Interview with Kaixin Aethelu Wang (DUCKMAN)

DUCKMAN played to rave reviews at the August 2021 Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Duckman is my friend. One day he told me about his story and I was really impressed. I hadn’t thought about how to make the film or even what to do once the film is finished; I simply began to make the film because I was so fond of Duckman’s life story, and thought his story was worth to be heard by other people.

I was going to film school at the time, and was able to walk through Dundas square everyday. and I saw Duckman drumming on the street many times, and people were recording him with their phones, so I thought: what if I could put Duckman onto the big screen instead of just on the phone screens?

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

It took about 3 months to film everything and to collect archival footage. I spent a month editing the script, and spent half a year editing the full film. The sound editing and mixing took about 3 months.

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

Duck Man.

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

I always felt this film was incomplete and I felt the pressure of spending my whole life documenting Duckman. I didn’t know how to end the film properly at the beginning, and any version I edited seemed to have an abrupt ending. Maybe Duckman film still hasn’t ended yet as Duckman’s life story keeps on moving and he’s continuing bringing more happiness to people.

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

I only showed Duckman to a few close friends and some professors from University before I submitted it to this film festival. My friends and professors were criticizing it a lot so I was a bit disheartened in the end. When I saw the feedback video from this film festival, it brightened my heart because I saw that the audience liked my film
and was inspired by Duckman.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I wanted to make films since I was a teenager. As a teenager, I often had dreams where I was in a sci-fi world, or some absurd dreams where I fought with aliens and monsters. Even when I was around ten years old, whenever my parents took me to vacations, I would use a video recorder to document things, and use an editing software to make traveling videos.

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

I saw X-Men movies the most, it’s nothing related to documentary, and I actually never watched many documentaries. The reason why Duckman is a success is I was never making this film because I wanted to make a movie to impress anyone or win an award in festivals, but I was making it just out of passion, and wanted people to know the amazing story of my friend Duckman.

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

FilmFreeway is really convenient to browse and submit films to festivals, it gives filmmakers more chances to participate in the global festival community, and get to network with filmmakers all over the place.

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

The two successful festival winning films I made are all about music. I had also been compositing music for a long time before going into filmmaking. Recently I decided to continue pursing composition instead, as I feel music has become part of my life. I might not be making new films but hopefully one day audiences will be able to hear the soundtracks I compose for movies.

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