If you head over to the official website for A Town Called Panic, you can check out an interview with filmmakers Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar. We've posted a bit of the interview below.
As co-directors, how do you go about deciding which of your four hands will do what?
Vincent Patar: It's hard to say. When we're absorbed in making a film, it's difficult to step back and analyze precisely who did what. Obviously, we complement each other. If Stéphane brings a lot to the script then maybe I'll step up and arrange things a little more in front of the camera, for the more hands-on "directing" portion of a given project. We talk all the time, we're constantly bouncing ideas off each other and somehow a finished project emerges. It's like a permanent game of high-energy ping pong.
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In A Town Called Panic the characters and the objects around them aren't all on the same scale. That's not something you see all that often in movies!
Stéphane Aubier: There are two reasons for the discrepancy in sizes. First of all, we happen to think it's funny! And second of all, we wanted to be as spontaneous as possible without having to pay strict attention to perspective and proportions. For example, when the characters go into the house, the building looks tiny, but once they're inside, it's spacious. We like the fact that the characters are a mix of different sizes—it's more interesting for us than having to respect the rules that reproduce a strict sense of reality.
It's as if you're determined to avoid a look that's too "slick" and smooth.
S.A.: Well, for the episodes in the TV series, it was also due to a lack of time—we had to crank them out. But, yes, it's also an aesthetic choice—we like the slightly rough look, even though we put much more time and attention to detail into the feature film.
V.P.: To make sure the result would look good on the big screen, we had to refine our approach and pay special attention to the lighting. That said, we stayed spontaneous in the actual animating and in the way we go about telling the story. Everything has to look natural and effortless, despite the fact that achieving the appearance of spontaneity via stop-motion animation is incredibly painstaking and time-consuming work.
Your sense of humor is way out there on the edge of absurdity, with strong hints of the kind of nonsense that's a British speciality.
S.A.: Not long ago I saw the earliest episodes of the TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus. Those guys were incredibly inventive. They'd take ideas that were actually quite simple but brilliant and I love the tone they bring to the results. That said, we've never thought of them as a direct inspiration. Our series has been compared to the atmosphere typical of Jacques Tati or Buster Keaton. But we demand the right to claim our own unique realms where everything has its own logic and the psychological motivations are as unpredictable, personal and wacky as can be.
To read the whole interview, head over to the official movie website.
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A Town Called Panic was directed by Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier. It features the voices of Philippe Kauffmann, Vincent Tavier, and Arlette Zylberberg.
The film hits limited theaters today.