Q&A: ReelOzInd! Best Young Filmmaker winner Ryan Sebastian

Posted on November 5, 2018

Unbalanced Corner, Unfinished Book (Sudut Tak Sama Dalam Buku yang Tak Terbaca). Credit: Ryan Sebastian.

Ryan Sebastian is producer, director and screenwriter of Unbalanced Corner, Unfinished Book (Sudut Tak Sama Dalam Buku yang Tak Terbaca), winner of Best Young Filmmaker (aged 13-18 years). Ryan’s film is about the ongoing struggle to right gender imbalances in our everyday lives.

What got you interested in making short films?

I am interested in making short films because I’m convinced that through film I can talk about my anxieties, I think about films are a bit like god, where we must speak with honesty.

Saya tertarik membuat film pendek karna saya yakin bahwa dengan film saya bisa menceritakan apa yang menjadi keresahan saya, saya menganggap bahwa film itu adalah tuhan, yang dimana kita harus bisa berbicara jujur.

Tell us about Unbalanced Corner, Unfinished Book. What was your inspiration for the film?

There is no specific or particular inspiration for the film as such, but I believe that equality of the sexes is very important.

Inspirasi film ini sebenarnya tidak ada tapi saya sadar bahwa kesetaraan itu sangat penting.

Where was the film made? How many people made up the cast and crew? How long did it take to shoot and how long was post-production? Why did you decide to shoot in black & white?

The film was made in Jakarta with only two cast and two crew members. Everything took 3 to 4 days to complete. I decided to shoot in black & white for technical reasons, because the lighting was inconsistent. I think it was a good one.

Film ini dibuat di Jakarta, kru film ini hanya dua orang, proses pembuatan untuk semuanya hanya 3 – 4 hari. Mengambil B&W adalah keputusan yang baik menurut saya karna situasi cahaya yang tidak konsisten.

How do you think Australian audiences will respond to your film?

I think they will feel it flows and carries them away because there are no cuts during the five minutes.

Menurut saya mereka akan merasa terbawa dan mengalir karna selama 5 menit tidak ada cut yang diberikan.

For more information and to view this year’s films visit reelozind.com.