5 questions with Shahkboy director, Jake Peckar at the half-way mark.
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
1Hey Jake! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make Shahkboy? Hi guys! Some friends and I were joking about the movie The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, which sparked the question: what if he was a literal shark-boy and not a superhero? And awkward little Shahkboy was born.
2What do you love about animation? What does animation do that live action can't? Animation will always be a magical medium to me. It's the act of bringing a drawing to life that makes all the hard work worth it. I love designing characters and fleshing them out through sketchbook doodles, which was the fuel for many parts of SHAHKBOY. Most of the acid trip sequences were taken straight from doodles I did during my Intro to Psychology class. Bringing a drawing from a sketchbook to the screen is what I love most about animation.
3I loved how rough this film was around the edges. Why did you choose to keep it not so clean and do all the sound effects with your mouth instead of a sound effects library? When I first drew the storyboards for the film they were in tiny boxes in my sketchbook, very messy and uncoordinated. To make the animatic I just shot pictures of the storyboards and recorded all the dialogue in one long take, doing necessary sound effects with my mouth. As I worked on the project the bad sound design just kind of stuck. I even tried rerecording some dialogue later on but it didn't live up to that first take so I kept most of the original audio.
4Shahkboy is such a great character and I'd love to see him go on more adventures. Do you have any plans on doing more with him? I'd love to explore some other ideas that I had for Shahkboy, such as a trip to the Boston Aquarium. I'm currently working on developing a pitch for an animated series featuring my young protagonist, so hopefully he'll have more adventures to come!
5What's next? Shahkboy 2: Revenge of the Titty Shark
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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