Interview with Israeli Filmmaker Shachar Gal (BLACK BALLOON)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

BLACK BALLOON was the winner of Best Cinematography at the June 2016 WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival. 

It was an honor speaking with the director Shachar Gal about the film.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Shachar Gal: There are few things that attracted us about making the film.

Actually the first thoughts we had were more about the aesthetics and the atmosphere we wish to create.

The “torture” scene was the first part of the script and everything was kind of built around it. the dissonance between a birthday celebration and a cruel murder scene was the first spark in my brain.. So I have to admit it was not the “anti-bullying” idiology who brought me to make the film. The story about Noy (the girl) came after two different drafts. When we came up with “Black Balloon” it was after we where watching some item about bullying…

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