As human beings, we can’t seem to be able to get over our differences. But, are we really all that different? We_sounds; we’re all but the same.
Hi David thank you for talking to TNC, how are you handling the lockdown?
Hi Niger, thank you for the invitation. Regardless of how bizarre the latest weeks have turned out to be, I'd say the lockdown is going well. Can’t really complain. Even though it’d be great to go out, I feel extremely fortunate for being healthy and safe.
Working remotely hasn’t really posed any inconveniences for me nor my team either, so as I said, I can’t really complain.
As a filmmaker is this experience providing you with some creative motivations?
To me, the sense of time (and how it passes) has changed dramatically, and because of that I’ve been delving into things I hadn’t paid much attention to before. As a consequence, new ideas are springing and some other ones I was already working on are being revised from new angles.
Your film we_sounds has been selected for the 2020 ÉCU Film Festival in Paris, what has it meant to you to be part of this unique film festival for independent filmmakers?
Simply put, it’s a great honor to have we_sounds being part of as a great festival as the 2020 ÉCU. Really looking forward to checking out as many of the selected films as possible.
With over 10 years experience within the creative industries how much did this experience prepare you for making your debut film?
I guess it helped me learn some techniques both on the storytelling as well as the project management front. And, perhaps paradoxically, it has persuaded me to stay as far as possible from certain creative and visual formulas when approaching the creation of my first short.
Did you have any nerves or apprehensions about making we_sounds?
As I had to work on it in my spare time (when I was not working on client work), it took me a while to finish it. And for some time that became a bit worrying: the thought of not being able to fully finish it. But thankfully, I managed.
we_sounds has won a few awards since its festival run, what has it meant to get this type of recognition for your film?
In all honesty, I didn’t see that coming. Never thought it would get neither the few awards nor the various official selections it has gotten. So, needless to say it has been very rewarding and most of all, motivating.
Can you tell me a little bit about we_sounds, what was the inspiration behind this film?
The inspiration behind it changed as the project evolved. Firstly it came from wanting to do something 100% experimental (as in non commercial) where sound was the narrative thread.
Then it became the desire to show how many different and unique sounds the human body generates, how much meaning they embody and consequently the social role they play.
What was the most challenging aspect of making this animation?
The biggest challenge was to fully finish it.
Looking back do you think there is anything you would have done differently?
Yes, after seeing it for the first time in a theater I realized there were some minor tweaks I would’ve done to the edit. Some scenes should’ve been a bit longer.
Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?
Frankly, even though I’ve loved films for as long as I can remember, I’ve spent most of my career working on audiovisual projects that don’t really fall into the category of “filmmaking”.
Nonetheless ever since I was very young I’ve been fascinated by what can happen when you combine images and sounds and how the smallest alteration of such combinations can completely transform their meaning.
And perhaps we_sounds is the evolution of such fascination.
"...do you work for yourselves and the passion that drives you to create, regardless of what others may think or say about your work."
What has been the best piece of advice you have been given when you started out?
A good piece of advice was to stay true to the reasons that push me to create something in the first place, despite what others may or may not think/say about it.
Do you have any tips or advice to offer fellow debut filmmakers?
It’d be pretty much the same as the one I mentioned before: do you work for yourselves and the passion that drives you to create, regardless of what others may think or say about your work.
What are you currently working on?
Besides the client projects I’m constantly involved in, I’m working on a second animated short which should be finished before summer (fingers crossed).
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from we_sounds?
Hopefully a few minutes of entertainment and an invitation to reflect on the fact that we, as human beings, are really not that different from one another.