My Interview With Filmmakers From CN

March 22, 2019

Junior Reporter Katie M. had the chance to interview filmmakers from Cartoon Network when she attended the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival last month. Check out what she discovered below!


2019 Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival: Filmmaker Interviews

By Katie M.

I went to the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in Oakland, and I had the chance to interview filmmakers working on Cartoon Network’s shorts development program.

Interview #1: Maddy Flores and J. Smith, co-creators of Mushroom and the Forest of the World

Image Credit: Katie M.

Q: What got you interested in filmmaking?
MF: I’ve loved to draw since I was little, and so I followed my dreams.
JS: I’ve always loved comics, so that was what got me into cartoons.

Q: Who or what inspired you for Mushroom and the Forest of the World?
MF: It was inspired by my childhood in Germany. I played a lot in the woods.

Q. How did you learn to draw?
MF: I just always was drawing, and I loved doing it.

Q: What colors do you most frequently use in your films?
MF: I like bright colors and purple.
JS: I like green and orange, but Maddy doesn’t like orange, so mostly green.

Q: What TV shows did you watch as a kid?
JS: My favorites were Power Rangers, and shows on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, when it came out.

Q: What do you hope kids will like about the film?
MF: I hope it makes them laugh.
JS: I hope they like all the nature and animals.

 

Interview #2: Lele Silva, creator of The Wonderful Wingits

Image Credit: Katie M.

Q: What got you interested in filmmaking?

LS: I always liked to tell stories. When I was ten, I thought of stories in my head, and I would draw them in my notebook. My teacher would get mad at me, because with my homework, there would be drawings.

Q: Who or what inspired you for The Wonderful Wingits?
LS: My family. My mom was a director in a theater group, and my dad was a clown.

Q: How did you learn to draw?
LS: I learned by myself. I always liked to watch animation, and I would try to copy them.

Q: What colors do you most frequently use in your films?
LS: It depends on the story. If it’s drama, it should be less saturated. The colors depend on the mood of the story. I like yellow.

Q: What TV shows did you watch as a kid?
LS: PowerPuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Gummi Bears.

Q: What do you hope kids will like about the film?
LS: I hope they will like Iris and Tim, the main characters. I want to write more stories about them.

 

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