What happens when sharks disappear?
Interview with Writer/Director/Producer Lily Williams
Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
Thank you! I made FINconceivable to highlight the importance sharks play in our ocean ecosystems and the world at large in a way that is easily accessible for all ages.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
Sharks are Apex Predators and they need our help. 100 million sharks are killed every year. Overfishing has sharks being hunted in a way that is truly unsustainable. Environments unravel without their Apex Predators and our world relies on the health of our ocean ecosystems.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
FINconceivable focuses on our oceans and world's environmental health by examining the trophic cascade in relation to sharks and overfishing.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?
I maintained the central themes and end goal but went through major revisions along the way, focusing on specific wording that would drive themes home and be relatable to children while inspiring adults.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
I have enjoyed that FINconceivable has been loved by people from all over the world! From Hong Kong to Scotland and Hawaii to Zimbabwe, this film has helped open the eyes and inspire people of all ages. That has been overall the best I could have hoped for!
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
The feedback has been really great overall!
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
I hope more people can be introduced to protecting sharks and maybe see sharks with a new perspective! I always hope to inspire people to help save sharks!
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
Right now FINconceivable has a home on my website for all to view and I don't have any bigger plans at the moment. I am still entering film festivals when they come up, but not actively pursuing anything.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
I hope that people will find saving sharks more approachable, that it inspires people to do further reading into ocean conservation, and make sustainable ocean changes at home.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
What can you do in your every day life to help save sharks? There are tons of ways from the makeup you wear, to the food you eat! But it starts with a few simple changes at home.
Would you like to add anything else?
Thank you for taking the time to watch my film, FINconceivable! I hope it inspires you to help sharks and spread the word.
What are the key creatives developing or working on now?
I am working as a children's book author and artist. My first book, If Sharks Disappeared, explores the trophic cascade in relation to sharks disappearing from the ocean. Published by Roaring Brook Press, If Sharks Disappeared hits bookshelves June 13th, 2017! http://us.macmillan.com/ifsharksdisappeared/lilywilliams
Interview: March 2017
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What happens when sharks disappear?
Length: 4 minutes and 18 seconds
Director: Lily Williams
Producer: Lily Williams
Writer: Lily Williams
About the writer, director and producer:
Lily Williams is an illustrator, author, and storyteller who seeks to inspire change through education. Her work covers many topics, from the trophic cascade in the award-winning animated documentary short film FINconceivable and picture book If Sharks Disappeared (Roaring Brook Press, 2017), to menstruation in the webcomic The Mean Magenta. Lily believes in the power of making information fun, educational, and accessible for all audiences.
Lily grew up in Northern California where she graduated with high distinction from California College of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Animation. She spent time working in feature film animation in Los Angeles before diving into freelance full time.
When she isn’t creating, Lily can be found dreaming about the smell of cold winter air, listening for the sound of airplanes on a rainy day, playing with her rescue rabbits (Owen and Oliver), and perfecting her waffle recipe.
She lives in Oakland, California.
Key cast: Annaluna Giacich (narrator)
Looking for (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists): Nope.
Funders: Self funded student film.
Made in association with: California College of the Arts (Student Film)
Where can I see it in the next month? Online at lilywilliamsart.com