A woman hatches into a world made of bin bags, governed by a menacing external force. In it she finds a man, frantically scavenging the bags, which are filled with a variety of random objects. He is searching for a key to unlock a mysterious container before them, which seems to hold the world's secret. As it starts to buzz loudly, the woman is overcome by a compulsive desire to open it, but only one of them can succeed.
Produced by: Oliver Sunley
Cast: Nicole Magdalena, Tommie Grabiec, Jeremy Hill
5 questions with Wasteworld director, Andrea Niada at the half-way mark.
Friday, June 9th, 2017
1Hi Andrea! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make Wasteworld? Hi and thank you so much for featuring Wasteworld on your website!
The seed was quite bizarre really; I was taking out the rubbish a few years ago when something inside the bag moved... We had a rat problem back then so I imagine that's what it was, but I never found out as I immediately chucked it into the wheelie bin outside! The image stuck with me however and my imagination has a tendency to create unsettling, absurd ideas from the smallest thing, so that's what happened.
2You've created such a bizarre and beautifully textured world. How difficult was it to construct? How many bags did you end up needing to create that set? It took us three and a half long days to build the set and we ended up using around 1500 bin bags filled with free newspapers, most of them taped and stapled to the set walls. For the lighting we mainly used theatre spotlights to give us a lot more control of the contrast.
3What draws you to more experimental films? Why did you want to make one and what do you appreciate about more experimental work? I wanted to focus on the use of sound and images to try to extract strong emotions and sensations from the audience, without relying on dialogue and narrative. This is what draws me most to more non-linear, mood and visual based films; their ability to emotionally affect you in different, often more visceral ways than traditional narratives. Nonetheless, I like making more linear, plot-driven films as well!
4What was your biggest challenge on set and how did you get through it? Probably the limited time we had to shoot the film. Although we spent four days on it, I underestimated the difficulty of all the various in-camera effects, especially as I had never tried anything like it before. It took a lot of preparation and even more takes to have people appearing and disappearing and apparently falling inside rubbish bags out of nowhere and most of the time doing this all whilst being blinded and dazed by strobe lights. It was a lot of fun though and I learnt a lot from it!
5What's next? I've made a couple of shorts since, one a psychological horror called 'Home Education', which is currently on the festival circuit and a documentary I shot in Afghanistan a month ago, which is currently in post-production.
I will be shooting another short film in July - an absurd comedy, which I'll hopefully complete by the fall.
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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