Michael Baillon, Random Acts Midlands filmmaker

From Random Acts Midlands, Michael Baillon gives the audience his personal reflection on the story of a dragon named Rawry, through a short animation.

Michael Baillon, Random Acts Midlands filmmaker

What did you have to do to get onto Random Acts/First Acts?

I had an interest in animation.

Where did the idea for your film come from? Did you have it before or after you got involved with Random Acts?

I had a dream about a lush desert and a forest with crystals towering over some canopies. I had this idea before my involvement with Random Acts.

The impossible question: what is your favourite film?

The Croods.

What projects are you working on following this release?

I haven't thought of any yet and neither did I have the opportunity to work on another project.

What does this scheme offer to young people to further their craft?

It provided a platform for people like me.

What do you like most about drawing?

The authenticity of my style of drawing as well as the opportunity to self express.

What activities did you and other filmmakers do to prepare for production?

A lot of work on drawing the images as well as colouring some of them by hand while the other half was done on the computer.

How was the experience for you as an essential first-timer? What was the hardest part?

It was great mainly due to it been thought out and the hardest part was not knowing if it would be good or not.

Will the next generation of filmmakers change the world?

Yes because independent films have sometimes been given the cold shoulder because they were new and different and not thinking a certain way, which is not the case for the next generation of filmmakers.

Tell us more about Rawry - how did he come about?

He was a caiman-headed dragon with the horns of a gazelle with an oddball personality and a surreal sense of humour, alongside his willingness to get through certain obstacles.

Finally, what do you hope will come from people seeing this film? Do you hope more people will understand your perspective on the world?

Yes, because lots of people I know said they loved my short film and will also tell others that people with autism do have a wonderfully, brilliantly, sincerely great imagination.


Bhavesh Jadva

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