Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (GHOSTBOY)

Jonathan Brooks’ short film “Ghostboy” played to rave reviews at the Family/Animation Short Film Festival in August 2016. An animation with a twist of unique comedy and a valuable life lesson. It’s safe to say that Jonathan is an filmmaker and storyteller on the rise.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jonathan Brooks: I had written a poem whilst at college called Ghostboy. It was far darker in tone but the character I had was interesting enough to keep it in mind for the future. It wasn’t until I met a local stop-motion animator at a film festival for another film of mine that we discussed future projects. It was 10 years since I had written the Ghostboy poem and felt that this was the best chance to develop it into a short film and expand on the character.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

JB: From concept to the finished film it took about a year and a half to make.

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

JB: Fun and spooky!

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

JB: The hardest challenge was the editing. Working with well over 15,000 images put our computer to it’s limits and had to work around various programs suddenly closing over and over again…

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

JB: It was great to see an audience from a different country express their opinions on Ghostboy, they understood the theme and metaphor behind the characters well.

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

JB: The idea came around initially during college when studying popular directors, mine was Tim Burton which is what lead me to writing Ghostboy.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

JB: I have probably watch Lord of the rings: Fellowship of the ring more than any other film. Closely followed by Toy Story…

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

JB: I am looking to direct another animated film but this time in CGI to better understand the production process. Between that I hope to direct smaller liver action films.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of GHOSTBOY:

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the 2nd to last and last Thursday of every single month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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