MIFS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
The director was walking home slightly fazed after a late night of partying and the clicking sound from the sidewalk spurred him to imagine a battle between the little guys in the streetposts. That was the seed, just a miracle he remembered it when he woke up the next day.
MIFS: How much did the concept change when going to final edit?
It changed quite a bit, partly because we had the ability to try different endings. The animator also got better at animating while he was working on the film so by the time we got to the end we went back and re-did the beginning.
MIFS: Were there any challenges during production?
The only challenge was finding the right frame rate for the on-location photography. We didn't want the film to run at normal speed so we did a few tests and found that 8 fps created the right pacing for our intentions.
MIFS: With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
When the director explained the project to his mother she said he was silly for wasting his time with something so violent and nonsensical. Being able to send her film festival programs from around the world with the film in them is very rewarding.
Hans Montelius won "Best Film" in 2009 for Mannen Med Kulorna and in 2010 for Leka med Dockor, his new film Sidewalk Wars will screen during the Juried selection on Nov 5th at 7pm. Lubar Auditorium, Milwaukee Art Museum.