Hold is a short film about the Hold keyframe and its power to stop motion. Hold wants nothing more than to join in with the other keyframes but unfortunately, his ability to stop motion interrupts, forcing him to become an outcast. Eventually, Hold shows the other keyframes that being different is okay and they begin to grow an appreciation for his unique talent allowing him to join in with the fun.
5 questions with Hold director, Matt Wilson at the half-way mark.
Friday, August 11th, 2017
1Hi Matt! Thanks for being a part of our film festival. First, you dedicate this film to "an under-rated keyframe". Could you tell us why you love the Hold keyframe so much and why you decided to make a film dedicated to it? It's a bit silly really, I kept having a lot troubles of things moving unexpectedly in my animations when I first started due to many reasons. Discovering the Hold Keyframe was a blessing that saved me a ton of time, it's a simple little trick but it works perfectly to completely freeze movement and for that reason I felt it was under appreciated and needed it's spot on the big screen!
2Can you explain a bit about how you achieved your animation process? The process took over a year of on and mostly off working. After the initial idea the storyboards came together pretty quickly but the design stage took forever! I redrew everything about 5 times before I was happy with the look of the film. Once the style was finished it was just a case of animating out all the scenes making sure each of the keyframes had charm and personality.
3What do you love about animation? What does animation do that live action can't? I come from a design background, for me animation was an amazing way to take my drawings to the next level by making them move. I love live action and admire when it is done well, but it has its limitations by being contained within the physical world. Animation is great for letting you create your own world and rules.
4What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? I don't really consider myself a film maker, but I do have a particular animation that made me want to give it a go. If you haven't seen it, check out Irritable Bowl Syndrome Frazer Davidson!
5What's next? I'm currently travelling but I've got a few silly ideas for some shorts when I get back!
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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