SEMANTIC ERROR, 4min., UK, Fashion
Directed by Hazel Dong
Semantic error is a sci-fi fashion film based around gender and cyborg discourse, the film tells the story of a robot 'Tenet' who is mistakenly made to be another gender, and in the process unfolds reflections on the boundaries involved in bodies, gender, identity and society. The film attempts to blur binary boundaries.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
When I was in college, I had the opportunity to watch the animated film "Ghost in the Shell." I was deeply fascinated by its futuristic cybernetic philosophy, and it has influenced my creative works, which often revolve around this kind of philosophy.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
This is my master project for school. I began conceptualizing the script from the start of the course, and it took approximately two months from the initial draft to the final version. However, I have been planning this theme for two years, and during that time, I would occasionally jot down some inspirations.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
There are many areas to spend money, but I have a limited budget. Therefore, I must strive to maximize cost-effectiveness to the best of my abilities.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I was pleasantly surprised to get some good feedback, and a little shy.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to engage in some. still photography. However, I found myself more interested in dynamic storytelling compared to static narratives.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I feel great, and I am honored to be able to participate.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
I am not very familiar with these platforms, just submitted.
10. What is your favorite meal?
11. What is next for you? A new film?
Yes, I am in the process of planning a new script and I hope and look forward. to collaborating with some brands.