We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Thomas Stellmach, director of Virtuous Virtuell. 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.
In synchronism to the music, abstract ink drawings grow in the interplay of curiosity, timid encounters, dynamic pursuits and confrontation.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
The drawer Maja Oschmann and the animation filmmaker Thomas Stellmach shared the directing for the first time. Initially they have had to learn to combined their different artistic experiences of storytelling and expressive drawings to music. After three months becoming acquainted with each other they developed an emotionally music visualisation three years long.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
Thomas Stellmach (*1965) studied animation at the Kassel Academy of Arts. Amongst many international awards he received the Oscar® for the stop-motion film QUEST in 1997.
Maja Oschmann (*1975) is a drawer, studied at the Kassel Academy of Arts and has focused her analysis on the relationship between drawing and music.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
The overture of the opera THE ALCHEMIST by the early German romanticism composer Louis Spohr (1784-1859) inspired the animation filmmaker Thomas Stellmach (Academy Award Winner 1997) and the artist and drawer Maja Oschmann to a story-like interpretation. Hand crafted ink drawings accompanying the music, play on the threshold between the figurative and nonfigurative, thus allowing for a wide range of associations to form.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
Who knows? ;-)