It can surprise a viewer on which film will leave a lasting impression well after the festival is over. The most intense movie of the whole festival was one with no dialogue just strategically placed sound effects. It’s just one guy attempting to eat a bowl of udon noodles. Something about this bowl of udon noodles messes with time and there is no escape.
Loopy is a really great example that a powerful story does not have to be complicated. It can just be simple. The short showcase nothing but sheer hopelessness. It strips away all the colors, words, and focuses on sound.
Amusing thought: wouldn’t this not make a great torture idea for a character of Doctor Who?
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One of the directors and lone actor of the film, Adam Drew and director James Lewis were kind enough to answer some insight about the project.
What was the inspiration for the movie?
DREW/LEWIS: In a way, the lack of budget was the main inspiration- we set ourselves the challenge of making as exciting a film as possible using as little as possible (one location, one actor, one prop, no dialogue). So we landed on the idea of playing with time to create dramatic tension, inspired by the music-making looping techniques used by Cosmo Sheldrake (among others). As for the udon, that came from a jet-lagged nightmare that James had after arriving in Japan and eating a bowl of noodle soup- having to wade through a world of that wormy texture.
Was just relying on sound effects instead of dialogue due to a technical or aesthetic reason?
The minimalistic aesthetic came of the technical constraints of the low budget, but the resulting absence of speech and reliance on sound effects lent well to the style, so the two went hand in hand. During the writing process, we were concerned that using ‘after effects’ to create drama might make for less of a film- but actually, putting technical craft at the heart seems to have made more of it. Audiences have commented on how engrossing (and gross) the sound world is (created by Antonis Tsoukatos
), and it is key to telling the story.
How long did this film take?
DREW/LEWIS:We only had the studio booked for four hours and managed to complete the filming just in time. We did a couple of test shoots though, which were very useful to the writing process as we experimented with the time techniques.
How many bowls of udon were made?
We got through six bowls of fresh udon (kindly donated by Yo! Sushi
). Adam still has a packet of the dried variety, but he has lost his taste for it.
For filmmaker enthusiast out there, do you have any advice or words of wisdom after Loopy?
DREW/LEWIS: Our advice would be- see limitation as inspiration, keep it simple, try things out, two heads are better than one (if well paired), and just get things made.
What are some future projects that people can look forward to?
James has recently finished working on a BBC documentary and will be directing a fiction short in the spring. Adam has been offered a bursary for a script development course with Screen Arts Studios in 2015, and continues to write lyrics for his musical comedy duo Bounder & Cad.