Interview with Filmmaker Julie Goldstein (ETHEREAL SHIFT)

ETHEREAL SHIFT was the winner of BEST ANIMATION at the Experimental, Dance, Music Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The process of generating “Ethereal Shift” was an organic one, akin to improvisation. Sections were animated in stages. After each session, the clips were assembled in a rough cut and more content was generated. Eventually, sound was integrated and a sense of cohesion was formed to clarify the “story”.

Experimental animation has the capacity to facilitate a real time conversation with the medium being animated. Ideas are ‘captured’ or ‘recorded’ spontaneously within the frames. This approach provides an organic sense of fluidity that is difficult to capture through a more traditional, storyboarded approach to animation.
While making the film, I was dealing with concern for loved one’s well being, the pain of separation, a feeling of being ‘ghosted’ and being immersed in the unknown. These feelings were then captured through the creative process and are at the core of the films gestation.

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

The components stem from sculptural work done in the 90’s and the evolution of the stop motion and compositing components were completed in 2021.

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

Transformative struggle

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

Finding the time to work while teaching and being the coordinator of our department during the pandemic while also suffering the loss of a love.

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

Grateful for the surprise and support! Also that someone thought it was produced by a team when it was just me!

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

It started with inspiration from sculpture and philosophy and thenI went to graduate school to study filmmaking in order to capture the process of creation.

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

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wider)

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

Networking with other filmmakers.

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

FilmFreeway has become a very convenient hub for submitting work to a range of venues as well as maintaining an online profile of projects. I have been working with film since the late 90’s and remember having to package up vhs preview screeners and mailing them to festivals found in trade publications!

10. What is your favorite meal?


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

Yes! I just completed a short titled “Boxcar Wizards” based on the writings of Kevin Burroughs and am experimenting with immersive and AR formats as well.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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