Interview with Filmmaker Steve Socki (SPARROW DUET)

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:

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