A look at how a unique guy overcomes bullying in cyber-space
[dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]n an America where everyone has superpowers, Andy, the only kid who doesn’t have one, struggles to escape a group of bullies led by Sofia, who just wants to make Andy’s life more miserable than it already is. But what begins as an ordinary ‘everyday’ beating ends up spiraling out of control, putting our hero in a life-or-death situation where courage, leadership and sacrifice will guide Andy — and Sofia — to discover the true meaning of “being special.”
Interview with Esteban Orozco director of
Tell us a little bit about yourself how you got into film making?
I used to work as a Computer scientist, but my brother (he is the director of the short) asked me to write a movie with him. We wrote our first movie in 2005 and we won a grant from Colombian’s government, so in 2006 we made our first feature in Colombia. It’s called Al Final del Espectro (you can see the trailer here ). It’s a supernatural thriller. Then in 2010, we made another movie called Saluda al Diablo de mi parte. That one was more like a criminal thriller movie. But we always wanted to make a Sci-Fi movie, so that’s why we decided
How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
We started thinking about super powers, but we talked a lot about that, you know, when you hear stories about superpowers, you start having the feeling that people need to have some kind of ability or superpower to be special. That’s when we started thinking about what to be special really means, and then we came up with the idea of having this world where everyone has superpower except for the main character.
Talk us through the process of creating an animation?
We started thinking about the short film back in January (2014), as we used our own money to shoot the short film, we didn’t have to find investors, and because of that we were able to start shooting in a short time. We shoot it back in April.
We shoot the film in a junkyard during three long nights. It wasn’t easy because we needed a lot of water, and the actors were the whole night wet.
The post production process took around 5 months. We did it almost completely in our office.
What challenges did you face?
This short has a lot of practical fx. For example we needed two cranes (one carrying the lights, the other one carrying the car and the water pipes), we needed also stunts. It wasn’t a small production. When the moment we had been waiting for arrived, and the car supposed to fall from the crane, it didn’t fall. We tried, and tried but it never fell. So we had to do it using CGI.
What are your plans moving forward?
We are writing a couple of features, we are using the universe of the short film for one of those, so we hope to go back to this universe we really love in a near future.
Main Genre: Comedies
How long did it take to shoot: 1 day- week Film location (country): Columbia Film location (city): Medellin