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I'll See You in Disneyland

A project in Drammen, Norway by Thorkell A. Ottarsson

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I want to send my 3rd feature film to festivals to get the attention of distributors. That costs money. I'm an award winning director.
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Funded: €3,119 of €3,000
Dates: Jun 7th -> Jul 7th (30 days)
Project By: Thorkell A. Ottarsson
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You studied theology. Has that affected your films in any way?

July 7th - via:
This will be the last question I will answer, since there are only 10 hours left of the campaign.   Answer to question 30 (asked by Gunnlaugur A. Jónsson) Let me answer this by going very far back in time. Language probably started with single... (Read More)

In your movie, I notice some very lovely and subtle homages to David Lynch and Andrei Tarkovsky. I think anyone who appreciates those filmmakers will appreciate your film as well. Can you speak a little bit about your very first experience/encounter with

July 6th - via:
Answer to Question 29  There are many homages to directors I love in this film (there are at least two to both Lynch and Tarkovsky). I doubt most people will notice them and that's OK. I put them there for me and the few who do notice such things,... (Read More)

What did you do to prepare for the role of Anya? How do you understand that character, was it hard to sympathise with her and what was the hardest thing to do/act in the film.

July 6th - via:
Answer to Question 28 (A question to Sarah-Stephanie Skjoldevik) Her answer: "To prepare for the role of Anja I had to prepare for two different characters. One which was the “real” Anja living next door and one which is the fragment of his... (Read More)

I watched your film with a professional, award-winning filmmaker, and he was impressed with the story and your overall concept. He wondered if you’d be interested in perhaps some day permitting a ‘remake’ by a more resourceful (as in, much larger budget,

July 5th - via:
Answer to Question 27 Personally I have nothing against remakes. Some of my favorite films are remakes, like The Thing (1982), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Fly (1986), Cape Fear (1991), Nosferatu the Vampyre / Nosferatu: Phantom der... (Read More)

Can you tell us about the inspiration for the main character? I find him fascinatingly contradictory, being an extremely fastidious and tidy car mechanic that has a reprint of Edvard Munch above his bed, juxtaposed against a pop art looking painting and s

July 5th - via:
Answer to Question 27 Well some film watchers notice more things than others. For some this is just a room, for others like you, it says something about a character. So let me answer the latter part of the question: Let's look at this screenshot... (Read More)

We've reached the goal!

July 4th - via:
Thank you everyone who backed this project! This is a huge relieve! This means that I will get the money pledged to the project and anything extra that comes in the next three days. P.s. You will not be charged before 7th of July even thought he goal... (Read More)

Now almost anyone in the developed world has access to equipment to make films that look technically decent and make them instantly available to the whole world. Has that created a scene for low budget feature films and can you name any inspiration from t

July 4th - via:
Answer to Question 26. Having a paper and a pen is not enough to make everyone a writer or a piano to make someone a composer. You also have to have some talent and determination. Yes there are more low budget films out there but, like in any art... (Read More)

You talk about your need to have full control when making your films but what about inputs from others? Have they ever been of benefit or taught you anything? In other words, do you collaborate on set and if so how?

July 3rd - via:
Answer to Question 25 I welcome input from everyone. In fact I encourage it. No matter how small of a role you have in front or behind the camera. The goal is to make the best film possible, not to feed your own ego. If someone has a better idea than... (Read More)

Your films do not belong to any one genre but are rather a mixture of genres. Why do you work this way?

July 2nd - via:
Answer to Question 23  I always run into trouble when I submit my films to festivals. Like you say, they don't fit into any genre at all. I really don't know where I would place I'll See You In Disneyland. It's not really a horror film, drama,... (Read More)

I'll See You In Disneyland has symbols and ideas we have seen in your earlier films, like the egg and the monster-like sculpture in the closet. Is this film a revision of earlier films or are you just using old stuff because it has worked for you before?

