FILMMAKER Q&A – Carlos Smith Rovira – Director

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

CSR: There is a novel called the “Congress of Futurology” written by Stanislaw Lem where the entire society lived in a collective hallucination caused by hallucinogenic drugs. I like that idea of layers and layers of overlapping reality.

GS: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?

CSR: I had the idea of this project 1998 the following year I started to make the short, but the project was stopped until 2018 when finally I was able to resume it.

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?

CSR: Finding the right rhythm for the story is always a challenge. Time is a very valuable resource in the short film.

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?

CSR: It was very difficult to retake a project that was still for more than 15 years. I had a lot of support from the team that helped me finish the short as Lola Barreto the producer, Diego Guzmán who was the animation director or Alejandro Gomez who made the incredible music for the short.

GS: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?

CSR: Never lose the will. Sometimes our plans lead us to paths that we did not imagine.