"IN HIGH SCHOOL MY VERY FIRST ANIMATION COMDY ABOUT A ROBBIT FALLING IN LOVE WITH A RADISH SUCCESSFULLY MADE MOS OF MY CLASSMATES LAUGH, THAT STARTED MY JOURNEY OF BECOMING AN ANIMATOR."
Fresh & Tasty
Screening Session: BLOCK 1
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
Would you eat it or not?
Hi Hsin-hui thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?
Hi thank you so much for having me in this interview! I am doing well, hope everyone stay safe and wish you all the best.
Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?
Not really, the inspiration comes from my passion about food. I would say during these strange times I got to focus on working full time for making animation.
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?
Thank you! I feel very honoured and grateful! It really means a lot to me because it is my very first completed animation with proper scenes and sounds. I feel that I am being affirmed as a storyteller.
Can you tell me a little bit about your film, how did this film come about?
I love food so much and I was eager to make animation about food. My main inspiration is one of the episodes from animation series Adventure Time where Princess Bubblegum making a sandwich and gathering the ingredients in a very strange and complicated way. In order to make cheese, she cruelly spinning a cow on a machine. The strangeness and craziness of how the sandwich was made is really fascinating. This inspired me to come up with whimsical animal characters which have food body parts. After that, I tried to create a short story having these animals involved.
What where the biggest challenges you faced bringing your film to life?
I struggled for a while trying to figure out and clarify what I am trying to say through my film.
Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?
I would like to revise the storyboards and try out different angles of shots to make the scenes more dramatic.
Describe your film in three words?
Quirky, whimsical, reflection
Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?
I love seeing people smile. When I was watching Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar 3, I burst out of laughter so hard that I cried. I would like to bring joy, which I received from animation, to people. In high school, my very first animation comedy about a rabbit falling in love with a radish successfully made most of my classmates laugh, that starts my journey of becoming an animator.
What has been some of the best advice you’ve been given?
My classmate suggested that I could go for the theme about animal destress. I received lots of great advice about timing and acting from my instructors as well.
Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?
Yes, it is very exciting to see different forms of stories told with different media and how the stories are told in an innovative way!
"The core idea of the film is to bring the awareness of ignorance about food source to people."
Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
Do not be afraid of asking for feedbacks and showing your idea to people. I find feedback from others really helps!
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from your film?
The core idea of the film is to bring the awareness of ignorance about food source to people.
I hope people will think about these questions after watching my film: Do you know how your food was made and if you know that, would you still choose to eat the food?