A Place For Film editor Barbara Ann O’Leary chatted this week with experimental filmmaker Matt Lutz, whose work will screen Saturday at IU Cinema during the 2017 Iris Film Festival.
BOL: You have two films in the 2017 Iris Film Festival: Thunderstorm (0:30) and Western Segment (7:19). Can you share a little about the films and how they were made?
ML: Thunderstorm is a direct animation 16mm film. I painted and scratched directly onto blank film in ways resembling the shapes, colors, and movements of a thunderstorm. The thing about animating this way – especially on small gauge film – is that the images are erratic from one frame to the next, it is impossible to get a smooth transition. Our hands are very imprecise, and direct animation exaggerates this unsteadiness, which I find beautiful. I’m interested in taking common occurrences (such as thunderstorms) and filtering them through this process.