Filmmakers' Name: Heath Affolter (written/directed/produced by The Affolter Bros.)
Film Title: Soggy Flakes (USA premiere)
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
In a low-carb, sugar-free, gluten-intolerant world, a group of out-of-work breakfast cereal mascots form a support group to lament the golden ages of yesteryear and figure out how to swallow the bitter taste of reality.
What was your motivation to make this film… why this film, and why now?
It began with a newspaper article that claimed Kellogg's sales had dropped so drastically because of our current health food craze that they were investigating other avenues of how to make income, including the option of making dog food. And we couldn't help but think, "What will happen to all those poor cereal mascots? They're going to be out of a job!"
Was there anything strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual about making this film?
Due to the slow-going nature of shooting stop-motion animation, coupled with the fact that we received funding for two different short films at the same time, we were absolutely swamped and our shooting schedule for "Soggy Flakes" was cut down a bit, resulting in 19 straight days of production, most of which were 16-20 hour shooting days. We took turns sleeping underneath the set (which was raised up on tables for ease of access) while the other brother would animate a scene, then switch.
What is your connection to Mississippi? If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter your film into a Mississippi festival?
Our film "Counter Act" played at Crossroads last year, and while we weren't able to attend the festival, we were honoured to play at the festival and will continue to send our films to Crossroads.
Anything else you’d like the audience to know about your film?
We painted a super tiny version of our poster for "Counter Act" and put it on the wall of the diner in "Soggy Flakes."