Interview with Filmmaker Olivier Hero Dressen (SHE IS SO PERFECT)

SHE IS SO PERFECT was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the July 2022 LA Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

First of all we wanted to say thanks again for giving us this best directing award, we really appreciate that!

Camilla Wang and I are doing a masterclass in a renowned International Fashion school in Shanghai from Milano; “Istituto Marangoni”.

With our students we are doing films related to Fashion; that’s where Camilla had this idea of telling that specific story from a young woman’s perspective in Shanghai.

She wrote the entire story with a little twist for the ending on my side and with the help of our students we produced and put this film together.

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

Probably a month total, it took only one day to shoot and I was directing and doing the cinematography at the same time to move quicker on set.

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

Teenager fantasy.

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

Somehow it took us a while to put the color together, I worked first myself on it in DaVinci Resolve (We own a grading station) then I tried a few other colorists in Shanghai without success.

Finally I found another colorist that did a pass into it and sent me back the files. At the end I did a compilation of our best grades so that’s why we shared a credit on that part.

Our previous film “The Passport” was graded by the same Colorist as Oscar Nominated film “Bullhead” so we didn’t really suffer that same issue for the previous film and I wish this type of scenario would happen all the time.

But since our budget was quite limited on She is So Perfect we had to do it ourselves.

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

It’s always an immense plaisir to see and hear the audience reaction, unlike musiciens, with filmmaking we don’t really have an immediate reaction for our work.

Why your festival is one of my favorites is because you give us, to Independent filmmakers, that opportunity to understand better how our work is perceived.

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

Since I was a kid I have been painting, drawing comics, then later on doing exhibitions with my work, as soon as I started to do animated films I fell in love with the media, since it mixes up everything I like.

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

Hard to say, I watch at least a movie a day, but Back to the future, Memento, Blade Runner, are some of those I like to revisit.

I will also do a quick plug to my Pinterest page dedicated to movies I like, our page is also followed by Netflix by the way.

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

It’s always great to have leads with executives and people that could eventually push our futures projects forward, not sure how that could be implemented into your festival.

But honestly, again, that’s not really the purpose of why we are sending our materials to your festival.

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

Great, honestly close to perfect experience.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Not my perfect meal, but being away from travelling out of China since COVID.

So I do miss a good In and Out Burger in Los Angeles 😉

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

I do seek management and partnership to help us move forward to directing feature films or interesting shows.
I have two close calls with big management in Los Angeles that are involved in a big international franchise, but nothing signed off yet, so I am still looking for that right partnership and hopefully fulfill soon that big dream of mine.

I really do love filmmaking and actually we created a website where we share our film related projects we still have 4 other shorts in work so probably soon close to 7 shorts on this platform.

We also have been working on producing motion graphics content for projects involving Sarah Silverman, David Letterman and other comedians, I can’t really say more about it right now, but I am really looking forward to seeing that project aired sometime soon.

For the rest I am still seeking to do the feature version of The Passport , so I am looking for that perfect writer to co-write with me that project!

Director Biography

Olivier is an award-winning Belgian director and photographer based between Shanghai and Los Angeles.

He combines different techniques, such as photography, drawing, graphic design, and video. His primary focus is character development and storytelling. Olivier’s work includes collaborations as a creative director with significant talents, such as Kobe Bryant and Sophie Marceau, and partnerships with several European and Asian celebrities.

His most recent short film, The Passport, recently received 65 nominations worldwide with eighteen wins; best short drama, best short film, best foreign director, best director, best actor, best thriller, crime thriller, two times best editing, best VFX…

Oliver’s work has received the silver award at Cannes and the Promaxbda bronze award in Los Angeles. Along with his artistic practice, Olivier has collaborated with major brands such as Converse, Nike, Porsche, Elle magazine, and many more.

Those recent years, Olivier also worked as a cinematographer, including his collaboration on The Nightwalk, directed by Adriano Valerio. This film won several awards, including Prix Canal +, and Clermont-Ferrand, and was short-listed for the prestigious César Awards in France.

Olivier is based in Asia but also works overseas.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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