Interview with Filmmaker Dimitri Luedemann (WANDER)

WANDER was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the January 2022 WILDsound Film

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I had some wild experiments when I was younger that I always reflect upon with great respect and wonder and wanted to experiment remaking it with a visual medium in a silent introspective short.

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

We originally started talking about the idea back in 2016 to maybe do it for a music video and it didn’t pan out but we really liked the idea so it just stuck in the back of our minds. We visited LA in 2018 and checked out some desert areas near the US/Mexico border. We started looking for the twins in January and decided to cast Donovan and Andrew whom were also our neighbors for the role after a casting session and we were finally able to shoot it the first week of March right before we went into lockdown. After the shoot it took us about 6 months to finish all the post production, editing and vfx on our own which probably kept us sane during the initial part of the pandemic.

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

A Psychedelic Experience

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

As any independent film makers its always hard finding the time, the money the tools so sometimes things take way longer than expected to make as I came up with the idea back in 2016 and only got to finish it late 2020 so learning to be patient is key and that might be the biggest take away from this piece. Stick with it, and keep chipping away at it, slowly but surely, so don’t give up and get it done.

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

This was such a wonderful gift. The pandemic has really stripped away the final part of the making a film experience which is to see and hear what people think and what they took away from what we produced so to us it was really important and super cool to hear the feedback and what people thought. Wonderful idea and this was the first festival that I’ve heard of doing that, so thank you for connecting us to the audience. We super appreciated it.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

Probably in my teenage years. I watched a ridiculous amount of music videos on mtv and always wanted to do that, but didn’t know where to start, or what that was since it was pre-internet days so unless you lived somewhere where people worked in film or had family that worked in film it was hard to have a clear set goal. Ended up going to art school for motion design and that helped me figure things out on my own, and learn more about adjacent fields related to media and moving images, like cinematography and directing so I’ve been learning a lot about all roles and adding them to my skill set over time.

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

I probably wore out the VHS on Independence Day. I remember my aunt brought us a copy from the US to Brazil for xmas one year and 9 year old me could recite all the lines from that. So not a favorite but I’ve probably watched that movie way too much. Welcome to earf!

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

Under this current paradigm of people watching remotely from home any kind of interaction and forums or feedback would be incredibly valuable like the feedback video you made for us was fantastic and definitely lit our fire again.

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

They really streamlined the experience and made it easy to find and submit our work to festivals so super thankful for them and the work that they do.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Can’t pick one so I’ll go with tacos/brazilian bbq/korean bbq ๐Ÿ™‚

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

As most Brazilians we’re oddly superstitious about sharing things before they are said and done, but once it’s done we can’t wait to share with you all ๐Ÿ™‚


By matthewtoffolo

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

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