Q&A: Sarah Rackemann, 'One Small Step'

What makes you tick? What keeps you up at night?

Well, I love everything animation. Specifically, the 2D kind! What keeps me up at night? The screaming sounds of the gigantic group of curlews that inhabit the field across from my apartment.

Why films? And why this film?

Films are one of the greatest forms of self expression and have the universal ability to connect with everybody. I think they are pretty great! To be honest, I just wanted to have fun animating something that would make people chuckle for a few minutes.

Did you have a budget? Did you have to pull any wild favours to get it made? Was it your first time?

No budget! Survived off chocolate and Doritos to get this bad boy made. This was our first time animating a short film that was cool enough to show to others! Picture a group of kick-ass girls sitting in a dark computer lab drawing their limbs off and you pretty much have how this film was made.

When your dreams have all come true in five years time, where will we find you and what will you have made?

Hopefully I won’t be giving in to the pressures of being all adult. I’ll be doing what I love - drawing everyday! I’d love it if i could be storyboarding for film and television and building Australia’s animation industry.

What's the best advice you've been given / would give to other independent filmmakers?

You are the only person who can tell your story. Your voice matters and could change people’s lives. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and create what you love.

One small step

One Small Step is one of our official selection films in our upcoming film festival with Vivid Ideas in Sydney on Sunday June 4th. Tickets on sale now via Giant Dwarf. 

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