Interview with Josué Jaramillo, Director, Tatián (la casa en el árbol) by Steffie Kinglake
t21: What inspired you to make Tatián?
JJ: I was inspired by my father who died when he was quite young.
t21: What was the biggest obstacle making it?
JJ: At first it was just college work without really thinking about the budget, which for a student is always little. I think one of the biggest obstacles was finding a committed, responsible team who were passionate about making animation. To do stop motion you need a lot of time and patience…
t21: Favorite or most unexpected response to the film?
JJ: Silence and tears.
t21: What do you want viewers to take away from the film?
JJ: Love for a father who is no longer here.
t21: Can you share with us a bit about the process of creating the characters?
JJ: The main character is based on me, but I have studied the son of a friend who I really appreciate. The name “Tatian” is after him, as his is Sebastian and for short we call him Tatian. For the development of the father figure, I studied the pictures of my father and mother. But I have to confess that there was not much time to create a personality. But his hair was an achievement - looks great.
t21: Has the film been used in school or educational settings?
JJ: At some schools in my city it has been shown to students.
t21: What are some of the earliest memories you have of being in a garden or in open fields?
JJ: Ummm, yes, I have a particular one. My father had a fairly large coffee plantation. I rode on horseback with my mother and sister. I was once with my father on the horse, and my mother was with my sister. She cried because she wanted to be on my father’s horse, and the solution was to mount all three on the horse – my sister, my father and me. The horse drank water from a well and followed the course. I was not even three-years-old, but the few memories I have of my father are treasures that I keep in my memory and heart.
t21: If I was not a filmmaker, I would be a _____?
JJ: Star painter, carpenter, crazy doctor, I do not know …
t21: The biggest global problem today?
JJ: Distance and traffic in Bogota.
t21: Last song that was stuck in your head?
JJ: “”Where is My Mind” by The Pixies.
t21: Last book you read?
JJ: The Catcher in Rye, by J. D. Salinger
t21: Boat, train or plane?
JJ: Depends on the destination. But I want a boat to go to an island to rest from work.
t21: Last meal you made?
JJ: Spaghetti with chorizo.
t21: Latest obsession?
t21: Source of inspiration?
t21: Personal motto?
JJ: I want to change the world.
t21: Whom would you love to work with?
JJ: Tim Burton, Michael Gondry, Leonardo da Vinci.
t21: Ten-year goal?
JJ: Change the world or at least the one closest to me.
t21: Your next or current project?
JJ: I don’t have the name completely determined, but it will almost definitely be called Alejandro. It is a stop motion on the environment and how to change the world.
t21: Your question for Telegraph21?
JJ: If you have thought about changing the world, how would you do it?
t21: I think about it every day. There are many ways to go about it, but I think implementing conflict resolution and peace-building workshops in schools for children of all ages all around the world is one way. Ensuring better distribution of resources so those most in need can eat, drink water, have a home, and access to health care and education. Stop of depletion of the rain forest and pollution of the water sources world wide, stop the manufacturing of nuclear weapons . . . my list could go on and on.