FILMMAKER Q&A – Leo Crane – Director

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

LC: Nude Triumphant is rooted in the art model experience. It was originally inspired by a blog by Roy Joseph Butler (A London Model) and developed through interviews with a number of models working in the London art scene.

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

LC: Roy wrote his blog in 2013. Shortly afterwards, we set up Figuration, our creative studio, and began to work regularly with many art models through community life drawing events. Over a number of years, we collected their stories and in 2019 successfully applied for funding to turn them into an animation. After a period of development and pre-production, we began production in earnest in March 2020, finishing in June 2020.

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

LC: Giving the story its breathing space and cutting back all the wonderful but peripheral elements.

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

LC: Creating an entirely new production method combining painting from life in watercolour with digital animation techniques. We developed the technical pipeline through experimentation and iteration.

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

LC: Just make films: experiment and if things don’t work, know that what you’ve learnt will make your next film even better.