Interview with Artist/Producer Nathan Witte (LOVELY)

LOVELY was the winner of BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the November 2021 EXPERIMENTAL, DANCE, MUSIC Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

My style of Spoken word and hip-hop is unconventional and I knew just releasing this song without a video it might lose some of its meaning. I also thoroughly enjoy the film making process and music and really love marrying the two together. Everyone that was apart of this video added their own paintbrush to the digital canvas that you see today and that’s one of my most adored pleasures, creating a live painting, so to speak.

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

The song took about a year to create and put together with my producer and once we finished it the visual world started to flood my imagination and I knew it had to be presented in a video format. Asking Yared G to come back and work on our second music video was a must and he brought his A game. Once I asked Yared to be apart of it it took us 6-8 months to conceptualize, choreograph, shoot and edit it all together to be ready for festivals.

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

Self Worth

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

Unfortunately the biggest obstacle was our colourist. Yared and I had a vision of a style of black n white and our colorist couldn’t get it quite right and thus pushed our completion date past its date by 3 months. The film could have been completed in less than 5 months if it wasn’t for that.

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

Scary. I’m a type of person that loves to create something and leave it for the world to interpret and determine its meaning. I find if I put my perspective on it that it can take away from the audiences view points. So waiting to watch how people experienced the film is nerve racking as it could go totally in a direction that I may not have intended but after watching the reactions I felt relieved that there was something for them to take away from it and make their assertions on its meaning. I also got teary-eyed as it’s still surreal for me to have people viewing my artwork in this capacity.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I’m also an actor and about 3-4 years in to my career as an actor I realized I was impatient and didn’t wish to wait around for someone else to tell me I am good enough to be in their projects and thus the only way to be in more projects was to start creating my own. So I started writing and producing films with my friends in the city. I also had the moving making bug in me my whole life, as I was making home videos with scripts before I was even double digits.

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

This depends on the genre: Disney – The Lion King / Horror-Sci-fi – 28 Days Later / Martial Arts – Raid 2 & John Wick 2 … just to name a few

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 think having a physical element of an award helps, like a plague or a “trophy”, these types of things always do great when looking to pitch new ideas to new companies or countries. I know that getting a VISA for the states to work having physical awards goes a long way.

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

I really like FilmFreeway, the platform makes it super user friendly. I can find the festivals I want, they’re all in one place, I get notifications, etc. I really enjoy the website.

10. What is your favorite meal?

I think it would have to be east Indian food. I love eating with my hands and they’re vegetarian dishes I think trump everyone else in the world.

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

Yared and I are currently working on a short film that is a proof of concept for a feature script we’re looking to get funding for. Yared and I wish to take our skills to the next level and we’re doing what we can to get there while we still have our youth šŸ˜‰

By matthewtoffolo

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

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