BLOSSOM played to rave reviews at the February 2019 ROMANCE Film Festival in Toronto.
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
Natacha Thomas: The motivation to continue to tell stories, to test pictures and especially the big desire to redo projects with a genius team that we started to create on the first film (Red Tale)
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
More or less 6 months from the idea to the finished movie (the time available to make independent film clearly dependent on the availability between personal life and “food work” )
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
The chance to work with a creative and attentive team is that the main challenge is always to let other people really understand your vision, your idea and transcribe it into the reality of a shoot, a post-production process, and this challenge was not an obstacle thanks to them.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
It’s really cool to hear people talking about your movie! To bring personal theories about what they saw, a film is also made to tell you about your personal ideas, your experiences, so it’s a real chance to hear people speak about one of your stories.
It’s always great to know that people have taken personal time to see your work, to talk about it.
Thank you at the festival team for this idea, especially for the directors that could not be there during the screening!
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
The idea for a film (short or feature) is a strange process, it is made up of many stages, sometimes unconscious and really personal…
For Blossom, most obviously, the film speaks of a sacrifice in the name of a vain and futile desire, it speaks about the temptation to metamorphose to please the other.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Seven probably but this is clearly not one of the movies that I used as a reference for Blossom.
For Blossom you could find “movies wink” with for example likes the mirrors scene of “The Lady from Shanghai” (https://youtu.be/F-BqDWG72iM) or the scene of the car in Titanic (https://youtu.be/wlDp2aqFhR0) or again the scene of the curse of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (https://youtu.be/N6UYITSXjfc ),
and I will let you find the other references… 😉
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
It’s really a chance to have this kind of platform, it really simplifies festival submissions. It also allows you to discover opportunities to show your work.
9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?
During the process of creation of Blossom I listened mainly: Toxic (Britney Spears), the soundtrack of Lost River (especially Chromatics), the soundtrack of Neon Demon or the works of The Goblin and the soundtrack of the videogame The path (Kris Force, Jarboe)
At the moment for another project I listen mostly Loosing my religion (REM)
10. What is next for you? A new film?
Yes I work now on a 3rd short film that will be a prequel of Blossom and Red Tale (my first two movie) SAUDADE and on other projects