As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers of each highlighted short film, which is part of this ongoing series. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects.
This week, we ask 5 questions to Wes Kim, the director of Profiles in Science, which you can watch right here:1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
I was actually looking at some dirty laundry on my bedroom floor, and for some reason, I started thinking about those time-lapse films of sea stars cruising around on the ocean floor. Somehow, I put the two together.
2. Any challenges or setbacks during the production?
I originally filmed the whole thing in super-8, shooting images I created on my computer screen, but the camera I was using produced a very shaky image, so I ended up digitally recreating almost the entire film. The only original super-8 footage that survived is the stop-motion part where I slide around the room.
3. Any funny stories from the making of this film?
That part where the son’s baseball cap crawls onto his head – that was actually a mistake. I took the hat off earlier in the middle of filming and forgot to put it back on, so we decided to make it part of the story.
4. Where has your film played? Festivals or other places around the world?
Because I was fortunate enough to win the animated short prize at SXSW early on, the film ended up playing at over 30 festivals all over the world, including an actual science-themed film festival in Australia.
5. What’s been going on with you, filmmaking wise since the completion of this short? What are you working on next?
I made my last short film in 2007. Since then, I’ve been in advertising/marketing where I get to do a decent amount of video writing, directing, and production. I also make short videos to support things like my kids’ school and the choir I sing in. I can’t say when I’ll make my next film out of a purely creative impulse, but I can guarantee it will happen at some point.