Interview with Filmmaker/Animator Vladislav Dubkov (CHIMICHANGA DAY)

CHIMICHANGA DAY played to rave reviews at the July 2021 ANIMATION Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I have an idea + I want to animate = I need to do it))) This is a creative formula by which I work)))

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

At the beginning of December I started and on January 30th it was completely ready. That is 2 months for animation drawing, editing and rendering. Yes, rendering of 3D backgrounds of Indypolis also took a lot of time. It turned out so quickly because I liked the idea and worked with enthusiasm.

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

Funny & tasty))))

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

I think that creativity is one big obstacle))) But personally, I like when problems arise, it makes you “turn on the brain”. But if we talk specifically about this animation.

On creation, I realized that without a background, it just wouldn’t work. I’ll be honest, I’m not good at background. Plus, I try to optimize my creativity. Since I do everything alone, drawing characters and background would simply increase the creation time many times over. The only way out was to create a 3D model. As a result, the whole town of Indypolis emerged from the originally conceived “piece of the street”. I modeled this city for about a month. Another problem that came up was combining 2D hand-drawn animation and 3D background, but I quickly learned how to combine them. I think these were the main 2 problems. Everything else was fine.

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

I was glad to receive an email with a link to the video. when I started watching I saw them smiling and I was glad. You have done a great job. Getting feedback is very important in creativity. It is very important for development. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your work. And of course personally to each participant in the video. Your feedback is very important to me.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

As I was finishing the previous animation (Gwen & Gwen. Heavy Fashion), I realized that I wanted to create a sequel and develop this world of cosplay characters. This topic is interesting to me. Films are made about superheroes, spies, agents and others, but why not tell about people who are fans of these heroes.

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

This will probably be a very unexpected answer. But first, I’ll tell you the background. My childhood coincided with VHS tapes. The selection of films was not very large, each film was watched many times. But the viewing champion was … the drum roll … the fantasy film Guyver: The Dark Hero.

Yes, this is an unexpected answer. It’s hard to even remember exactly how many times it was viewed more than 100 times. And you know what I’ll tell you, I recently watched it again))) When you watch this film, you feel that the creators, not having a large budget, tried to make the most of the available resources. I think they did it great! Of course, many years have passed since school days, but this film is definitely definitely number 1 for me. Of course, many years have passed since my school days, but this film will forever remain the number 1 film for me.

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

Platforms like FilmFreeway make the director’s life much easier. This simplifies everything. You can find a suitable festival very quickly and send your film just as quickly. Such platforms definitely help development. I am very glad that FilmFreeway exists.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Joey Tribbiani’s principle. Everything edible, inedible is tasty – season with ketchup))))

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

After “Chimichanga Day” I already created a new animation “Lo Lo Love”. But that’s not all. I am currently working on a new animation. It will be in the same style. A lot of parody, humor, music. This time I want to touch upon the topic of adventure films. And, of course, it will not be very easy, but I set myself the task of making an animation – 12, maximum 20 minutes. It may take a whole year or a little more to implement the plan. But I think it will be very interesting and fun.

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