Interview with Filmmaker/Animator Alec Iselin (THE IMAGE OF THE FOX)

THE IMAGE OF THE FOX was the winner of BEST ANIMATION at the Feedback Animation Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

As a commercial artist my favorite kind of work is when I get to employ more abstract animation techniques. Abstract animation is my favorite and is the most fulfilling for me creatively speaking. But it always feels somewhat secondary because it is in service of a commercial brand logo. I wanted to make an abstract film that was very intimate and allowed for a more personal expression

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

It took me about almost a full year to create this film

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

Unconscious Flow

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

The biggest obstacle I faced in completing this film was keeping myself accountable to the end goal. Over the past decade I have attempted several ambitious film projects. And every time I’ve always failed to complete the project, or at best I salvaged it into a series of stills or something like that. The problem is that I want to work on my own terms with complete creative freedom to explore whatever aspect of the process is interesting to me. But working that way, it’s easy to wander so much that you forget or don’t care what you originally wanted to create. One of the things that helped me overcome that problem for this film was stepping away from the computer and writing out the feelings and thoughts I wanted to express with the film.

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

I’m just so happy that I got to show the film to this audience and that everyone seemed to really appreciate the animation techniques for what they are. Many of the responses expressed difficulty describing exactly what they were seeing but referred to it as mesmerizing. I am very happy the film has this kind of mesmerizing effect.

Watch the Audience Feedback:

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

I realized I wanted to make films when I was in the 7th grade. There wasn’t anything that particularly inspired me beyond the typical action movie media of the American Midwest. It was more like it just clicked in my brain one day, and I knew I wanted to make films.

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

The film I have seen the most is The Lion King. (original)

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 would love to be able to go to an in-person event and share this experience with other filmmakers and enthusiasts in the same theater. Hopefully that is in the future.

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

FilmFreeway is an excellent tool. I remember when I was in school we had to use Withoutabox. And it was not nearly as all-encompassing as FilmFreeway.

10. What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is a New York style bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.

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

I hope to begin working on another film at some point this year. I would like it to be another work of personal self expression. But perhaps focusing on some of the more positive emotions I feel.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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