July 1st - via:
Answer to Question 23  For some reason the same themes and symbols just keep coming back to me, like the egg. Almost all of my films have someone spying and dream scenes or dream-like scenes, and most of them deal with power, power play, sexuality... (Read More)

Regarding the main character in the film: He obviously has some problems with women. But he is also a racist, and quite a radical one. Do you see it as there is a connection here – that his frustration concerning women is the very source for his radicaliz

June 30th - via:
Answer to Question 22. Most incel's have misogynistic views. I guess it's their way to deal with the rejection. It's easier to blame women than look inwards. Once you start to move into that direction you get introduced to other ideas which are just... (Read More)

How many years of hard work is it to make full-scale film like that – especially when you do so much of it by yourself?

June 29th - via:
Answer to Question 21 (asked by Bergsveinn Birgisson). It takes about half to one year to write the script. I usually send my scripts to people I trust for feedback, often early in the process. Then I investigate the universe and expand it and quite... (Read More)

Is the symbolism home cooked or is there a common understanding what i.e. a bunch of teeth, which are used throughout the film, symbolize? Or is it up to the audience to make some sense of it?

June 28th - via:
Answer to Question 20 Most of the symbolism is not "home cooked" as you call it and when it is - it's usually a new version of an old idea. I think people can enjoy the film without understanding the symbolism. The story is really not complicated.... (Read More)

You play a man on Youtube who leaves a strange and scary message to women on Youtube. How did you prepare for the role?

June 27th - via:
Question 19 to Ragnvald Stokken as an actor in the film. "We had actually finished shooting this film, I had worked as a gaffer and sound recordist on the film and Thorkell (Director) had an idea for an extra scene where he thought I should play a... (Read More)

You are titled as a Gaffer. What is a Gaffer and can you describe the creative process on a low budget film like this one?

June 27th - via:
Question 18 to  Ragnvald Stokken as the Gaffer. Ragnvald Answered: If you look up Gaffer on Wikipedia then you find the following: “In film and television crews, the gaffer or chief lighting technician is the head electrician, responsible for the... (Read More)

You play a mysterious woman at a bar who has a secret agenda. Was it hard to play her? What did you do to prepare for the role? Did you enjoy the process or did it scare you?

June 26th - via:
Question 17 to  Elisabeth Rygh Elisabeth answered: "It was a challenge, in the sense that I had to push my own boundaries and be much more sassy then I normally would feel comfortable with, and is a bit far from what I would do, in any setting. To... (Read More)

What did you do to prepare for the role of Kim? Was it hard to play him? How do you see his relationship to Axel? What was the hardest thing to do (play) in the film?

June 25th - via:
Question 16 to Rasmus Linnestad. Rasmus answered: "I did no major preparations. I just read through the character description and listened to the director’s wish about acting a bit like myself, as “Kim” and I share some of the same attributes.... (Read More)

What guided the process when you choreographed the dances? The women and men have very different styles. Why is that?

June 24th - via:
Question 14 to Eva Victoria Verpe, the dance choreographer.    Eva answered:     "When I choreographed the women's dance, I wanted it to resemble the dance of fairies. I had a very clear vision of Anya being Titania in a midsummertights dream,... (Read More)

What did you do to prepare for the role of Ragnvald? Was it hard to play him? How do you see his relationship to Axel? What was the hardest thing to do (play) in the film?

June 24th - via:
Question 13 to Sigurd Nybø Sigurd answered: "Those are good questions. Generally, I always start my preparations by learning my lines. Firstly, I read through it to get the overall picture. Secondly, I read through it with emphasis on Ragnvald.... (Read More)

How did you prepare for the role of Axel? Was it hard to find him within you and did you play him differently in reality and in his dreams?

June 22nd - via:
Question 12 to Magnus Gudmundsson Magnus answered: "Right before playing AxelI had been reading about how we really react vs how actors react in films, and that there is a difference. My focus was to try to "act" as little as possible, and mainly... (Read More)

Why did the composer write such an untraditional score? At times very surreal and at other times it feels like a tongue in cheek? Whose feelings does the music reflect?

