Reanna’s short film FORGOTTEN FLORA was the winner of BEST FILM at the February 2018 FEMALE Feedback Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
Reanna Miller: As a student, I realized I began spending less and less time with my family. The busier I got, the less I saw of the people I love. The only connection to my family at times was a cellphone. I love technology, as it helps me create artwork, but I slowly began to rely on it for everything. I wanted to make something addressing a personal issue, something I felt strongly about. As a digital animator, it gets frustrating sitting at a computer all the time, and this led me to include a nature element in my film.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
Roughly a year. I could not have done it without the talents of Janice Carter, who helped animate and color the film.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Figuring out how to tell the story in 5 minutes or less. Sometimes the art of storytelling boils down to getting to the basics of what the character needs and why they can’t get it. The story went through a few iterations to get it down to a nice, concise tale.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Very appreciative. It’s always great getting feedback from fresh eyes.
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
To go back to my first answer, I wanted to address feeling disconnected from my family. I even started pointing to my phone when referring to family, since I wouldn’t see them for long periods of time. The driving idea behind my thesis was to not allow technology to drive my life.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
It’s either a toss up between Labyrinth or A Nightmare Before Christmas. They’re extremely fun movies which I watched a lot growing up. Tim Burton films specifically were some of the earliest inspirations for me to pursue a career in animation.
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
It’s great! I have two films in the festival circuit, and it makes the submission process easy and enjoyable.
9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?
I was in love with the album Frances the Mute by Mars Volta when I was younger. It still gives me chills whenever I listen to it again.
10. What is next for you? A new film?
Another love of mine is music, so I think I want to dive into an animated music video of some sort. I want to venture away from story driven animation and start experimenting with visuals.