Interview with Filmmaker Thomas Gailhard (SAH MATA)

SAH MATA played to rave reviews at the June 2020 Under 5 Minute Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Thomas Gailhard : Several purposes. First I wanted to celebrate contrast, allow myself to put an aestethical base coat to contrast with all my work so far. To create a pure, wide and oppressing atmosphere. Chess is anticipation, a chess board is the same for all, only time can change. everyone has his own speed of life, when the brain is too fast, it can beat the time, but when it has to slower to an uncomfortable zone, the game is the same, but more reflexion can lead to more chances of being defeated when it takes too much time, when your clock is not right.

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

Around 6 month for shooting, and another year and a half for the post production
2 years total

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

Sah Mata

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

Financing the post production maybe, but mostly to decide to do something with it after it was edited and fresh new. I showed it to family and friends with no grade and no sound at all (it all was created in post) and I felt there was not really a reason for me to put more money in it yet because ” anyway, people will not get it”

I’m happy today with all these encouraging reactions! I finally took the time and energy to polish the concept entirely and decide it was finish at some point

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

First curiosity. First I realized when I saw appearing the first guy, oh damn, I don’t know him, I barely understand everything he said, but he saw my movie and enjoyed it, at least some parts of it;; that’s juste crazy for me :)))
That gave me tears man.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I always try to imagine a parallel from reality to simplify things, undress them in order to ask simple questions, how the reality can be translated into duality

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

probably The Big Lebowski.. Mulholland Drive if we include the time we talk about it after watching it with friends

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

It really helps ! Unless being a very deep internet researcher, you could never find these opportunities. So thanks FilmFreeway for allowing this to many film makers and producers

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

That’s a good question

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

Yes, I have found a little production in Paris with whom I will be shooting. The screenplay is in its lasts version and soon we can start pre-shooting

That was a pleasure guys,

Thanks again and long live Cinema !


By matthewtoffolo

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

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