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Take 5 with “Balloon Cat”

We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Michael Cerminara, director and animator of Balloon Cat. This film will be screening Friday, Feb.7 at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at noon.

#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

Balloon Cat is a film about a cat floating through space, tied to balloons. There’s a bit of adventure, a dash of humor, and whole lot of kitty goodness.

#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

The biggest lesson was learning to be okay with rewriting and reboarding the film. Ultimately, it came down to making the best film I possibly could at the time, and the rewrites were a crucial part of this process.

My favorite part about making the film was messing around with some experimental animation effects using inks and scratched film during the first year of production. It was a nice way to sort of play around with materials and processes before rough animation began.

#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

My name is Mike. I studied animation at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. A few years after that, I attended Savannah College of Art and Design to receive my Master of Fine Arts in animation and, subsequently, created Balloon Cat as my thesis film.

I also have a cat, like tacos, and enjoy long walks on the beach.

#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?

As I mentioned, the film was completed for my Master’s program. The program required me to write a thesis paper and create a film to exemplify my research. So, just from reading the film’s title or description, most people wouldn’t think that there’s a 50 page research paper that accompanies it.

#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

Right now, the film has been submitted to more festivals and I hope to see it play in more cities. As for me, I’m in the process of coming up with my next film.

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