Interview with Filmmaker Mathieu Dumond (TIMELESS DRIFT)

TIMELESS DRIFT was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the November 2021 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I live with my family along the Coppermine River in an outpost and I wanted to showcase the river’s natural beauty and ecological importance (including for people), and its long and rich history. In summer 2014, a friend and I did an amazing adventure up and down the river and I started to ruminate the idea trying to find an angle to present the story.

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

It took about five years from when I pitched the idea and draft production plan to the Nunavut Film Development Corporation to the finished film (Winter 2015- April 2021). Some other projects required my attention and some shots had to be planned over several years to capture the various seasons at a number of locations.

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

Timeless Drift 😁

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

At first, probably working alone with no firm deadline and not much experience on the production side. Some shots were tricky to get too. Things got more focused and moved along faster when I got Andy and Gil on board to help with the story and the editing. When Pam and I worked on finding an Inuit song and I recorded her singing, I could feel the project really coming to life. Then Frank did the narration and I could see the project getting to completion.

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

With the pandemic and without budget, I was unable to attend the festival in person, so, to watch the feedback video was awesome. Also, it was the first time I would hear people not involved with the film comment on it.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Some friends and I made a goofy short film when studying biology at the University (with VHS tapes at the time) and I always had an interest in telling stories through films. I reconnected with it with some footage of some research I was working on in New Brunswick and then with vacation footage with the ease that digital film brought to editing. About 10 years ago, I decided to make the jump to professional photographer and cinematographer. I got involved with projects directed by amazing filmmakers who inspired me and Timeless Drift was my first professional attempt at filmmaking.

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

Hard to pick only one. I am a big fan of the films by Luc Besson. On the non-fictional side, I have been watching Nature documentaries like Jeff Turner’s series for the CBC-Nature of Things and many of the BBC productions.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I discover a lot of this as I go, having shifted career from Wildlife Biologist to Cinematographer/Filmmaker relatively recently. I think the best part of festivals is the connections face to face but the pandemic made it difficult this year.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

It worked great!

10. What is your favorite meal?

Pasta with moose meat or fried Arctic char.

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

I have some cinematography and editing work lined up for a few productions and I am ruminating a few ideas for another film.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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