We had the pleasure of interviewing Julianna Thomas, her film, “Black & White in Color” is playing this year at the Indie Grits festival.
1. What is your connection to the South?
I’ve lived in the South my whole life first in Texas, then North Carolina, and now Atlanta. I don’t like being cold.
2. What was your muse for this film?
1. Being salty about fake black and white digital material. It’s so cheap. I worked in a Wal Mart photo studio for 2 weeks when I was 20. My job was to take Olan Millsstyle portraits and then convert the images to black and white or sepia by pressing a button. People loved it and that totally broke my spirit. One day I didn’t show up and that was that. I’ve never desaturated to 0 ever again.
2. I was getting more and more into working with practical effects and abstract combinations of materials. Instead of relying on slow-motion, I worked with liquids of different densities and concentrated on my dropping technique. I wanted everything in this film to be captured in camera, even the title sequence was recorded instead of made during post production. Everything was an experiment.
3. What was your first film?
I got into making videos late. I thought I was going to be a scientist until I was halfway through undergrad. The first video I ever made was a minidoc about a team of nerds who played four square during lunch at my college. That’s normally an easily-overlooked group of people but they played really intense four square games and it was hard not to notice players go slammed by dodge balls, people cried. I was entranced by the drama. I rewatched it a year ago and it’s a video making abomination.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Filming the ants time-lapse was a fiasco. It was July, 95 degrees, I was covered head to toe to avoid ant bites, and y next door neighbor was sitting on the porch watching me. I poured a ring of cinnamon around my feet because I read that ants don’t like cinnamon. It worked but I felt like I was performing a pagan ritual.
5. If you’ve been to Indie Grits before, what’s your favorite memory?
I haven’t, I’m excited to finally go!