DIRECTOR OF HINTER-LAND
Christopher, tell us a bit more about yourself. Where does your desire to be a director come from?
What is your background ?
What were your references for Hinter-Land?
Christopher you won an Honourable Mention for Best Fantasy at the RED Movie Awards, what does that mean to you?
An animated film is often a long job how long did you have to make this film?
What animation process did you use?
What was the biggest challenge in this shooting?
We feel the ecological message through your film, can you tell us how this theme affects you?
For me, one of the key themes is that the film is like the natural world (the Hinter-Land) in that we all feel that it speaks to us, yet our various interpretations of this can be quite different. It’s as if we are interpreting “hints” in the natural world, and likewise, the “Hinter-Land” of the film (as in the natural world) is interpreted through the lens of our previous worldview. What the sunflowers represent, etc., is very much going to be interpreted that way – but of course, I, being the creator, know what it was intended to mean, and I hope that there is enough in the film for some to conclude that their interpretation is true.
The leaning towards seeing an ecological message in the film suggests a previous worldview, by which the film was at least partially interpreted. This will likely be a dominant interpretation in the current zeitgeist, but it is not the only possible one.
Thus, the film is built on two Canadian traditions – short segments about nature, and animated film with philosophical aspects – whereby the philosophy is based on what the natural world may “speak.” Therefore, the ideas within my film are related to notions we glean from the natural world, and from there, the worldview or perspective that has the best interpretation, just as the film is best interpreted when considered through a certain perspective.
What is your next project?