Interview with Filmmaker Marc Saez (FOLLOW THE ARROW)

FOLLOW THE ARROW, 13min., France, Crime/Thriller
Directed by Marc Saez
A man, a Woman, a hunt

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I wanted to make a film about art, passion, sensuality. Also dealing with deceptive appearances, talk about love and its fears. A person who has already experienced love stories with his joys and disappointments would fall in love for example with an artist who has a tortured and strange universe ? I was interested in using all the codes of a thriller, as a painter would use certain shades to induce sensations, and then play with these codes to confuse the viewer. What we see is not necessarily what we think.

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

It was long because I first tried to get help to finance it and they didn’t come. So we waited a bit with Véronique Picciotto and we both self-produced her through the production Les séraphins. On the other hand the film was a real challenge since we shot it in Two Days and One Night, but there was a day when we did the tour of the dial by changing some people of the technique so that they rest.

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


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

The scenes from the beginning of the workshop, the scenes where she falls into the canvas and the love scenes were shot in one day and I had a lot of plans, I was afraid I wouldn’t have time to finish everything. We shot with the RED 1 which was perfect for the interiors but for example the scene where veronica is running at the beginning had to be brighter by the natural lights of the city which were perfect… but the night we shot 2 lamps were broken… it was a bit dark but we did it.

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

It’s always exhilarating to see that you took the audience exactly where you wanted. I really liked the passion with which they talked about it, it meant that the film had touched them, disturbed them, intrigued them. It is the goal of a film to create strong emotions and questions. The goal is reached.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

I am a child who grew up in cities in the northern districts of Marseille, south of france. Coming from a modest family, I quickly immersed myself in universes that could take me out of my reality. I worked at the age of 15 in a radio as an animator in addition to my school career, then I enrolled in the drama conservatory to take play classes. This is where a director called “philippe carrese” came to find his main role in a telefilm. I was chosen and then had the chance to work with him several times as well as with other directors… then as I didn’t had the roles I expected, I started writing to give myself roles, But in the end, I don’t play in any of the two shorts I made. On the other hand I wrote two plays of theater have one in which I played. I don’t like to be compartmentalized. I want to keep my artistic freedom. The cinema allowed me to escape from my suburbs. Directors like Ridley Scott, or the star wars saga took me very far and brought me such strong emotions… It made me want to share strong emotions with my films too.

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

Not one ah ah ah ! . BLADE RUNNER – Back to the future and the one I love is :

El secreto de sus ojos « the secret in their eyes » from Juan José Campanella the film won best foreign film in 2009 at the Oscars… a masterpiece for me.

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 a big question! For my part, maybe to find a way to distribute my films on platforms like amazon or netflix so that they continue their lives in the world.

I am also looking for solid co producers for a fantastic series to bring to the platforms. The feature version of the serie is already written and I started to cut the unit into 8 episodes. 3 are already written.

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


10. What is your favorite meal?

The one I can share with the people I love

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

I am looking for distributors for my two short films, Follow the arrow which won 84 awards in the world and my second: The role of a lifetime which won 172 awards including 59 Best actress awards for Véronique picciotto. I just finished writing my feature which will be in French. An acid comedy in the line of the universe of Cohen brothers or tarentino. There is also this feature which is international and ready and which I cut into episodes to make a serie, so beautiful fights in perspective;-)


By matthewtoffolo

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

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