June 21st - via:
Question 11 to Magnus Gudmundsson (as the composer of the score). Magnus answered: "When working with the music I thought a lot about musical cliches in soundtracks, and I tried to either work against cliche when possible, or embrace cliche and take... (Read More)

Another win!

June 20th - via:
I just got the wonderful news that I'll See You in Disneyland got it second win. That's two out of two so far. This is also a monthly film festival. My goal is to send my film to bigger and more prestigious festivals but that costs money. I hate... (Read More)

I would like you to comment on the main symbol in the film, the humongous egg. Do you see it as his his sexual potential, his appeal?

June 20th - via:
Answer to question 10 Symbolism has always fascinated me and the egg is hands down my favorite symbol. I think I remember when I fell in love with symbolism (and the egg). My mother read a story for us about trolls that had an egg (called fjöregg in... (Read More)

Why do most of your films deal with the darker side of humanity and why are they so strange?

June 19th - via:
Answer to question 9 Why do people love crime stories? There is something fascinating about the dark side of humanity. People are usually drawn to stories about good people dealing with the dark nature of the other. I'm however much more interested... (Read More)

Including dream scenes in movies is tricky and there are many in your film. Why dreams?

June 18th - via:
Answer to question 8. I didn't want to make a traditional thriller or horror film about a man harassing women. I did that in my last film and feel I have nothing more to say about the subject at the moment. I wanted to investigate what was happening... (Read More)

Why have you chosen to do everything yourself, even producing the movie?

June 17th - via:
Answer to question 7. There are many reasons for that. Here are the main ones: 1) I find it humiliating to ask for permission to make art. Why should someone else - someone I don't know and does not know me - decide if I can make something I have a... (Read More)

I'll See You In Disneyland won at the Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards.

June 15th - via:
This is a monthly festival which ends in an annual festival each year. I'll See You in Disneyland won as best film this month and is therefore nominated as best film for the whole year. This is a great honor! Congratulations to all involved! I hope... (Read More)

Was it hard to write a script about a man whom most women fear to come across?

June 14th - via:
Answer to question 6 I have always wondered why men deal so badly with rejection from women. Throwing acid in their faces, rapeing, killing... Of course women can also deal badly with rejection but it is not as violent as with men. Why are we like... (Read More)

Do you think it’s common amongst males to be afraid of showing their softer side? That they are afraid of not being masculine enough?

June 13th - via:
Asnwer to question 5  Not as much as before. I just think many men don't know what is expected of them. Should they be soft or strong? Society tells men that they should be soft but women often don't fall for those men. They try to be friends and... (Read More)

Is "I'll See You In Disneyland" a Taxi Driver remake?

June 12th - via:
Still from the film Answer to question No. 4    It's not not really a ramke but it is very much inspired by it. Taxi Driver investigated troubled masculinity after the Vietnam war. The problems men face today are totally different. I wanted to... (Read More)

Is I'll See You In Disneyland a feminist film?

June 11th - via:
Answer to question NO 3 In my mind it is a feminist film but I don't think everyone will see it that way. It deals with one of the reasons why misogynistic views are on the rise in the Western World but I go out of my way not to judge the... (Read More)

What inspired you to make I'll See You In Disneyland?

June 10th - via:
There were mainly 3 things that inspired this film. 1) I'm very concerned about the rise of the Incel culture. Incel stands for involuntary celibate, and consists of a group of men who are sexually frustrated because they can't find women who want... (Read More)

Why did you call the film I'll See You in Disneyland?

June 9th - via:
I'm going to answer questions about the film here.  Screenshot from the film. 1) Why did you call the film I'll See You in Disneyland? The title is taken from Richard Ramirez. He was an American serial killer, rapist, and burglar dubbed the "Night... (Read More)

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