Earlier this year, Film Production grad Karl Kimmel was featured in a VFS In Focus magazine cover story, wherein he shared some behind-the-scenes experiences from working on his final project, A Noble Cause.
The film has just received glowing recognition at this year’s YoungCuts Film Festival in Montreal. On behalf of his stellar team, Karl picked up the MyFilmmaker.com Award for Best Canadian Film, and received nominations for the Tribute Magazine Award for Best Director and the Oasis HD Grand Prix Award for Best Film.
Karl shared his reaction to the high acclaim and his pragmatic perspective on how a young filmmaker can put his skills to good use and get a career moving in the right direction.
How does it feel to be recognized for your student work?
Karl: Getting your film shown to as many people as possible and getting recognition of your work… I’m pretty sure that’s the goal of everyone who makes shorts. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying or crazy. We all know they won’t make any money, so it’s all about showing people what you and your crew are capable of.
In terms of A Noble Cause, that was always the top priority. I really wanted people to see that the cast, crew and I were capable of making something that felt professional in a student environment. I couldn’t be any happier with the way it turned out, but what I didn’t bank on was just how HARD it is to actually get your movie into festivals – at least ones that are somewhat known and show quality films.
After getting that same old cookie cutter rejection email from almost every festival I submitted to, I really started feeling disappointed. So, to all of a sudden get selected into the Young Cuts Film Festival in Montreal, and then on top of that win Best Canadian Film along with being nominated for Best Director and Best Overall Film, was pretty crazy and a big surprise. It was also kind of a relief to have someone finally recognize what an awesome job everyone did on the film. The quality of films being shown at the festival, especially considering that it’s only for filmmakers under 25, was really impressive as well.
The competition is definitely stiff out there, and I’m proud that my team and I managed to nab an award in this competition. But at the same time I really hope there’s more to come, because everyone involved really deserves it.
What are you working on now?
Karl: Right now I’m in the process of getting a production company started up. We’ll be aiming to do all the typical things you would expect of small startup media companies these days: filming weddings, corporate videos, web commercials, music videos, short films, etc… A big focus will be on weddings once we get going because that’s really where all the money is right now. Although I’m already in talks with a real up-and-coming local band to do a music video for them that we can hopefully shop around to MuchMusic, etc…
Aside from that I’ve just been working in Vancouver’s indie film industry as either a grip or part of the camera team. I’ve also been involved in event videography as that tends to pay a bit better. For example I worked for an East Indian wedding video company most of the summer which really helped keep me financially afloat. Though now that the high season for weddings is over I’m going to have to start looking for other kinds of work.
I’m also currently in the process of writing a new short, which is a pretty big deal for me because I find it very hard to get motivated enough to start writing. The idea has to really stand out for me and be something that I really, really want to do, and at the same time be feasible enough to make it actually happen, or else I just can’t be bothered enough to get it started let alone finished.
The big goal for me though will always be making a feature film. That’s where the real credibility comes from. And I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I’m determined to make it ‘sooner’ rather than ‘later’.
Congrats to you and your team, Karl!