This past Friday I was invited to be a guest on WKNC 88.1 FM to talk about my films, Maiden Flight & Infinite, playing in this years NCSU Student Short Film Showcase. Being my first time on the radio I had no idea what to expect. Accompanied with some of the other filmmakers who also have work in the show, and the professors who put the show together, we talked a little on what it took to make our films and our inspirations for them. It’s always a strange feeling to listen to yourself speak, especially when you know it was on live air! For the record I feel I did alright, but as always I find ways I could of done better.
As a student I am accustomed to having my head in my work. Always thinking of the next assignment I have to finish or the next meeting I have to attend. Whenever an opportunity comes to talk about my past works I always stumble to re-visit the frame of mind I was in when I created the piece. This is something I did very little of as an undergraduate but am slowly getting better at. Since 3D Animation is extremely popular now, in movies, games, and advertising, it can easily feel like your work isn’t too significant if it doesn’t look like the latest game or movie that came out. In spite of that we must remember that there is still an audience who will appreciate it nonetheless. When that audience comes to you with questions you should be ready with answers. In this ongoing race to improve our skills and do something better it is a good practice to pause and reflect on what it is you have done. It helps you to approach your new work with an eye that is more aware of what you are doing, while you do it. It may not be the next big thing but it is still something, and as the artist who made it, if you can not see it for what it is, who will? This is where my mind was while I left the studio. Great way to start the day off! Unfortunately none of this thinking made it on the show so I figured I post it here for you all to see.
If you were not in Raleigh or just didn’t get a chance to hear the broadcast you can listen to it below. While listening try seeing how many times I say “um”, ha ha. I have a lot more respect for radio host now seeing it all in action. If you are in Raleigh and want to see some amazing short films then come check out the 2013 NCSU Student Short Film Showcase. Information for both festivals can be viewed here on NC States Website. After our films play we will talk about what it took to make them and open the floor to Q&A. Come and show your support and eat all the free food too!
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