Interview with director/animator Brent Forrest (DIRTY POOL)

Brent Forrest’s short film played to rave reviews at the March 2017 ANIMATION Short Film Festival.

 Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Brent Forrest: I want to get hired at Pixar.​

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

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

​Next Better.​

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

​Working evenings and weekends while holding down an unforgiving tokyo day job and raising my daughter.​

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

​Happy, then gassy​

I woke up and saw this email in my inbox first thing in the morning, so that was a nice treat to watch and start the day. My only comment is that I was hoping to hear more of the negative comments, not just an edit of the good stuff. I’m more interested in hearing the criticism than the compliments although it was nice to hear the film was candy for the eyes at the end of the festival.

EDITOR’S NOTE: There was not a negative comment made about this film. The only comments that were deleted were repeated points made.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

​Ive had this idea as a basic sketch for over a decade, only recently when I decided to make a short film did I decide to dust it off and take it to completion​

What film have you seen the most in your life?

​Who can say, Maybe the Iron Giant, or Total Recall​

What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I don’t know what my favorite song is not what song I’ve heard most in my life. Can anyone honestly answer that question? I’m really into Triumph recently.

What is next for you? A new film?

I’m currently trying to decide between stories and looking into assembling a team for my next short, which I would like to be more story driven, instead of just an animation excessive as this one was.


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