Interview with Filmmaker Alyce Vest (TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF LOVE)

TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF LOVE was the winner of BEST FILM at the November 2020 ANIMATION Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

A lot of the inspiration for this film came from my personal adoption story. I was born in Russia and adopted as a baby, just like the little girl in my film, Anika. I have always been interested in adoption, and this film was the perfect opportunity to explore it even further. Also, as part of my research, I read a lot of other peoples’ stories about their experience with adoption, so I pulled a lot of inspiration from those stories as well. I love hearing other peoples adoption stories!

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

The whole project took about two years to complete.

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

“Heartwarming” and “Genuine”

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

This is the first short film I have ever directed/produced, and the first project I had worked on for an extended period of time. Up until this project, my usual work was individual class projects. The main challenge was learning the pipeline and the necessary workflow to keep a project like this moving. There were many things I was unfamiliar with and things I had never done before, so it turned out to be a great learning experience. Plus, I had an amazing committee of professors who I could always turn to for help and support when I needed it (which was a lot!).

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

I really enjoyed it! It touches my heart to hear how many people responded so positively to my film. Thank you to all of the reviewers!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

As stated before, I chose adoption for the topic of this film because of my personal connection. I also wanted to include the poem “Legacy of An Adopted Child” (author unknown) because I felt that it encapsulated the meaning of adoption and the two different kinds of love shown by each mother so beautifully. It’s one of those poems that just sticks with you. As soon as the poem became the backbone of the film, the rest of the story just fell into place.

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

Tough question! I’m a huge Disney fan, so I would probably have to say The Lion King or Lady and the Tramp.

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

I really like FilmFreeway. It’s very easy to navigate, and to check on the film’s progress as you submit to festivals.

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

Another tough one! A few come to mind: Layla by Eric Clapton, Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band, Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, Rainbow by Kesha…the list goes on!

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

I guess right now I am still searching for an idea that grabs me. But I am certainly eager to start a new project!

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