Interview with Filmmaker Omar Perineau (BURN IN HEAVEN)

BURN IN HEAVEN was the winner of BEST FASHION Film at the November 2021 Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Observing how fast our fossil fuel society shut down due to the pandemic and the speed with which so many things we took for granted became completely useless.

An inevitable confrontational passage, and the feeling that many important leaders did not want to face the essence of the problem.

This inspired the end key visual of being lost in what had then become an extinct energy field.

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

Way too long. It was very hard to book a model. California had just lifted restrictions but many were not ready to go back to work just yet. It took us two or three months before we found the fantastic Madison Tabeek and could finally proceed with shooting. Editing and post production also took long and painful months, waiting for availabilities and dealing with very limited budget. More than a year altogether for this project.

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

Juicy fashion

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

Facing an edit block. I was stubborn and insisted on having someone else edit, but it was crazy busy during fall 2020 and the editors I wanted to work with were not available.

Months went by. At some point I managed to turn my frustration into energy and could finally dive back in and find the film I wanted to make.

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

I first had a big smile on my face and then laughed out loud.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

When I was about 13, my school launched a video workshop I signed up for and directed a dummy car commercial.

We didn’t have much equipment, absolutely no editing possible except for rewinding the tape in the camera and shooting the take again if needed.

I had someone standing next to the camera mic for live voiceover recording.

The workshop only lasted a year and I went on studying art and literature but by the end of junior high, my mind was set on filmmaking.

I didn’t really think about it, the Idea was just there in my head.

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

Oliver Stone’s ‘Natural Born Killers’, without any doubt. I might have seriously watched it a hundred times.
Films are like music to me. I can watch them over and over again and get carried away every time.

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

The more people get to see them the happier we are. And eventually connecting us with people who want to work together.

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

It’s easy to find the festivals which fit your genre and once you’ve created your project it’s even easier to submit.
I some cases you miss a bit of personal contact but that’s about it.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Sunday brunch. Preferably in a classic 1950’s diner.
Overload of happiness.

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

Working on a commissioned art film right now and writing several shorts.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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