"I HAD NO IDEA WHEN I STATED TO MAKE THE FILM THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE SO MUCH WORK."

Gal Kinan
Mother
Nomination: Best Animation
Screening Session: Feb 28 | Nominated Films
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
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On the evening of Independence Day lonely Solomon stands, lost in thought, on Hahagana Bridge next to the Tel Aviv central station. As the fireworks die down a vision in the sky with him as a baby and his mother appears and for a short moment, he is transported back to his childhood.

Hi Gal thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?

I am working from home in a new film production in the Netherlands and it keeps me busy, but I miss other people, and it feels lonely.

Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?

During the first lockdown period of the corona pandemic, I managed to finish my first animation short film. I think that the lockdown gave me the opportunity to concentrate on the film and give it my full attention.

Congratulations on having your film selected for the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?

I am incredibly happy to be part of this film festival. 

As a migrant myself, I am inspired by migration stories and created this short animation film to share my experiences and those of other migrants with the audience. 

Can you tell me a little bit about Mother, how did this film come about?

This film is based on my own experiences as a migrant in Holland, but also its based on a conversation I had with Solomon, an Ethiopian refugee I met one evening. He told me how disconnected and alienated he feels about his new life. I told him how I felt in my first few years as a new migrant in holland. From this connection came the film “Mother”.

What where the biggest challenges you faced brining your film to life?

The biggest challenge I had to face, is that Animation takes a long time to make - you cannot skip stages in the production. There were a lot of delays and some things took longer than I expected, and I needed more developing time than I initially thought. For example, the intro scene was created in the middle of the film production because I realised I need to introduce my protagonist to the audience. 

I realise that in my next production I will need to spend more time in the pre-production phase.

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?

It was a huge amount of work to model, texture, rig and animate a short film of 05:46 minute. I had no idea when I started to make the film that it was going to be so much work. It taught me a lot on how to produce animation short and hopefully in my next film I will be able to plan it better. 

Describe your film in three words?

Longing for home.

Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?

As a 3D animator I am interested in the way animation can portray realty differently than a photograph. I feel that there are unique stories just waiting to be told through animation, in a more personal, intimate, and imaginative way.

What has been some of the best advice you’ve been given?

One of my teachers pushed me to try and use light differently. Usually in 3D light is spread evenly on everything in the scene. My teacher recommended looking at   old masters painting from the Baroque period. He suggested that I could learn from their approach to light in a scene. Looking at old masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt really help me uses light in a more dramatic and exciting way than before. It helped to create beautiful night scenes with dark surrounding and some small lights points which increased to feeling of loneliness of the protagonist. 

Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?

Yes! Of course, we should keep on innovating what we do to make it unique and special. 

"I think that my best advice for myself and for other film makers is just to go on and make more films because we learn from making."

Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?

It's my first animation film and in the process of making it I made lots of mistakes. I think that my best advice for myself and for other film makers is just to go on and make more films because we learn from making.  

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Mother?

Migration is a worldwide phenomenon that crosses continents, nations, countries, races, and genders. As a migrant myself, I am inspired by migration stories and would like to create animation films that depicts these journeys and experiences and tells the stories of those who are voiceless.

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