Hi, my name is Andy Jaksch. I’m a Melbourne Australia based young filmmaker starting my film career at a mature age.
In my late 40’s, after what felt like a lifetime in the construction industry bringing architects and clients creations to reality, I desperately wanted to explore the many story ideas dreamt up over the years and follow my own creative urges. I’m so happy I did. I love this.
After studying photography at an earlier age and being involved in various independent films over the years I decided to take the plunge when I created my first short Thalamos with my long time friend Scotty Robson.
Today is my second film. You will hopefully find that both films show my visual ‘production design’ sense and ‘world building’ abilities. Naturally I’m still finding my way as a director, but it’s become apparent to me that I love open ended, offbeat stories.
I have found to my surprise that one of the most enjoyable aspect of the film making process is simply collaborating with others. Current collaborating projects include a Comedy Sci Fi Series, a proof of concept Sci Fi Short – Feature and an Aussie Western. All with wonderfully talented people.
Can’t wait to see what comes next.
Q & A
If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in?
No thanks. Being unable to escape your own (or someone else’s) personal demons is not a healthy way to live.
Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?
Hanging out with Doc Brown and Marty McFly
Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?
Private Hudson – “maybe you haven’t been keeping up on current events but we just got our asses kicked, pal!”
Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence?
Depends on the humans developing them. There’s only one problem, us!
What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas.
I don’t really believe in the notion of bad ideas. They are all just ideas. Some are the end point that end up in your film. Others are just conduits to those ideas.
Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community?
I guess so, I’m still coming to terms with considering myself as part of the filmmaking community and Sci–Fi is what interests me. It would be nice to feel a part of the Sci-Fi community.
when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating?
Isolating? No. Enjoyable, yes
Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person?
I like the digital world and all it can offer but as previously stated, the problem lies in who control’s the digital world. We are seeing all kinds of centralization of power being facilitated by new technology. This leads me to think we should hold onto what we can of the analog.
When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
Prop and set making / world building is one of my favorite elements. I guess like anything it’s simply a mix of your memories, your aesthetic bias’s, some research for inspiration and what’s actually available to you. I love the process of working through those elements to world build.
Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Practical or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Star wars Philip K Dick Practical They’re the same Pre, we still have a chance.