Interview with director Nathalie Cusson (SUNDAY AFTERNOON)

Nathalie Cusson’s short film “SUNDAY AFTERNOON” played to raves reviews at the February 2017 Romance FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor chatting with her about her short film and what’s next.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

The initial motivation was to see if I could produce a sensual film without human intervention. How to come up with an erotic film without showing an once of flesh?

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

It took about a week of preparation, 3 days of shooting (with a Phantom camera and a crew of 2) and about 10 days of post production (editing and some minimal retouching/colouring.

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

Ah! Oh! Just kidding. The correct description would be an abstract erotic film.

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

The biggest obstacle was the budget (none, personal investment) combined with the desire for it to be technically perfect-looking. (Hard to achieve with no money)

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

I was so delighted to see that people really “got it” and were touched but the film. Someone said that they “could have watched longer” and that was an immense pleasure to hear, in a world where we are often asked to shorten films. I really indulged myself with the length of this film, because the languid aspect is an intrinsic quality to the theme.

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

I have worked with objects a lot in my previous career as an art director (in still photography) and I wanted to see if objects could carry an emotion. They always do to me, but I wanted to transmit that feeling.

. What film have you seen the most in your life?

I have seen a lot of fiction, a lot of “foreign” films, quite a bit of experimental films and always had a fascination for animation, traditional (paper) and of the digital age. Variety is big for me, I like to get inspired by all kind of style and sources. Like a lot of people, we are like sponges, absorbing – even unconsciously – what goes on around us.

What is next for you? A new film?

I am currently working on a series (7) of short films for the Vancouver Island Orchestra. The conductor is creating various epic style compositions, each of them an hommage to a great invention. (The automobile, the lightbulb, the space shuttle etc) I am creating a film for each composition. The films will be shown at the Opera House in April 2017 with a live orchestra and a choir of 50 voices, including children. I feel blessed to be working on such a beautiful project.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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