Interview with Filmmaker Raphaël THIERS (ANIMAL)

ANIMAL was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the October 2019 Experimental/Dance/Music Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Raphaël THIERS: I have many dreams of film…but many of them are too big !… Here i was convinced I could do it with a short team, and a low budget. As soon as i discovered this room of a slaughterhouse, I had the intuition I should film a dancer body in it …

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

The desire : almost 6 years ago….
But when the decision has been made, about 5 months.

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

life instinct

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

Our low budget enforded us to use a camera without an inside card but with a external solid drive : not a good idea ! I let you guess what happended as soon as we had to balance or move the camera … So i was very happy to have a dslr as a rescue camera …

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

I would say truly joy .. The audience was sensible to the way i magnified the dance and the body of my dancer in this slaughterhouse. That was my purpose !…

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

At the beginning Animale was a short choreographic performance created for an Art Museum , and directed by the choreographer Lisie philip of the Antipodes Compagny . I had a profound reaction to this dance performance.and wanted to share it with others. As I said in point 1, I choosed this former room of a slaughterhouse as a cinema set because It was so …cold i had to warm it with beauty…

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

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Sergio Leone

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Not so bad! My film has been seen on another continent !

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

Escale of Mathieu Geghre, it was the music of a performance i have danced about 200 times ! …

10. What is next for you? A new film?

No, just dreams !..


By matthewtoffolo

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

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