Posted January 14, 2013 by Mike in Exclusive

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Daniel Lazo


You may be thinking Daniel Lazo who, but if you’ve caught up with our Short of the Week, you’ll have seen the name. Daniel Lazo is part of the two graduates from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem who created “Sight”. Although new to the whole world, I don’t feel that this is the last of Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz, so we caught up with Daniel to ask him a few questions about their amazing short film.

What made you decide to shoot this short?

Well, Bezalel is an academy for art and design, but we chose to do a short film simply because Eran loves shooting and directing, and I love making motion graphics.

Where did the idea come from?

I was pretty much locked on making a film about the future of AR from the get go, then Eran came along and we developed a narrative so that the film wouldn’t be a simple boring future showcase ad.

What inspired you?

There isn’t a clear source. We’re both sci-fi fans and we’ve seen many many movies. Black Mirror obviously had made it’s impression on us, but the ‘world’ of Sight was pretty much conceived by us trying to think about what kind of interactions/situations this technology would allow and make as standard. So it rolled on from there.

Did you have to change anything of your ideas because of time or money?

There were quite a few ideas and narrative paths that we excluded from the short because of time and financial limitations. Hopefully, they will be implemented in the future as we are now setting things in motion toward making a feature film out of ‘Sight’.


What was the easiest and hardest things from the shoot that you didn’t think would pose a problem?

I think the whole date Scene was the most tasking (in Post terms) that’s why it’s the first thing we worked on right after finishing the shooting (which took about 3 days in total). Before finishing the motion graphics for the date scene we didn’t even know if we could pull this film off, let alone finish it on time. But after about 2-3 weeks of no sleep, the date scene interface and animations were finished, and at that point we knew that we could complete it.

Is shooting something needing a lot of visuals harder because you have to create them in post production?

Technically, you have to have Post in mind when shooting such a motion-graphics intensive film. Most of the time we tried shooting with tracking points and relatively steady camera motion, but more often than not we simply had to made do with the shots we had and improvise so that the AR would look convincing.

Why not a feature, why the idea of a short?

We are graphic designers by training. Film making is simply our passion. Most students make something like a commercial, or a company branding, or a magazine as their graduation projects. Making a full movie wasn’t even an option for us.

Have you got an idea for your next project? And will you work together or alone?

We will probably work on a full feature of Sight. Eran and I have excellent work dynamic so we will definitely continue working together.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to shoot their first short?

Don’t try to cater to anyone but yourself. Work on something you LOVE.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Haha.. too many to mention… but i grew up in the 80-90′s so all of the classics of that era and pretty much imprinted on me… if i can only name one…. well.. Demolition man!


To watch Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz short, simply click here.