Interview with Filmmaker Loïc Andrieu (AGORIA – CALL OF THE WILD)

AGORIA – CALL OF THE WILD was awarded BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the July 2020 Experimental Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Loïc Andrieu: As a screenwriter I am working on my next feature film script LIFE LINE. This film introduces a new female hero high-concept. Jane, an enigmatic LAPD rookie, trapped into a scary police hazing ritual and forced to face her secret power to dive into death. The concept of this project has inspired the music video AGORIA – CALL OF THE WILD. In fact you should experience this music video as a proof of concept for the full length movie.

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

My producer Pierre Cazenave triggered it all by introducing me to the amazing electronic music artist and producer Agoria aka Sebastien Devaud. I pitched him the concept…

From there, Agoria agreed and offered me one of the most iconic tracks of his forthcoming album Drift.

The supernatural-thriller tone of the script fits perfectly the mood of the track Call Of The Wild. The fast-paced menacing vocals of Philadelphia rapper STS complements the cold and uneasy mood created by Agoria’s industrial-tinged beats.

It was an exciting experience to collaborate with Agoria as he re-worked his track through the editing process of the video by adding powerful instrumental parts. Agoria’s inputs were priceless in terms of balance between the music video and the narrative.

The whole project took us one 18 months.

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

FEMALE ORPHEUS

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

Los Angeles is not an easy area to shoot an ambitious project with a low budget. You must pay dozens of expensive permits. A single gunshot will cost you 200$ to rent the gun. 900$ to pay the weapon supervisor plus 3000$ to pay the permit to shoot by night in a suburb area. So you are not as free as you are in Europe to shoot with a small crew. Unions, casting, scouting, wardrobe, every aspect of a low budget movie production are a battle in LA. I guess all these rules are made to prevent the city from being overwhelmed by movie shootings. But even if you can’t be as picky as you would be in Europe, you will always find better props, a better car, or better locations than the one you had in mind because the volume of choice is way larger in every department.

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

My producer Pierre Cazenave from Soldats Films and I are very proud to be part of this amazing event. We never take anything for granted and we are honoured that CALL OF THE WILD will be screened this year in front of such an authentic audience.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Call Of The Wild is a female Orpheus myth. Death is the ultimate Pandora’s box. Dealing with it calls us to face inherent fears over the unknown. Jane breaks these boundaries and unveils the mysteries of the antechamber of death. Not dead yet, but no longer alive.

The concept of a female character blessed and cursed with an Orphic power came to me through personal mythological research. I created the concept of Jane as a real-life Fury. Furies are the snake-haired goddesses of vengeance, that under earth take vengeance on men, whosoever hath sworn a false oath.

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

THE DEER HUNTER

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

This is the best platform ever to expose the creations of talented directors from all over the world.

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

“What’s going on?” by Marvin Gaye

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

I Am currently focused on writing my feature film screenplay. “LIFE LINE” inspired from the concept of the short film “Agoria – CALL OF THE WILD ».

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