Interview with Filmmaker Viktorija Vrublevska (SEPA)

SEPA played to rave reviews at the April 2021 DANCE & MUSIC Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I wanted to do a project that would give me an opportunity to collaborate with dancers and see what it’s like. There was also a will to do something where I wouldn’t be behind the camera, as it usually is the case with my work and passion projects. I think a chance to collaborate with some talented people too gave me an extra kick, as I ended up having a bunch of very skilled individuals on board for this.

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

Hard to say, probably around half a year. The actual production wasn’t that long, however, it took me a while to get myself in a mental space where I was sort of happy with the idea.

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

Windy experiment.

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

We were most nervous about Covid-19 related restrictions really, as we were bringing our choreographer Renee and dancer Tiina from Estonia to Latvia. Luckily we managed to get everyone together in time for the shooting day.

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

It was actually quite funny for me at first, since I never experienced this form of feedback, so I laughed a lot to myself. It was very nice to hear some genuine reactions too, encouraging, if anything, so was definitely a very positive experience altogether.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you know that you wanted to make movies?

Probably the first time watching “Elephant Man” by David Lynch, I think it had a very profound impact on me by simply showing how powerful this medium can be.

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

Even though I rarely see films twice, I’ve recently managed to rewatch some of Miyazaki’s earlier work. Of course something like “Howl’s Moving Castle” is still pulling my heartstrings, I especially love how the perception of it changes as you grow older.

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

This isn’t the first time I’ve used FilmFreeway and I’m really happy that it exists as a platform. It’s very user friendly and gives so many people the opportunity to connect with each other. I’ve definitely benefited from it in the past.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Hard to pick a favourite, I just like the food to be fresh, that’s all.

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

Sure! Hopefully will be able to do some more projects very soon.

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