From ESCAC we interviewed Pol Aguilera Anguera, a finalist in the Kaiku Christmas competition.
You will find our participation in this link so we hope you will click on the title of the video below and give us your likes.
How would you describe yourself?
If it is a question of how I would describe myself, I could say that I am simply a person who is eager to live whatever life throws at me. I love learning about anything, each one has its own challenge and that’s what fascinates me. Now I’m starting to study filmmaking, and the truth is that I’m fulfilling one of my dreams. I love telling stories, enjoying them and seeing how people (sometimes) enjoy them.
What made you decide to make the short film?
The truth is that this short film came out of class practice. We were asked to develop an idea from the beginning of a sentence (“A character wants to eat, but…”).
The Christmas holidays were approaching, and as I’m a fan of Christmas parties, I really wanted to shoot something in that style. I decided to tell the story of a boy who wants to eat and can’t because his whole family is not yet seated at the table.
From there, together with my film crew, we prepared everything that was needed and went to shoot. It was a long day, but I think we were all very happy with the day.
As I said, this short film was not a short film strictly intended for the “Kaiku” company competition, and it was a two and a half minute version. So, when we saw the opportunity to present it, we decided to make a shorter version, 1 minute, so that it would be adapted to the competition rules.
Tell us about the theme of the competition?
This year, the theme of the Kaiku competition was “anti-Christmas”. We were asked for short films of a maximum of 1 minute under the slogan “Christmas without sugar”, and from this point on, it was up to your imagination to set the limits.
Who makes up your team?
In my filming team, we are currently 4 members, each one from different places: Genís Segarra, from Tarrega, as director of photography; Ramon Planes, from Campanet, as a sound designer; Maia Guilera, from Barcelona, in the field of art; and me, from Lleida, as director. We also had the help of Pau Sanz, as the colourist of the image throughout the short film.
The truth is that it’s a great team. They all got very involved in the project and that’s why it turned out so beautifully.
On the other hand, the artistic team is made up of my whole family. As we don’t have a budget for filming, I often get them to help me, and the truth is that things are very easy with them.
How can we help you to promote the short film?
The Kaiku competition itself has 4 prizes: a first, second and third prize, decided by a jury; and the Audience Award, which is decided by “likes” on Youtube.
Therefore, the best promotion for this project is to spread the word and try to get people to like the idea. This way we would get more “likes” and our votes would go up in order to get that prize, the Audience Award.
What would you like to do when you finish your degree?
In the future, I would like to do a lot of things, but above all, as a work and artistic objective, I would love to one day be able to work and make a living from filmmaking. I know it’s quite a complicated world, but I’m going to put all my efforts into trying to achieve it.
But in the short term, what I really want is to learn about cinema, about the people who make it and above all about my colleagues, who have the same desire as me to be filmmakers and develop projects.