Interview with Filmmaking Team of Anna Kong, Audee Halim, Gil Milstein (SLIPPING IN TIME)

SLIPPING IN TIME was awarded BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the April 2021 LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Anna (Director): “This film was the final project for our art degree in NZ, and we wanted to finish off with a story that was meaningful for us. Our entire team is queer or ally, and we wanted to tell a cool love story from our perspective, divert from the tropes and stereotypes, because love is love. When we made this Film in 2020, with the many conflicts in the world, we were all forced to reconsider the priorities in our lives, just as Shelley had done. Ultimately, as we all learn from our lives and characters: we make the choices that determine our lives, and who we are. Personally this project means more than just a film for me. I have grown with the film and learnt to take a fresh perspective on different relationships in life.”

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

From the moment we chose the story, it was 14 week of hard work to complete.

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

Absolutely electrifying

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

The time constraint, relative to the amount of people actively working on it.

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

Anna: “It just feels surreal because I never expected people to love it so much, as much as we did.”
Audee (Art Director): “I was squealing, a bit of laughing, and a bit of rolling on the floor.”
Gil (Producer/Original Story): “I was so happy and giggly. It was so cool to see how they loved our story and picked up on our various artistic intentions.”

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

Gil: “When originally writing the story in the middle of lockdown, I knew I wanted to experiment with influences of German expressionism and classic science fiction stories, as I loved the strong visuals and knew they had the potential to be both engaging and really fun to make. Wanting to divert from the overused trope of the white male scientist and his assistant/Igor, the story naturally evolved to be around our two lovely protagonists (Mary and Shelley) who are queer women of science (at times were it was not wildly accepted), and equal partners, with strong actions and motivations. We all quickly fell in love with our characters, and enjoyed building the world around them with the juxtaposition and relationship of heavy machinery and femininity.”

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

Anna and Audee: Slipping in Time, haha. We watched it countless times on the editing floor.
Gil: Probably The Princess Bride wins for me, I watched it so, so many times.

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

It’s trustworthy, professional, and convenient. It’s a little difficult though to sort through the multitudes of possible festivals.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Anna: I eat eggs 24/7
Audee: (whispers) everythinnnggg
Gil: Ice cream 🙂

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

At the moment we’re all pursuing our careers all around the world. We would love to work with each-other again someday in the future, and we already have a few ideas for stories we want to tell.

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