Interview with Filmmaker Patrick Lysagnt (FLEETING STRUCTURE)

FLEETING STRUCTURE played at the March 2022 SCIENCE & NATURE Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

There are a lot of smart people who haven’t studied math – curious about life and how we got here, and I like to discuss deep issues. Fleeting Structure is an art & design project, documenting our physical connection to Earth. Early in the pandemic I published the book, Morphology of Fleeting Structure, which evolved into the script. With the expertise of cinematographer and editor, M.A. Dellas and the original music accompaniment, I was able to craft this unique film and contribute to the conversation.

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

Two answers: Capturing natural patterns from all seven continents evolved over several decades. Since the book formed the template for the film, I recorded the script and worked in the music and still images with innovative transitions over the course of about one year.

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

Fluid Flow

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

More of an internal confrontation than an obstacle, but it was very challenging to balance objective science with emotionally charged facts about climate change, social injustice and truth in society.

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

It was better than great to see how profoundly Fleeting Structure resonates with the audience. It is so rewarding to know people everywhere get it!

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

Moving images are such a great way to tell stories. I’m an experimenter. I began by playing the music and recording soundtracks for NOVA programs I recorder – for myself. Sound and space escort and emphasize visual story lines while animating spoken messages. I’ve also been fascinated by the ability of film to move through time. Witnessing someone else’s personal situation adds a certain alure.

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

I’ve broken down so many films as a student (16mm, 8mm) to learn optics and technique. I studied a bunch of Noir Classics like Double Indemnity to capture mood. Things happen fast these days. Scenes often stand out beyond an entire film composition.

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’m new to this and lack any broad, experienced perspective. The energy and enthusiasm to help promote filmmakers and the audience feedback video greatly appreciated – especially since covid made it so difficult to even get local feedback.

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

Very smooth. They maintain an up to date account of the entire submission and notification process.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Roasted veggie blue corn enchiladas smothered in green and red chile avec cerveza.

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

Fleeting Structure will be followed by:
Enduring Structure – a documentary/memoir/travelogue/SciArt film.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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