Hans Montelius talks about his film, Leka Med Dockor

posted Oct 27, 2010, 8:31 AM by MKE Short Film Fest
1.) Where did the idea for the film come from?
Basically, I was trying to see how small I could make a film and still make it interesting. Just like my film at the last year’s festival, The Man with all the Marbles, I’m trying to tell a much larger story in a small setting.
2.)How much did the project change from concept to final edit?
 There were little changes from the time I had the initial idea to the final edit. However, we did cut a scene where Hanna plays out a scene with one of the dolls as her mother.
3.)Where there any challenges during production?
We used the Red camera for this film, and we were still learning how to use it. We had used it previously on The Man with all the Marbles, but it was quite a different challenge to use in indoors dim lighting.
4.) With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
Working with Alexandra Chalupa, the actress, was a joy. And I think the audience reaction has been amazing. I was always afraid that it would be boring to watch one actor in one little confined space for 11 minutes, but she really pulls it off and keeps the audience engaged. It’s a thrill to sit in the middle of a large theater when the short is playing and hearing the audience reaction.
Hans Montelius won "Best Film" last year with Mannen Med Kulorna. His new film, Leka Med Dockor will screen during the juried awards on October 30th. 7PM. Lubar Auditorium, Milwaukee Art Museum.