6 questions with Nymphe, Modern Life director, Estelle Charrié at the half-way mark.
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
1Hi Estelle! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what inspired you to make this film? "Running around naked like a nymph on a roundabout. " was literaly something I read on facebook 8 years ago. It never left me, and I felt it was perfect to talk about a dear subject of mine : women in modern society.
2The Nymphe character and character design are so great. How did you go about creating her and what made you want to tell a story around her? At first the Nymph's character was more weird and deviant. I wanted to play the nymph's archetype in modern langage ( in french "une nymphette" means a young woman childish, naive and charming), who, tired from containing herself in a perfect role model end up having an odd and extreme behaviour nourrished with frustration.
Finaly I decided to keep the comical aspect of her oddity, and her so-called superficiality is realy a facade. The Nymph still as everything to learn and getting out of her roundabout is a first step toward emancipation, that's the real subject of the movie.
3The color palette in this film is incredible. How did you decide on creating the world in the colors you selected instead of more conventional colors? A nymph is not a creature with many props that could help define the character visualy, the best and most interesting solution to me was to use her environment. The fact that the vegetation is at the same time organic/vibrant and plastic/fake reflects the Nymph's paradox.
And also, I love vaporwave aethetics.
4What is it that you love about animation? Total freedom in direction, no physical limits. You don't need much to make a film... You need a lot of time though !
5This feels like it could be a part of a larger story. Do you have any plans to expand upon this? It's definitely part of a bigger story. As a graduation film I didn't wanted to make it a pilot, but the idea of making it a show is here from the begining. I'm glad the characters feel consistent enough, because it was my main goal, and I have a lot more to tell about the Nymph.
6What's next? I am writting a sequel, I do not have as much time as I had last year so it will be fragmented into gifs and edited in a movie later. There are a lot of possibilities format-wise, but the story is ready to be told. You can follow the process on my website.
Expect satyrs and amazones.
I'm also working on a side project which will be shorter (no more than 3 minutes) and focused on acting gags.
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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