Hello team Justin and the Werloobee, it’s a pleasure to have you with us for this interview. Congratulations on your award at last season of the “Casablanca Film Factory Awards”.
Q: Your new movie is “Justin and the Werloobee”; in a few words, what is it about?
A: Fantasy film about a bullied boy’s selflessness and kindness toward a creature who is similarly ostracized by his peers.
Q: When did you plan to do this film?
A: Several years ago, Ellen Weisberg received royalties for a leukemia drug she helped to develop. Part of this money was earmarked for the production of JUSTIN AND THE WERLOOBEE. The film is based on a story called FRUIT OF THE VINE, which was written by Ellen and her husband, Ken, and originally published in the literary journal, PKA’s Advocate. It had always been a dream of Ellen’s and Ken’s to produce an animated version of this anti-bullying story to raise social awareness.
Q: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
A: Ellen and Ken wrote the story, FRUIT OF THE VINE, and published it in a literary journal. They joined forces with John Vo, of Lonely Lane Productions, to produce a 3D animated version of the story called JUSTIN AND THE WERLOOBEE.
Q: What can you tell us about your film work prior to this film?
A: JUSTIN AND THE WERLOOBEE is our first film. We have produced educational videos for our YouTube channel, using basic editing programs.
Q: Can you explain or tell us some of the important elements of this film that makes it interesting?
A: Based on the story, FRUIT OF THE VINE (first published in the literary journal, PKA’s Advocate). In JUSTIN AND THE WERLOOBEE, we meet Justin, a sensitive, introspective boy whose physical features and personality make him a convenient target for many of his cruel peers. One night, he wakes to find himself on a mysterious island, which is inhabited by a horde of bizarre creatures. Despite his desperation to find out where he is and, more importantly, how to get home, he becomes involved in the plight of Irvino, a beast who is ostracized on this island much in the way that Justin is in his own world. The story ends with a twist as Justin, in helping Irvino, ends up helping himself by making a lifelong friend out of Irvino. JUSTIN AND THE WERLOOBEE is unique from other stories in the fantasy genre in that it is meant not only for the grade school-aged fantasy enthusiast, but also for anyone interested in the topic of bullies, and how altruistic qualities can develop in children.
Q: How big was your team and what were the cameras that you used?
A: John Vo of Lonely Lane Productions has a team that did all of the film production, including outsourcing the animation.
Q: Directors (and indeed actors) who inspire you and what are your favourite movies?
A: Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg.
Q: Where can people see your work?
A: We have JUSTIN AND THE WERLOOBEE as an unlisted YouTube video on our YouTube channel. Another 3D animation, based on one of our published works, called FULL MOON, is currently in production and there are teasers of it on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8rCr0oplbDL4Ik-uhGxdjg
Q: What are your future projects?
A: FULL MOON, a Halloween story about sisterly love and compassion. Based on the published book, FULL MOON, by Ellen Weisberg and Ken Yoffe.
Q: Thank you for this very inspiring interview. Here at the “Casablanca Film Factory Awards” we look forward to seeing and appreciating your new film productions!
A: Thank you very much! It was our pleasure!
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