Sophie Chamoux: “Paranoia during the pandemic”

Child, Sophie Chamoux plunged into the theater. The first actress, she rings and foam boards improvisation while forming the performing arts and classical theater conservatory before stopping. In 2004 she anchored and founded “The Absurd Company” visiting Ionesco’s work. But irresistibly, she feels pushed to the shores of cinema. Comedy, tragedy, absurd farce, curious about everything, Sophie travels happily from one genre to another not only as an actress and director but also as an author. Passionate about directing actors, she uses her experience in front of the camera to express, with other faces, what she wants to say and the social issues she wants to highlight.

What are the most challenging aspects of being a filmmaker?

Make sure that everyone in the team have the same vision of the script, and the same vision of the “why” this movie.

What is your source of inspiration for this short film?

For Knock-Knock: the source of inspiration was paranoia and this feeling of becoming crazy, after a long time of quarantine alone. For Hamartia: was euthanasia and dying with dignity, and also the first year of Covid, and all the fears linked to the virus, and which have affected us all.

Knock-Knock | Poster
Hamartia | Poster
Sophie Chamoux

What is the theme of this film?

Knock-Knock : Paranoia

Hamartia : the Fear and Guilty.

How do you decide on possible ways to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?

Unfortunately, is sending movies to free festival.

How important do you think distribution is in today's marketplace?

Very important.

For those considering self-distribution, what is your advice?

I would say, is to look for festival often, and sharing advices with other directors.

How significant do you think short films are for someone venturing into directing films?

This is a very good exercice.

What was the worst challenge of your career so far? How did you take it over?

I have had only 2 hours and 30 minutes to shoot “Hamartia” in the swimming pool. But everything went fine, because of my wonderful team.

What are the factors to making a good film?

Have the same vision about the script I guess, and working happily with people you appreciate to work with.

Is there anything you would change if you could go back to the beginning?

I don’t think so. Mistakes and fails are useful, to learn from it and progress.

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