From time to time creatives reach that hard wall where they feel that inspiration has abandoned them forever. After some research and puffy eyes in the mirror we think we figured out: how to get inspired! But not really, I guess it depends on a lot of things, mostly your ability to cope with fear...
5 questions with The Ultimate Guide To Inspiration director, BLND at the half-way mark.
Monday, September 11th, 2017
1Hello BLND! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what wast the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? Inspiration has always been a subject that we were curious about. How do people keep inspired? How do we do it? What's the "secret"? So we starting to research about it...
2You two are a directing duo that goes by the name BLND. Would you mind telling us your names, how you formed BLND and why you like working together? We come from very different places, but in a way they are similar, they are very very loud, crowded and basically a hot mess.
I’m from Caracas-Venezuela, where it’s sunny all year long ❤ I studied graphic design and took a semester in animation, but the possibilities to study stop motion in Venezuela are close to 0 so one of my teachers there told me about a school in Barcelona where I could learn the technique.
I’m from Madrid-Spain, a place where you order a couple of beers and get almost a whole meal for free. I first studied audiovisual production, and there I realised that I wanted to do something more in the creative field, that is why I decided to study animation, and since Barcelona is the most creative city in Spain I went there.
So, looking for different lifestyles and opportunities, in 2009, individually – or working under fate – we moved to Barcelona. We met when we were studying animation at the same school and we not only fell in love but also decided to start our own animation studio, or at least at the moment, we wanted to start making our own movies together.
3This in an inspirational film for any artist. Do you two struggle with finding inspiration? What is your creative process like? Of course we also struggle with that, everyone does, but we think the only way to defeat a dry spot of inspiration is to keep showing up to do some work, even if its crap, the next day will be better (or the next after that…)
We are very careful with each stage of the process: brainstorming, storyboarding, animation and delivery. If you are not sure of each stage before going to the next one it can be catastrophic.
But the main thing we keep in mind is that the idea defines the technique, not the other way around. So each project we jump on is tailor-made for every single client or purpose.
4What do you love about animation? What does animation do that live action can't? We love animation because we love movement. Cell animation & stop motion are the techniques we enjoy the most. We really enjoy dedicating time to each frame, digitally or with real materials. We love it because when you work frame by frame you really understand movement.
Animation is magic, in the animation world you can fly, you can transform into clay, paper, any object...you can do anything you want and experiment with anything you wish :)
5What's next? Oh I don’t know, maybe living on the top of a mountain in 10 years, who knows!
But for now let's say we are building some new exciting projects in the background, you are just gonna have to wait and see! ;-)
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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