|VIFF 2016 Interview: THE CAMERAMAN director Connor Gaston
by Jason Whyte
THE CAMERAMAN - At #VIFF16
"VIFF always has strong shorts programs so I expect this year to be no different. Because all the films in the program are Canadian, you get to see a breadth of work being made in the country. Plus there's a good chance the filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A's after." Vancouver Island's own Connor Gaston who is telling you to come see his short film THE CAMERAMAN during the KITH & KIN short film section at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
You were here last year with THE DEVOUT. What were your memories of showing the film here along with the premiere over in Busan?
Unfortunately I had to take off to Busan before THE DEVOUT screened at VIFF, but Korea was an incredible experience. Busan is a massive film festival in Asia and we had three nearly sold out screenings with really involved Q&A's. The audiences were really engaged. Telefilm was kind enough to fly out our lead actors, Charlie Carrick and Ali Liebert, so that was kind of surreal, sipping soju with them on the beaches of Busan after the premiere.
What do you like the most about VIFF and what are you looking forward to this year about showing THE CAMERAMAN to audiences?
I'm always curious to see how people react to the film. This year, I'm mostly excited for the two young lead actors to see the film, and themselves, on the big screen.
The setting of the film is very memorable. Tell me everything about shooting the movie at that gorgeous house on Vancouver Island.
We shot the film in Sooke at a friends' estate. Because of the house's grandeur, it really shaped the family and the overall story. I ended up rewriting the script quite a bit once we locked down the house. We were really lucky to find such a great location. Production designer Joyce Kline was thrilled.
As always, the amazing BC-based cinematographer Dan Carruthers is back with you on this after THE DEVOUT. Tell me about the tech side and the visual design for the film along with your love for 8mm film!
The younger brother in the film always has his Super 8 camera wherever he goes. We shot 16mm on a Bolex to replicate the boy's Super 8. I have never shot film and was super nervous, but Dan was confident. I'm really glad we decided to shoot on actual film because it looks amazing and beautifully contrasts the RED footage.
Where do you want THE CAMERAMAN to show next? It's a movie that pretty much demands the big screen and would work well as a short before a Canadian feature.
Clermont-Ferrand would be amazing. We have a few film festivals coming up that I'm really excited for, but we can't yet announce them.
And finally, what is your favorite short subject film of all time?
That's a tough question. I guess AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK comes to mind. It was one of the first short films that really inspired me early on. I started writing shorts soon after seeing it.
This is one of the many films screening at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival taking place in beautiful Vancouver from September 29th to October 14th. For more information on this film screening times, point your browser to www.viff.org.
Jason Whyte, efilmcritic.com
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