Interview with Filmmaker Michael Guillod (PASTEL)

PASTEL was awarded BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the November 2020 LGBT Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Hunger and passion for what I do, is my only motivation when it comes to film making.

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

It took a bit more than expected – It took about 4 years from the very first line to the first screening. Writing and editing were the longest parts in the process. Mostly writing because I couldn’t find enough time within my daily life, to be efficient and of course the editing process since I had to rely on an editor doing all this without any financial compensation. This can change the game. The process wasn’t a day to day priority. We were working on it whenever were had time.

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

“Least expected”

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

Never giving up might have been the hardest challenge I faced. The process was long and sometimes I had to be completely isolated – almost lonely, I dare to say. I had to find the stamina and perseverance to continue and achieve what I believed, regardless the challenges I was constantly facing. No matter how many times I felt like giving up, there was always something there to remind me that this is why we want to make movies – and I kept working on the project.

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

It’s overwhelming to have such a direct and honest feedback. Being able to get an actual opinion from the viewers is really an exciting moment. I love having all kinds of response to my work from different people, ages, cultures and backgrounds.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

It all started when I first read an article related to conversion therapy! I was shocked to discover that such practice was still taking place in countries such as Switzerland or the USA.

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

Titanic – I know corny but true.

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

It’s a great and easy way to submit a film as an indie filmmaker. It takes work and a clear strategy in order to plan submissions.

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

River Deep, Mountain high – Céline Dion – Gotta love Celine.

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

Making Pastel made me want to do only one thing – More films! Stay tuned.

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