Tigrane Minassian: The most challenging part is the writing process
Nice, South of France, 1978. On Christmas Eve, Annie receives a phone call from her daughter that left her years earlier to join a cult. With the help of the police, Annie has only a few minutes to find out where she is and save her from a mass suicide…
What are the most formidable challenges inherent to the profession of filmmaking?
I would say that everything is a challenge! But I think the hardest one lies in the writing process. This is where the essence of your film finds its roots, and a writer has to surmount self-doubt and narrative issues. It’s a treacherous, painful sea to navigate through.
Could you elaborate on the wellspring of your creative inspiration for this particular short film?
Could you elucidate on the central thematic underpinning of your film?
How do you navigate the task of strategizing cost-effective promotional efforts when operating within a constrained budget?
In today's dynamic marketplace, how pivotal do you consider the role of film distribution?
For individuals contemplating the path of self-distribution, what counsel or insights can you offer?
In your estimation, what level of significance do short films hold for aspiring filmmakers seeking to embark on a career in directing?
If the feature film is the playground with the older kids, the short film is the sandbox. It’s where you try things out, where you hone your skills as a director. They are crucial because they sort of allow error, which in no doubt will happen. Short films are great to learn the cinematic language.
Reflecting on your professional journey thus far, could you share an instance of the most formidable challenge you encountered and how you surmounted it?
I’d say the biggest challenge was patience! After shooting a bunch of amateur films as a teen, I spent roughly ten years trying to set up a first professional short film. But I trust fate: I was not meant to make that film before.
What, in your view, are the critical factors that contribute to the creation of a cinematic masterpiece?
If you could revisit the inception of your career, are there any aspects or decisions you would choose to alter in hindsight?