Interview with Filmmaker João Vaz (COLD)

COLD was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the September 2020 Experimental, Dance, Music Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The story of this film started the year before when Stefania Georgieva, choreographer of Athom Theatre in Sofia, challenged me to go to Bulgaria to film a dance residency. In this film we also join forces with Simon Lundsgaard, composer and the responsible for the music and sound effects. This first collaboration resulted in our collaborative film ” Complex of Shadow”.

Our motivation since the beginning was to keep grow and learn together during the creative process and to produce films where we could explore more about this hybrid field of cinema, music and dance in a experimental way.

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

This short film was shot during 1 week, after long video conferences between Portugal and Bulgaria.
After all that, post production took 2-3 months to put it all together, between editing, sound design, music composition and grading

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

Visceral and hopeful

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

The biggest challenge to the film was to create something different from the original performance based on the testimonies of the survivors of the concentration camps in Bulgaria. Through the languages of cinema and music, it allowed us to create a non materialistic narrative about those experiences.

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

It’s wonderful to be allowed to share this film across the ocean to people with different background and find so many of them relate somehow with it. This is something that made all of us, who made part of this film, learn a lot about.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

The idea was developed by Stefania by interviewing and searching stories about the survivors of the concentration camps. My work here was to compose a narrative based on the coreography created by here, find the right physical place for the bodies to work, and in collaboration with Simon and Stef work the right atmosphere for the film. Also very important the way that with André Mendes (editor) we worked all the images and found ways to tell this narrative through the editing.

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

Nostalgia de la luz – Patricio Guzmán

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

It’s a wonderful platform that help filmmakers to be informed and choose the best ways that can show and promote their work worldwide. It really opened me the world of cinema and video festival to great opportunities.

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

Inquietação – José Mario Branco

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

Next thing to do is always to keep producing more films and keep surrounding myself with beautiful and passionate people that love to create and improve themselves.

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