FILMMAKER Q&A – Birds of a Feather – Richie Valentino – Director, Animator, Creator and Editor

OR: What was the inspiration for your film?

RV: Seeing animals, birds and nature competing every day for survival and a piece of the city to make their own which was the film’s initial inspiration.

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

RV: So, with that in mind and the notion of sharing what we all have instead of fighting and being selfish for one little spec, the creative ideas for Birds of a Feather where born. I shared the ideas for the film for at least 6 months before it’s storyboard even hit pen on paper..

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

RV: The most challenging was the collaboration with Scott Robson who added his amazing water colour pallet to the film. Scoot lived in Tasmania and I Melbourne so all our ideas and communication was on line and phone. We would discuss scenes and Scott would send water colour ideas through. As I also treat all my films as a piece of artwork many of the scenes’ final look come to fruition in their active moment, making it a little tricky for Scott to perfect the final look. As a result, Scott would create painted scenes following the storyboards and I would filter through them to create the perfect balanced combination of his artwork and the creatures with in it.

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

RV: Time as always. Birds of a Feather took almost 2 years to bring to life.

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

RV: Don’t let anyone tell you “It can’t be done.” Anything and everything is possible. Just believe.