5 questions with A Drop In The Ocean director, kendy ty at the half-way mark.
Friday, June 16th, 2017
1Hi Kendy! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? Thank you very much for hosting my film ! I am a fan of indepedant dramas/social films and wanted to make something very human and simple at the same time. I really think that we don't have to tell something complicated with the shortfilm format if we succeed to put pure emotions in it. Plus, this film has been done with a vey minimalist team: my producers (Khalid Tahhar, Marc Malécot) and me and my tiny camera with the same lens ! Nothing else.
The initial idea came from my Producer Khalid. As a father, he suggested me to make the story of a man from the countryside who comes in town to find his missing daughter.
So we explored the themas of the loss, the loneliness and the strong link between a father and his child.
2Your film is gorgeously shot through the streets of Bangkok. What is it like filming in Thailand? Thank you, you are very kind ! Believe it or not, but I only used a tiny Canon T2i and a 30mm sigma to shoot everything. No gimbals, no additional lights, just available lights. Filming in Bangkok is just so easy because there's so much production values with all these neons, these extraordinary wooden houses... You can't miss a shot when you film or take a picture there !
Most of the scenes have been shot in the guerilla way ! Something very easy with a tiny camera such as the T2i: people were thinking I was taking pictures, but I was filming !
3In the film, the man's daughter has been taken away by sex trafficking. What is the situation in Thailand like at the moment? Is the sex trafficking improving and where can people go to find out more about the subject or help? It could sound weird but there's no "sex trafficking" in Thailand., this is a very western point of view. In fact, prostitution is a job like another one in Thailand, it's legal and the sex workers pay taxes like anybody else. So there is no "pimp" or the cliche of the bad guy who forces a girl to prostitute herself against her will like in the western countries.
In the film, the father checks these locations because he thinks it could be the potential place for a lost girl who tries to earn money easily.
Anyway I think it's sad that there's so much sex workers in BKK, but it's the tourist's behavior fault. Thai people just try to answer to the tourist needs in fact... It's a perverted effect of the capitalist system.
4This film feels like it could be part of a larger story. Are there any plans to try to expand this into a feature? Yes, It's the reason why I wrote a larger story inspired by this shortfilm to make a web serie format with several episodes. We just need to find the good persons who believe in this project to make it happen one day.
5What's next? I'm still working on the script of a feature film project with my producer and a writer. It takes a lot of time and energy but we hope one day this dream comes true ! Otherwise, I will still make my small personal projects because for me filming is a real passion !
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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