"Reflections" is a 2D-animated film composed of approximately 1,100 individual drawings.
What do our memories become? They are alive inside, even when the reality is dead. The fleeting quality of love forces a girl to question if her relationship ever truly existed, or if it was all in her head.
5 questions with Reflections director, Morgan Gruer at the half-way mark.
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
1Hi Morgan! Thanks for being a part of our festival! First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? Reflections was a personal story that I felt I needed to create in order to close a specific chapter of my life and move on to the next one. What began as a reflection upon numerous past relationships morphed into a story about one specific one that I had been unable to let go of. The cathartic process of this film acted as an outlet for me to package up my thoughts and feelings about this subject, and release them out into the world.
2Can you talk about your animation process and why you chose this particular animation style? I have a background in fine arts and have always loved drawing and painting, so it was a natural transition to transform my paintings into a moving picture. I wanted the medium itself to reflect the story; by hand-drawing each frame (there are over 1,100 in total), I was able to interject different emotions and feelings in each frame through varied line weights, forms, colors and negative space.
3This feels like a very personal film. How important is it for you to expose yourself in your work? It is only recently that I have begun to use my work as a means of expressing personal matters. Releasing this film was the most nervous I have ever been to release something, as it was a very personal story. However, I was overwhelmingly surprised to discover that so many people could relate to it's raw and honest nature. Receiving this kind of feedback pushes me to keep creating, and acts as a reminder that we are all so much more alike than we think.
4What do you love about animation? What does animation do that live action can't? I believe that animation has the ability to transform stories in a way that live action cannot. Through creative transitions, one can diverge from reality and create something that simply cannot be replicated in any other media. I try to always remember that principle, and make sure that I use the medium of animation to the fullest extent, so that the medium itself can be used to say or show something new.
5What's next? At the moment, I've been busy with freelance commercial work and writing ideas for new short films. I’m continually striving to experiment with new forms and media, make work that I feel passionate about, and use art as a vehicle to connect people.
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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