Interview with Filmmaker Claire Campbell (WINTER’S BLIGHT)

WINTER’S BLIGHT was the winner of BEST VISUAL DESIGN at the April 2020 ANIMATION Feedback Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Claire Campbell: I’d been wanting to make another stop motion film for a few years, because stop motion animation and production design is what I’m really passionate about. Prior… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Claire Campbell (WINTER’S BLIGHT)

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Interview with Filmmaker Claudia M. Ruiz (AILIN ON THE MOON)

AILIN ON THE MOON was the winner of BEST ANIMATION film at the June 2020 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Claudia M. Ruiz: From an experience, it made me think about how in the universe of young children, everything is possible, and the limit of reality and… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Claudia M. Ruiz (AILIN ON THE MOON)

Interview with Filmmaker Petros Niamonitakis (ONE DAY ONE FLY)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Petros Niamonitakis: I think I was suddenly bitten by a fly 2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short? -We worked on this project for about 1 year and a half counting a few breaks… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Petros Niamonitakis (ONE DAY ONE FLY)

Interview with Filmmaker Christina Hibner (UNIFIED THEORY)

UNIFIED THEORY was awarded BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the April 2020 Animation Feedback Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Christina Hibner: This was a student thesis film I created as a final project for graduate school at SVA. I feel there are not enough scientific cartoons that explain how… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Christina Hibner (UNIFIED THEORY)

Interview with Filmmaker Kevin Barwick (SERPENDIPITY)

SERPENDIPITY was awarded BEST CHARACTERS at the April 2020 ANIMATION Feedback Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Kevin Barwick: I was motivated by the fresh take on the well known character of Medusa. With this film it was exciting to explore the boundaries between grounded and fantasy storytelling. 2. From… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Kevin Barwick (SERPENDIPITY)

Interview with Filmmaker Julian Friedrich (01)

01 was the winner of BEST FILM at the June 2018 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Julian Friedrich: “01” is the first film out of the Shortfilm label “Second Truth” in which Artists, film makers, musicians and journalists from all over the world are grappling… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Julian Friedrich (01)

Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)

STAR RUNNER played to rave reviews at the June 2018 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Ran Sheng: I am a big fan of sci-fi novels and films, and I keep thinking about those classical philosophy questions, such as who am I? Where I came from,… Continue reading Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)

Interview with Filmmaker Sarah Gampel (THE BUS TRIP)

THE BUS TRIP was the WINNER of BEST ANIMATION at the May 2018 ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Sarah Gampel: My motivation for making this film came after a trip I did in Israel and Palestine during the spring 2014. I went there to… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Sarah Gampel (THE BUS TRIP)

Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Brian Giovanni (WHEN COMES THE RAIN)

 WHEN COMES THE RAIN played to rave reviews at the May 2018 FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Brian Giovanni: I was taking an online animation class taught by Bill Plympton. The assignment was to produce a short film throughout the class, and this is the… Continue reading Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Brian Giovanni (WHEN COMES THE RAIN)

Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Susan Shulman (PURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES)

 PURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the December 2017 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Susan Painter: I have a love of music especially the blues and it was inspired by the actual musician Jack Dappa from New York City. I heard… Continue reading Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Susan Shulman (PURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES)