DIRECTED by: Andrew Wood
To comfort a grieving child, you need compassion, understanding; to see the world through their eyes. If you can’t do any that… settle for beer.
What was a unique challenge you faced in making this film?
It was my first time working with VFX which can be really intimidating. Luckily Johnson, our VFX Supervisor is a genius and knows everything. But for me sometimes it was hard to see how all these separate pieces could come together.
Where did the inspiration for this film come from?
Aside from growing up on Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, there’s a great book called The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It was about an adult looking back on his childhood and how he used magic to explain some pretty traumatic events.
Who are your top influences?
I believe movies should be fun, and that doesn’t make them unimportant. I really admire Edgar Wright and Taika Waititi, because their movies never really lose that sense of playfullness.
What do you hope people take away from this film?
There’s nothing wrong with believing in magic, even if that belief is pretty irrational.
What’s your personal takeaway from this production?
That the director is the most unimportant person on set. I was really fortunate to get to work with really talented people both in front and behind camera. A lot of the times I was just in their way, which was cool experience to have.