Interview with Mikyla Emergui
Mikyla Emergui is the creative mind behind Auditory Absurdity. The young Pinelands High student directed, edited and produced this sound and visual masterpiece. Here is what she had to say when we sat down with her:
When did you realise that film was your passion and not just a hobby?
The film world has always fascinated me. I think the passion began growing stronger when I became exposed to various technologies that could allow me to make little clips and movies, like on my phone or on my laptop. Recently I have been far more involved in film as I have been able to use film for school projects and practicals which has opened me to really explore and fall in love with film.
What do you love in a good movie?
Ah, so many things! Before I started making films I would usually only pay attention to acting but now I appreciate cinematography and the technical side of movies a lot more. Music plays a big part in my heart for movies in addition to the visual aspects of a film. I guess any aspect that can evoke emotion or thought in me is one that I can certainly appreciate.
What was the most important lesson you learned about movie making?
To push for the best. I think many people can agree that when I make films I put in numerous hours to get the result I am looking for. I think being persistent and consistent is key in making films. Another important lesson I learnt is to be flexible. Even though it’s frustrating when shots or scenes come out a different way to what you were intending, it’s important to try and work with what you can.
How did you come up with the idea for this film?
I got some inspiration from a video on YouTube that had the similar visual and auditory effect in my film. This, in part with the theme for my art practical, helped me piece together the film. The theme was surrealism and I used this to focus on making a film that played and confused the human senses whilst creating a reality that is so similar yet different to ours.
How long did the filming and editing take place? Longer because the sound and images aren’t matching?
Filming was done over a course of several weeks. My schedule for filming was quite spontaneous and I basically filmed on the spot on random days whenever I had inspiration or saw a good shot for the film. Editing took about 4-6 hours in total, mostly done in one sitting. I had quite an organised way of editing so I knew exactly where each sound for each shot was, so the actual planning and folder arrangement beforehand took longer than the editing. However, editing was probably one of my favourite parts of making this film.
What was the message you tried sending with this film? And do you think the message came across to your audience?
I think I just wanted to give the audience a very different yet intriguing experience. There wasn’t much of a hidden meaning behind it all, although I do think I intentionally made the film ambiguous to evoke different thoughts in people. I definitely think it was successful as most people who have watched it are interested and slightly confused as to what they have just seen.
How did you match the sound with the image? What was the reason that you combined these particular sounds with these particular images?
Haha, that is the power of editing and lots of free time. I had numerous reasons for the sounds I chose for each shot. Some were made for humorous reactions, some for confusion, some were chosen to intentionally make the viewer uncomfortable. All in all, I chose sounds that would contrast or make fun of every day life.
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