We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Evan Curtis, creator of Snowdysseus. This film will be screening Friday, Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
It’s an odyssey about the vulnerability in feeling Nostalgia for one’s Home. A little bit Kubrick and a little bit Bradbury in terms of story and the use of science fiction to express a personal narrative about memory, family, and growing up.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
Although I am very happy with the night shots in the snow, it was the biggest challenge because the temperature was negative 10 degrees out and of course with stop motion I couldn’t animate with thick winter gloves on, so I nearly got frost bite in my fingers a few times. Best part is it looks beautiful and I can submit the film to festivals.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I speak in the tongue of animation. I draw inspiration from my environment, creating miniature worlds reflective of life experiences. I have a background in live-action filmmaking and have also made traditional hand-drawn and experimental animations.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
It is stop motion animation and does not include any computer animation, digital effects, or compositing. The character is filmed on location in the snow… good old fashioned real glorious snow!
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
Hopefully as many festival screenings as I can get into before debuting the film online. As for me, I currently teach filmmaking and animation in Albuquerque, NM, where I am in the pre-production phase on my next stop motion.