We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Chris Boniello, creator of “Walking Inland.” This film will be screening Saturday, Feb.8 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
We spend hours reminiscing about past days. With this project I explored these ideas using a process based method of film-making. VHS + 16mm
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
The biggest lesson I learned was that film itself can be used as a material. It can change the viewers perception of how an image interacts with the medium it is formed upon. I also learned that my memories of childhood moments weren’t quite as accurate as I remembered. The best part of getting my film made were the reactions I received when people saw the final version. I felt that I accomplished my goal, and my processed-based filmmaking took a large step forward.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I fell in love with movie-making when I first figured out how to use my dad’s old VHS camera. I tried to make stop motion films with Godzilla toys - which never looked good. Then onto skateboard videos with friends. After making a short documentary in high school I decided I wanted to continue filmmaking as a career. I studied Cinema & Photography at Ithaca College in New York. I made a lot of terrible student films and a few good ones. Being in film school introduced me to film as a material. I continued to experiment with that idea on my personal projects. I spent the next few years as an assistant editor in Brooklyn and making shorts on the side. I recently went on an adventure to San Francisco and I’m not sure where the future will take me.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
I was on a deadline to make a film and I broke my leg. So I decided to throw out the script I had been working on, and start painting some 16mm film. While I was recovering from surgery, I found some VHS tapes and wondered what effect could be created by mixing these completely different aesthetics in one short film.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
Hopefully tons of fun and many more films. I continue to write scripts with my friends and edit commercials to pay the rent. I’m hope this film makes people look differently at film as a material. I’m currently painting some 35mm film and the results are beautiful!