Interview with Filmmaker Ariane Smith (THE PECULIAR ADVENTURES OF WILLOW B. STAR)

THE PECULIAR ADVENTURES OF WILLOW B. STAR was the winner of BEST CHARACTERS at the June 2020 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Ariane Smith: I love strong female characters and wanted to create one that was in the Agatha Christie style that I loved reading when I… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Ariane Smith (THE PECULIAR ADVENTURES OF WILLOW B. STAR)

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Interview with Screenwriter Lee Lawson (DOG #9)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about? Lee Lawson: The story of Chuck is about overcoming adversity and the challenges that life throws at you. Chuck himself, has to overcome the fear and doubts brought on by his loss of his sense of smell, and learn that he has other skills and values to bring… Continue reading Interview with Screenwriter Lee Lawson (DOG #9)

Interview with Filmmaker Juha Flilin (DIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING)

DIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING was the winner of BEST VISUAL DESIGN at the July 2019 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Juha Flilin: I wanted to create meaningful and diverse content for the youth. Divine Consultants is not only an adventure with comedy elements, but… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Juha Flilin (DIVINE CONSULTANTS – THE BEGINNING)

Interview with Animation Filmmaker Ina Conradi (CHRYSALIS)

 CHRYSALIS was the winner of BEST ANIMATION at the December 2017 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Ina Conradi: The idea for Chrysalis started in 2014. I have followed up the abstract and surreal structure of my earlier war film Elysian Fields (2013) and continued developing the story… Continue reading Interview with Animation Filmmaker Ina Conradi (CHRYSALIS)

Interview with Filmmaker Michelle Brand (A SMALL VOICE)

Michelle Brand’s short film A SMALL VOICE played to rave reviews at the August 2016 Under 5 minute FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor chatting with her: Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Michelle Brand: The film ‘A Small Voice’ is based on a personal experience of the time when I… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Michelle Brand (A SMALL VOICE)

Interview with Filmmaker Chenxin Yang (SEA OF INK)

Chenxin Yang’s short film SEA OF INK was the winner of BEST FILM at the August 2016 ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival. It’s a two-minute animation about an artist struggling with his creative block and his journey under the sea. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Chenxin Yang: This animation is more like… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Chenxin Yang (SEA OF INK)

Interview with Animator Matt Burniston (The Mega Plush – Winner Best Film January 2016 Film Festival)

I loved it. It was a totally new experience for me. I’ve obviously shown the film to a lot of friends and people I meet, and it is great to see their reaction as they watch the film. But having people who know about film talk about and comment on your work is something very different. The fact that the audience picked up on some of the small details about the characters & story line gives me a renewed devotion to finish up the series.

WILDsound’s 25 Top Animation Movies of the millennium (2000 to present)

To watch Spirited Away feels like a special gift. It is a film of such startling imagination, originality, intelligence, and emotion that I feel inexplicable joy when the opening title card fades in. Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine Animation movies are so much fun to watch as most of them attempt to tell a story that… Continue reading WILDsound’s 25 Top Animation Movies of the millennium (2000 to present)