Interview with Filmmaker/Animator Koji Yamamura (POLAR BEARS BOREDOM)

POLAR BEARS BOREDOM played to rave reviews at the October 2021 ANIMATION Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

This film is inspired by the Japanese picture scroll in the 12 to 13rd century: Bird and Beast Character Caricature.
I wanted to draw the chubby round shape of the marine mammalians.

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

It took around 5 months.

Animation part was finished in almost one month, but music development took 4 month.

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

Marine Mammalians
(Is this one word?, if you need I add “Word play)

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

Using short rhyming words in both English and Japanese at the same means, the work is continuous for seven minutes with no interruptions.

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

I was very pleased with the positive feedback from everyone.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

A couple of years ago, I was planning a children’s book featuring marine mammals, which was based on an idea I had.

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

“Tale of tales” by Yuriy Norshteyn.

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

The number of film festivals is increasing year by year, and the interface is easier to use.

I used to use 4-5 sites together, but now FilmFreeway and Short film depot are enough.

9. What is your favorite meal?

I like Japanese food. Especially if there is rice, soy sauce and seaweed.

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

I finished my first feature animation film, “Dozens of Norths” this year.

I also started to develop new short and feature films.

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