We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Jared D. Weiss, Director/Writer/Animator of Transmission. 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.
Transmission is a film about the will to seek new life and opportunities, regardless of the risks that come with it.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
The biggest lesson I learned when making Transmission was that ultimately I can’t make every part of the film myself, and learning to trust others to create the music and sound effects was worth every penny.
The best part of the process was gradually seeing my drawings come to life and further motivating me to finish the film.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
Transmission was the culmination of four years of learning animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In that time I educated myself not only in making animated films, but studying classic horror and science fiction stories and films which have gone on to be a huge influence on myself and my work.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
Despite the film’s otherworldly appearance and design, its story comes from a very real place. And while I’m open to all interpretations of the film, I ultimately want the audience to know that it is very much a human story.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
As more and more people see Transmission, either from festivals or its recent online premiere, I think about what could be next for these characters should I ever revisit them. However, at the moment I’m currently focusing on other stories and projects, both for film and for print.