FILM

Patrick Smith
INSHORT Film Festival 2018
‘Pour 585
05' | Animation | USA | 2018 | Tickets
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A hand-drawn animated film that visually interprets the individual's role in hierarchy. The conflict occurs when a cycle is interrupted by a character that does not adhere to the machine-like norms.

 

Hi Patrick thanks for talking to TNC, how is everything going?

 

Fantastic, very busy, which is good for a hand-drawn animator in this day of digital.

Any nerves ahead of the screening?

Always. It’s mortifying to show your art to an audience.

What does it mean to be screening your film at InShort Film Festival 2018?

It’s the premiere of my film in the UK, and I’m excited that InShort travels to other cities and countries (as I understand it).  It’s a good time in the life of this film, we just qualified to send to the Oscars (short animation category) which is really exciting.

Tell me a little bit about Pour 585, how did the film come about?

"Pour 585" uses metaphor to express the process of indoctrination, and how this can lead to tyranny. It's a cautionary tale that began as a simple way to express the power of individuality but grew into a wider message.

 

What was the most challenging part of making this film?

 

The damn liquid in the heads of the characters.  I drew the entire film, then went back and animated an additional layer of liquid.

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Where did your passion for hand-drawn animated come from?

I just stumbled upon it while I was in university.. picked up a book called “Illusion of Life”, an epic text written by two of Disney’s “Nine old men".

How much has your style and the approach to your filmmaking changed since your debut?

I’ve gotten better at drawing... it’s a long road.  I’ve always struggled with drawing, and I’m happy that I can finally make presentable lines.

How would you describe Pour 585 in three words?

Outgrow initial ideology.

Do you have any advice or tips for any fellow filmmaker?

finish.  A finished mediocre film is better than an unfinished masterpiece.

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

I hope they appreciate the metaphor and enjoy the drawings.