Remember the name Francisco Sánchez de Cañete, because this talented filmmaker is going places. Based in Berlin, Francisco is an art director and 3D artist who has an incredible passion (and noticeable flair) for making films that make you stop and think.
We first discovered his short film Zombie Flowers a couple of months ago and were immediately hooked on his genius. The short film was a personal project of Sánchez de Cañete’s, inspired by Charles Darwin’s first impressions of carnivorous plants back in 1875.
But Zombie Flowers is just one of many short films Francisco has worked on as an art director and animator, so we asked him a few questions about his career as a filmmaker and what plans he has for the future.
Can you tell us how you got into filmmaking? Did you study film at school, was it a passion you always held?
‘I started doing short films back in 2005, while I was studying fine arts in Sevilla. I was a native painter but I started to be interested in digital media, so my first pieces were shot with a web cam, filming closeups of my paintings and experimenting with weird stuff like filming my action paintings and recycling the shooting for videomappings. (See examples here and here).
‘After my career, I started to play around with 3D software, and finally it became my passion and my way of living’.
What kind of things do you like to make films about?
‘Inspiration comes when I’m working, but the best ideas I have come just before I fall asleep. I don’t have a preferred theme for my films, but I enjoy myself working with the concept of “the impossible” and creating things which are only possible in 3D’.
Tell us more about your film Zombie Flowers. How long did it take to make? What is the inspiration behind it?
‘Zombie Flowers started like six months ago. It’s a non-commercial project and I did it while I was not working on other projects as a freelancer AD. The film narrates the feelings of Charles Darwin when he first saw a carnivorous plant. I think these particular moments are very important and inspiring in life, so I decided to portray those deep feelings in a surreal visual poem’.
What kind of programs do you use while making short films?
‘I mainly work with cinema 4d, Vray and After Effects’.
What are you working on now that you can tell us about?
‘Right now I’m working on a visual media show for the Berlin Fashion Week, but since I signed a confidential sheet I can’t tell more than that’.