NEMORISE, 6min., Spain
Directed by Vladi Haivoronski
A scientist tries to put his consciousness into the AI drone.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
Having some fun was the general motivation.
I just wanted to do some sci-fi with a lot of CGI and offered the idea to my friend Marco he was working at that time on some interesting-boring project for Nvidia and was interested in having some real fun (not that sterilized corporative Disney-style fun). I just wrote on a page around 10 ideas for the script. I remember a logline idea for the film called Interpenetration because that's what it was about and later I renamed it to Nemorise. So it was a logical choice to make a script for the interpenetration idea because there is one location and one actor and we didn't have any budget to make something more than we made.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
Initially, we planned to finish it in three months but eventually, it took around 18 months. I wrote a script then we shot everything just in one day at the studio of Ukpik Productions in Valencia. Then the Russian war against Ukraine started. I stopped the postproduction for a long time. But then in the spring of 2023, I came back to the project again. Gathered a small postproduction team that consisted of friends and volunteers and we finished the film.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
As I already told it was war. The Russians motivated by their imperialistic ambitions started their bloody genocide-like war with all the child killings and exterminations of entire Ukranian cities. It felt pointless to do sci-fi because the actual reality broke any fictional concept. Orwell's dystopia 1984 looked like a fairytale for babies compared to the current reality. Just imagine you are a numb creep inside of the matchbox. That condition of absolute hopelessness at first doesn't allow you to create art because current reality just tears it apart.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
When I saw the feedback I understood that those people knew more about the film than me. Maybe this is how it's eventually supposed to be. What I like it's the differences in people's opinions. The same people watch the same stuff but everyone perceives it in their own way. This is the essential thing I love about cinema as a form of art, film is something symbolic that divides opinion making it at the same time diabolic this is how it works.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
When I was a kid I was writing different kinds of stories Santa gave me a camera and from that started that filmmaking obsession.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Probably it's Fight Club or Pulp Fiction. I've seen Pulp Fiction many times and it's always pure catharsis. At the end of the film my eyes wet I hear the lumps of my broken heart crunching somewhere deep inside. When I read Pulp Fiction's script It feels like some spirit took the author's hand and wrote it. Absolute magic.
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
Well, what I want to do is to pitch the script and find investors for my next project any other experiences are just the experiences.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How have your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
It was good. A very good website with an intuitive interface.
10. What is your favorite meal?
I like simple and local things. In Spain, I like bocadillo con Jamon while in Italy I like pizza.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
It's a low-budget feature sci-fi horror. It's called King's Cave. It's about a scientific cave expedition with the goal of researching a source that radiates anomalous energy. Of course, they face the unknown in the cave's darkness it's pure evil or pure gold from the 4th dimension. No one knows because no one can get it. I believe it will be an interesting film that will break your ice and heat your heart.