Ari Glick is a talented animation director from the USA. She is taking part in our festival with her absolutely amazing short "Wonders of the World". We asked Ari to tell us about her filming experience.
— Tell us a little about your experience? Was it only a film connected or you did/do something else?
— I made this film to complete my degree at Rochester Institute of Technology as my senior thesis. I was the director and animator, and I worked with an editor, Carla Bello, sound director, Gabriel Gottlieb, and voice talent, Brandon Munger.
— What inspired you to make your short film? How did you come up with that idea?
— I've always had a love for animals and nature documentaries. I was inspired by Who Framed Roger Rabbit to combine live action and 2D animation.
—Tell us how it was to produce your film?
— I first had to start by working with my advisor to come up with the plot. Early on, my editor and I location scouted and shot long takes of footage for the live action background. We worked together to storyboard and write the script to create the animatic. Once we had gotten feedback on the animatic, I began the 2D animation while my editor color shifted the footage. Finally, my editor combined the 2D animation, the live action backgrounds, and the sound to make the final film. The production of the film took 9 months from start to finish.
— Were there any funny or memorable moments on the set?
— There were plenty of late nights spent with my editor where the two of us watched silly videos while working. Other than that, I almost fell into a river with the expensive camera which was very funny in hindsight.
— Do you have a dream?
— My dream is to create content for all to enjoy. I just want my art to put a smile on someone's face.
— What is your favorite film(s)?
— My favorite film is "Ratatouille" by Pixar.
— Give advice for those who want to make a film, but don't know from where to start?
— Start with an idea you're passionate about and then put your heart into it. Finding an idea that you love and are motivated to work on is the most important part. Everything else will fall into place, but only you can share your ideas with the world.