all the visual and performing arts.
To be clear, we deeply love live action films, animation is just a declination and a possibility of the cinema tout-court, but above all it's our job and what we like to do, what we really love to do.
4This film takes place in a dystopian future where water is the most valuable currency. Considering the current political situation, do you think a future like this might be possible? The worst thing is that, in part, is already done. When a state imports food from another state, food that could produce itself, it's actually buying water, processed water. It's choosing to save its water resources and territory by exploiting those of another. The interests of the major economic powers of the strongest nations in the management of water resources, dam construction, irrigation plants, water systems is a form of control over the whole agricultural production process of the least developed countries. Probably food is easier to export than water and money will always be the most convenient way to purchase goods, in our film we have just deleted the intermediate steps, imagining a direct barter between the finished product and its true cost in water consumption. Certainly the growing aquifer exploitation control by a few people, will exacerbate the problem more and more, creating a widening gap of wealth and power between those who manage the water and those who are forced to beg for that. So it's not so strange to imagine a day when real "water hunters" fight ruthless multinationals, such as Water Corp. We really hope that this will never be reached.
5What's next? Our drawers overflowing with ideas. A few months ago, together with other friends we decided to found Studio Ibrido, to be able to continue to work together and realize our animation projects. We are a group of authors with different sensitivities and specialized in different techniques, 2d, 3d, stopmotion and why not, live action. Water Hunters is the first official project of the study. It's always difficult to find someone who believes in a personal idea and decides to finance it, but the enthusiasm is there and also the potential. Meanwhile, for any project we take in our hands we try to fill it with our creativity and never give up our personal artistic vision, with no compromise on quality. And anyway we always try to have fun, because we think that what you feel when you work runs straight into the movies you make.
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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