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Robin Rippmann

“The weird thing about motion capture is that you have to think in terms of specific actions that you want to record, rather than shots. The framing doesn’t happen until a much later stage”.

A shot from Entomophobia I

A shot from Entomophobia (I)

 

ROBIN Rippmann (20something) is a Swiss Filmmaker. He won the 2015 edition of the European Independent Film Festival in the category Music Video with his work Entomophobia, that can literally scare you off if you don’t like insects. Although his video is pretty creepy, Robin’s manners are polite when we
ask him to explain the hard word behind his production.

 

INTERVIEWER

Hi Robin. How would you describe Entomphobia to people who haven’t seen it?

 

ROBIN

With Entomophobia we tried to visualise the fear of insects and basically creep people out as much as possible. It is a mix of a band performance, archive material and 3D sequences that are reminiscent of X-Ray images.

 

INTERVIEWER

(nodding)

Ok, cool. Well, you did scare us! Which were the reasons behind your choice on embarking on this specific project?

 

ROBIN

I’d always wanted to make a Horror themed music video and this song, centered around the fear of insects, provided the perfect opportunity to do so.

 

INTERVIEWER

How did you draw your choices about the aesthetic of the video? Your use of animation is remarkable.

 

ROBIN

We used motion capture and 3D animation. The weird thing about motion capture is that you have to think in terms of specific actions that you want to record, rather than shots. The framing doesn’t happen until a much later stage. Technology made it possible to create the imagery I had in mind.

 

A frame from Entomophobia

A shot from Entomophobia (II)

 

INTERVIEWER

A great use of technology! Hey, let’s talk about Cinema at a broader level. Which directors inspired you the most? Were they a source of inspiration for this movie?

 

ROBIN

While his work wasn’t necessarily an influence on my music video, I find Darren Aronofsky very inspiring. He has a great way of creating visuals that hint at the overlaying narrative of his films. David Lynch is another great inspiration. He creates a sense of dread with incredible ease.

 

INTERVIEWER

We’d like to know more about the steps that followed your success at the Festival. Are you marketing your film? Did it represent a meaningful step in developing your career in Cinema?

 

ROBIN

Since it is a music video it doesn’t have much of a future beyond screening at festivals, but it has had a good run. It definitely has helped me in my career to get a grasp on how to go about submitting to festivals, which platforms to use, which festivals to submit to and so on. I think it’s very important. A festival is a great opportunity to meet with lots of talented filmmakers and maybe even future collaborators. It also gives filmmakers a chance to interact with the audience and potentially learn something from other films.

 

INTERVIEWER

Oh, that’s true man, long live Indie Festivals! Good luck for your future projects, Robin!

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