We catch up with one of the award winning filmmakers from our festival vaults to find out what they have been up to over the last few years. Yaron Bar, the director and animator of 2011’s Best Student Film winning ‘Written In Pencil”
Tell us all about ‘Written In Pencil’ and what made you want to tell this story?
It is a short animated film about a train voyage that goes wrong. The film’s setup just occurred to me while riding the bus to school, and as we live in an age in which terror attacks are common, I just started to think about portraying the last moments in such a ride. Since the film was done in animation, I had the liberty to use characters and locations from a different era, and I just enjoyed this mash up of references and ideas that had in my mind a common core.
What made you get into filmmaking and what do you most love about it?
I got into filmmaking because I thought it is the most interesting thing there is. To create an entire world according to your will, to structure it in such a way that hopefully it can cause someone some enjoyment / wonder / thought.
What have you have been working on since winning ‘Best Student Film’ at the 2011 Wimbledon International Short Film Festival?
I worked on a few proposals but unfortunately none of them got accepted for funding, and so they didn’t develop further. I was working as a video editor and as a web-developer.
And are you working on anything right now?
Last year I went with a friend and filmed for 30 days all over America. We started on the Great River Road – Highway 61 – and went down south, and then crossed America on the famous Route 66 going west. Along the way we had interviews with various people and edited them into a 1 hour documentary, a kind of a document of post-9/11 Americana, between a taxi-driver in Vegas,a black fisherman in the Mississippi, a one eyed prophet in a cheap motel, and so on. I was very happy with the result.
What’s the best bit of advice you could give to a fellow filmmaker?
The best advice I can give is – learn from the best. For me personally the best are Kubrick/ Bergman/ Tarkovsky/ Kieslovski/ Fellini. And also – don’t procrastinate. If you have something you want to do – do it. Don’t wait until the timing is perfect to do it, cause that way it might never get done.
Read about our 2011 winners here.