Interviews

JIRI BALCAR

I am a student filmmaker from Lynn University in Boca Raton. I am originally from the Czech Republic. I am studying film for 5 years now and really fell in love with action and stunts in particular in film. However I strive to become a better filmmaker in all aspects going forward. I think I would have a lot of stories to tell about my experiences as a student filmmaker, from working with actors at a non-professional level. Safety with stunts, getting permits and other important things other students would be really interested to hear.


Hi Jiri, nice to meet you and thanks for granting us this interview.


How was born your passion for the world of cinema?

I was always a big fan of movies growing up in my teens. I spent most of my free weekend evenings in the movie theater, going to see the newest released films. In my junior year in high school, I transfered to a new school, which offered film classes, which I took as viewed it as easy and fun. I quickly learned that film isn’t easy at all, but it was way more fun then I could have ever imagined. 

What was your first movie?

The first short film that I made in high school was a very bad horror short and I don’t even have it any more. However I remember every single shot and value to see how much I have improved.

What is, for you, the main difficulties to make an independent sci-fi short film?

As a student it is tough to find reliable people to work with as actors and as crew. This is why organization is very key, so that you are able to work in people that you would usually avoid. But in film, every extra hand that will help you is always welcome.

What advice would you give an aspiring filmmaker?

Keep shooting things that you want to make. Listen to as many critiques as possible to get a personal view on what you want to work on. You have to care about other people’s opinions because others are who we make movies for.¬†

Tell us about The Only One In Time.

This was an idea that I had in my head for over two years, which I kept working on as time went on. I was inspired by the 2006 movie Deja Vu, however the movie disappointed me in the end when it ignored the “rules” set before earlier in the film. I wanted to create a movie where even if a character had the ability to time travel, how would they cope with it when they wouldn’t be able to do anything. It is a very grounded and realistic message to send in a Sci-Fi film, which I personally also viewed as very important, so I wanted to take time to tell it. The Only One In Time was made as a student project for my directing a narrative class. The classes at the college that I go to, Lynn University, are inconveniently still in a covid schedule, meaning that they are only 4 weeks. It was very difficult to make sure everything was shot in time.¬†

What are the main ingredients to create a good Sci-Fi movie?

At the level of a student filmmaker with a limited budget, it is important to have a Sci-Fi film be carried primarily by the concept, rather than some massive scenes. In total, there are 6 visual effects shots in this short film and the rest includes equipment that can be found in the real world, so the important science fiction aspects of the film have to be delivered through wrighting primarily. Another aspect that really halped was creating the right atmosphere with the lightning, color grade and the music, all of these can transport the viewer into the films reality, making it feel like something more than what is possible in the real world.

What are your future projects?

I am currently writing another film that I had in my mind for a while, having an ensemble of high school students, who accidentally kill their friend and different members of the friend group are debating over what to do with the body. I am also a massive fan of action films, so I want to find a space to create  creative stunt choreography.

Any final thoughts at the end of this interview?

I hope that all filmmakers are out shooting their dream projects and thriving to become the best at their craft.


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