Interview with director Jeff Draheim (THE SNOWMAN’S HAT)

Short Film played to rave reviews at the Under 5 Minute Film Festival in June 2017.

 Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

I love stop motion animation, and I love trying to tell a story visually with no dialogue.

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

I made this film in my garage in my spare time. I nurtured the idea for almost a year, but once I started production the whole process took about 7 weeks.

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

Be patient.

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

I used white clay for the snowman. It attracted ever spec of dust in my garage. After filming the animation I had to create a filter in After Effects to the final frames to remove the dust but still retain the clay texture. The filter required hours of rendering for each shot.

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

I loved hearing the comments! A few people were offering a deeper meaning to my film then I ever envisioned. Their comments reinforce just how subjective art can be.

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

I was partially inspired by the antics of the Olaf character in the movie “Frozen”.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Jaws. I am a life-long fan of moves. I try to see as many as I can.

What song have you listened to the most in your life

My musical tastes are very diverse; classic rock, sound track scores, musicals, Jazz. I couldn’t begin to guess which song I’ve listened to the most.

What is next for you? A new film?

I like to make about 1 film a year. I’m currently nurturing a few ideas but I always like to have a solid story before I begin.


THE SNOWMAN’S HAT, 2min, USA, Animation
Directed by Jeff DraheimA stop motion snowman adventure.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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