Interview with Filmmaker Steve Socki (HALLOWSTIDE)

HALLOWSTIDE played to rave reviews at the September 2018 Under 5 Minute Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Steve Socki: Want to create moving paintings with visual interest.

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

1 year

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

Ebb Flow

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

Compositing thousands of layers in After Effects

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

Fascinating to hear variety of experiences.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

Visual development developed from watercolor sketches of tidepools. Inspiration and spark from poetry of Wallace Stevens. Visual motion from teaching demonstrations I do for my animation mechanics class.

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

Norman McLaren’s “Blinkity Blank”

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

This is the best service, by far. They are the most organized, and offer the best site navigation.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Mozart’s “La ci darem la mano” from “The Marriage of Figaro;” at least, that is the melody most stuck in my head

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

New animation called “Enfold.” Developing visuals from studies of Baroque Masters’ treatment of clothing on figures. Motion tests of cloth blowing in the wind. Poetry of William Carlos Williams.
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Interview with Filmmaker Steve Socki (SPARROW DUET)

Steve Socki’s short film SPARROW DUET 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?

Steve Socki: INSPIRATION FROM PLAYFUL MOVEMENTS IN NATURE, ESPECIALLY IN THE TIMING & CHOREOGRAPHY. REINTERPRETING & EXPERIMENTING THOSE OBSERVATIONS INTO VISUAL THEMES & VARIATIONS.

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

SS: 2 YEARS

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

SS: PLAYFUL MOVEMENT

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

SS: EDITING THE PARTS INTO A COHESIVE PIECE; DISCARDING ELEMENTS I LIKED FOR THE SAKE OF CONTINUITY

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

SS: WONDERFUL INTERPRETATIONS, GREAT INSIGHTS & OBSERVATIONS; VERY UNPREDICTABLE

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

SS: DEVELOPED PASTEL SKETCHES OBSERVING THE RITUALS OF BIRDS. IMAGINED A KIND OF DANCE, BEGINNING WITH A PAS DE DEUX, THEN DEVELOPING INTO GROUPS MOVING – SOMETIMES IN UNISON, SOMETIMES UNPREDICTABLY.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

SS: WORKS BY OSKAR FISCHINGER & NORMAN MCLAREN – I WOULD HAVE TO SAY “HEN HOP” IF I WERE TO PICK ONLY ONE.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

SS: WORKING ON A NEW, NON-NARRATIVE ANIMATED FILM NOW – WORKING TITLE IS “TIDELINES.”

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film: