Filmmaker’s Name:  Grant Kolton
Film Title:  By the Name of Boston
Film TRT:  2:23
Genre(s):  Comedy, Children’s

In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
My film is about being a kid and the consequences of not listening to your mother.

What inspired you to make this particular film?  
It was originally meant to be a book and I had written it as a short story. I saw it one day while I was animating these little animal loops that I had been posting to Instagram and realized this would make a good animation. I felt I could apply what I had learned from doing so many quick one off animations for social media and put that to work to create a full short. I approached the animation as a result as a collection of individual clips and tackled a portion of the animation each day.

What’s the best experience you had making this film?  What’s the worst?  Why?
My favorite experience of any animation I make is putting together the storyboard/animatic. This is where all the real ideas are born and choices are made. After this comes the more tedious and time consuming step of taking these expressive scribbles and creating something watchable. Also the moment when everything is finished since by that time I am sick of the project and ready for something new due to my impatience.  The worst part of any project is the computer. I hate all the glitches and malfunctions that seem to happen all too often when using Adobe Flash which is my primary tool for animation. It will be a miracle the day I work without a single instance of the program crashing. However having said that, it beats the tediousness and time-consuming nature of working traditionally with pencil on punched paper.

In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made?  The worst?  Why?
I am most captivated by films with strong stories and characters more than anything. But I also love popcorn action fluff especially 80s movies. Since it’s a tough call to say the definitive best, I’d say one of the best films ever made is “Gambit” because of its ingenuity in how differently it told the story and let the characters develop twice over. I also love the movie “After Hours” by Martin Scorsese which takes a very simple story of a guy trying to get home who encounters many bizarre characters and situations. It’s hard to pick the worst movie, there are so many bad ones especially lately.

RE: a short bio… Tell us about your start in filmmaking.  Who are your heroes?  Did you get your start as an actor? A screenwriter? A grip?
I started out more interested in writing and acting/performing in general. When I was 14 I discovered Flash Macromedia (at the time) by going to stick figure animation websites like Stick Death Theatre and got a copy of the software to start messing around in and was hooked immediately. I made animations constantly and by the time I went to college I had already a handful of animated films under my belt. In School I helped my illustration teacher Robert Hunt with a production logo he was doing for a client. After helping him he blogged about it and that got the attention of another illustrator, Michael Gillette who needed help animating a “My Morning Jacket” music video. I stepped in and from there the production company took a liking to me and signed me to a two year deal which is where I continued to produce more music videos.  This was a great way to get started since it put me in a professional creator/director’s seat immediately.

Tell us about your connection to Mississippi.  If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter Crossroads Film Festival?
I didn’t have a connection to Mississippi and have never visited before but am interested in seeing what it’s like. I wanted to submit to Crossroads because of the reputation of the festival that I had heard about in doing research for where to submit.

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