Steve Socki’s short film SPARROW DUET played to rave reviews at the August 2016 Under 5 minute FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor chatting with her:
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
Steve Socki: INSPIRATION FROM PLAYFUL MOVEMENTS IN NATURE, ESPECIALLY IN THE TIMING & CHOREOGRAPHY. REINTERPRETING & EXPERIMENTING THOSE OBSERVATIONS INTO VISUAL THEMES & VARIATIONS.
MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
SS: 2 YEARS
MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?
SS: PLAYFUL MOVEMENT
MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
SS: EDITING THE PARTS INTO A COHESIVE PIECE; DISCARDING ELEMENTS I LIKED FOR THE SAKE OF CONTINUITY
MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
SS: WONDERFUL INTERPRETATIONS, GREAT INSIGHTS & OBSERVATIONS; VERY UNPREDICTABLE
MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
SS: DEVELOPED PASTEL SKETCHES OBSERVING THE RITUALS OF BIRDS. IMAGINED A KIND OF DANCE, BEGINNING WITH A PAS DE DEUX, THEN DEVELOPING INTO GROUPS MOVING – SOMETIMES IN UNISON, SOMETIMES UNPREDICTABLY.
MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?
SS: WORKS BY OSKAR FISCHINGER & NORMAN MCLAREN – I WOULD HAVE TO SAY “HEN HOP” IF I WERE TO PICK ONLY ONE.
MT: What is next for you? A new film?
SS: WORKING ON A NEW, NON-NARRATIVE ANIMATED FILM NOW – WORKING TITLE IS “TIDELINES.”
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film: