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Fabricio Heider

“The institutional corruption led me to the conclusion that
filmmaking had to be independent. The hardest challenge was the research of new solutions to create all the necessary equipment and shoot”.

 

Fabricio Heider

Fabricio Heider

 

INT. LABORATORY – DAY 

FABRICIO Heider (41) is an Argentinian Filmmaker. A very independent one. His short film Soldaten is currently being screened at numerous Film Festivals around the world and will be screened at the Miami Independent Film Festival 2016 Annual Event next June, being a monthly winner. His Filmmaking is characterized by the creative use of self-made technological devices and software solutions. Fabricio is welcoming and polite while he shows us his laboratory.

 

INTERVIEWER

Hi Fabricio. Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your relation with Filmmaking?

 

FABRICIO

Sure! I was 8 years old when I started programming. It was 1982, the first personal computers were appearing. There was no way to save: every time I turned the PC on, I had to start again from the beginning. Growing up I created my first algorithm to transform an image from 2D to 3D and my first interactive stereoscopic game. I shot my first Short, Life’s Law, with a new crew and tech development: it was shown at the Hollywood Academy, but it didn’t achieve much. I improved some self-made technology and finally came to shoot Soldaten, that is now being screened also in IMAX.

 

INTERVIEWER

(nodding)

Soldaten is visually impressive. How long did it take to produce it?

 

FABRICIO

Pre-production took 15 days, the movie was shot in 4 days and post-production was completed after 20 days. 39 days from beginning to end. Only 4 actors and a staff of 3 people were involved.

 

INTERVIEWER

That was fast! Which were the main difficulties of making this film?

 

FABRICIO

In Argentina corruption is deliberate. Import was blocked many years ago. The institutional corruption led me to the conclusion that filmmaking had to be independent. Although it sounds weird, thanks to the import block, I reached the goal of designing a 3D printer that allowed me to create some elements useful to the shooting. A Follow focus wireless, an Electronic Stabilization System and other tech components. The hardest challenge was the research of new solutions to shoot and create all the necessary equipment.

 

While showing us his self-made 3D printer, his Focus and his Red Dragon Camera, Fabricio explains some home-made solutions he had to invent while filming. They involve the use of: a hairdryer, acrylic paint, the glass on the window of his balcony. Very Indie!

 

FABRICIO (CONT’D)

For instance, the sniper scene from Soldaten has been realized thanks to these instruments. The sight from the Mauser k-98 (amazing shot!, Ed.) and other props were 3D printed. Soldaten budget would have been more than six times higher without these solutions.

 

POSTER_Soldaten

Soldaten – Official poster

 

INTERVIEWER

Creative limitation at a pure technological level. Soldaten is not only good looking: the Story is out of the box, well told. It can be described as a ballet of death and pain that genuinely represents the circle of blind violence reproduced by war. How did you come to this Story design?

 

FABRICIO

It was written by Gustavo Esteban Romero, a dear friend. He’s a Professor of Relativistic Astrophysics. He wanted to observe war from a very “relativistic” point of view applied to contents and story structure.

 

INTERVIEWER

This is brilliantly reflected in the film, indeed. Did Soldaten good results make it easier for you to obtain new budget for your next projects?

 

FABRICIO

Not for the moment. For instance, I can’t get any subsidy from the government. After Soldaten I have shot a short movie about gender-based violence, Insane, that is now in consideration at important Festivals (Cannes, for example). But my staff was even smaller than the one of Soldaten. I’m launching a project on Indiegogo: El Vuelo de Nacho. It’s a film about a young boy, victim of bullying, who falls in love. 

 

INTERVIEWER

Good luck with your Indiegogo project! About Film Festivals: are they worth the cost? You are probably investing more money in participating in Film Festivals than in producing your films, thanks to your tech solutions.

 

FABRICIO

I spent slightly more money for Festivals than for producing Soldaten. Festivals are crucial. Even though applying is sometimes more expensive than shooting, winning a Festival is the best way to make yourself known.

 

INTERVIEWER

Thanks for sharing all this experience with us Fabricio. We wish you all the best for your next projects. The Indie Shots is fully supporting you.

 
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FestivalLocationEvent datesDeadline
Miami Independent Film FestivalUSA - Miami, FLJuneEach month
Brooklyn Film FestivalUSA - NYCJune 3-12March 7th
Fantasia International Film FestivalCANADA - MontrealJuly 14 - August 02May 1st
Venice Film Festival - La BiennaleITALY - VeniceAugust 31 - September 10Line-up announced at the end of July
Camden International Film FestivalUSA - Camden, MESeptember 15-18May 27th (Late). July 1st (Extended)
Santa Fe Independent Film FestivalUSA - Santa Fe, NMOctober 19-23July 1st (Late). August 1st (Final)
United Nations Association Film FestivalUSA - San Francisco, CAOctober 20-30May 26th
American Film FestivalPOLAND - WroklawOctober 25-30July 15th
Show me ShortsNEW ZELANDNovemberApril 15th
Black Nights Film FestivalESTONIA - TallinNovember 11-27September 15th
Sundance Film Festival 2017USA - UtahJanuary 19-29 2017Submissions open in June 2016. Deadlines by September 23rd or 26th
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