Interview with Filmmaker Cyrill Durigon (Vexoh – A Memory Capsule)

“Vexoh – A Memory Capsule” played to rave reviews at the November 2021 EXPERIMENTAL Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The genesis of this project come from last winter. As a lot of us experienced the past year being stuck at home is not that easy. The idea was to create a short narrative to explore a visual concept and nostalgic emotion that can bring a sort of peace of mind. That’s where the idea of a capsule comes from. A positive memory. that become some sort of a fantasy. That you can just play mind in your mind like if it was an old tape. That is how the idea is born of an experimental music video that focuses on the idea of nostalgia.

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

I was working on it evenings and on weekends.
After my full-time job. it took me around 6month to complete.
I had to learn a lot technically and I restart the project quite a few times.

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

Sweet Nostalgia

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

I think the biggest obstacle was myself.
I always wanted to make it longer to have more and more things.
I developed a passion for contemporary dance, I wanted to create more complex animations. and having a longer film.
On top of it, as it is a full CGI film, the technical approach was very challenging.
So I have to restrain myself if not I would have never completed it.
I decided to have a limited framework in order to be able to finish. Wish was also a good approach to help develop a visual language.

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

That was amazing! As all festivals happen online this year, I never saw any real reaction. Except for some comment here and there. But seeing someone formulating a complete critic and opinion about something I created really encourage me to continue and create more and more.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I feel I always wanted to do so. I am passionate about cinematography and animation in general.
Which lead me to work in the motion graphics industry. We are a lot in that case, if not most of us.
I believe that there are not enough creatives, and technicians that are usually working in production, that take time to create their own stories.
So basically, I wanted to tell stories with the language that I know, 3D, fashion, motion graphics, typography, and sound design in order to compose not simply a visual concept, but an emotional experience.

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

Hmmm, that’s hard to tell!
Recently I have seen this movie called ” Titane ” by Julia Ducourneau. A movie that won the Palm D’or at Canne this year.
It is a very intense film! It really mark me, the mise en scene, photography, the atmosphere everything hooked me up.
So I went to the theatre two times in the same weeks to be able to see it again and bring each time differents friends to it 😀
(lil warning for anybody sensitive to violence this movie has so violent scene. But I swear it really really worth watching.)
Clearly movie of the year for me.

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

So far, it was one of my favorite festivals. being able to see people’s reactions while managing to create an online festival it’s amazing.
I wish I could have connected more with other filmmakers. So perhaps something that could bring all creators together and help them to connect.

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

Very good. I really love that everything is centralized.
That makes life easier when you want to find the right festival to show your film!

10. What is your favorite meal?

haha! Maybe cliché, and not really a meal.
But I think I have an addiction to French pastry. 🥐

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

With this first film, I begin to develop my interest in digital fashion and music video.
And I will continue to develop my visual language through a new project of that kind.
I am planning to collaborate with a friend here in Toronto, named Arice, CGI artist like me.
But everything is in the early phase for now.
So follow us and perhaps in next year you will see some nice projects coming up!

By matthewtoffolo

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

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