Felippe Steffens

I’ve been working with animation since 2009 and have participated in the production of feature films, advertisements and especially TV shows. In 2020, I finished my second short-film, “TOM”. I’m currently seeking to develop personal projects as a film director and visual artist.

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Q & A

If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in? Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?

Tom takes place in the real world, inside the International Space Station, and I would do anything to visit there. I also would love to live in a world where the invention grain, from Black Mirror`s episode The Entire History of You really exists.

Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?

I always liked Chewie a lot.

Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence? What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?

Friends for sure. I would definitely support any kind of robot art.

You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?

I never really know when an idea is good or bad, but one that I abandoned was about two brothers in a quest to get vital nutrients from a giant alien poop, sometimes I still think that it could be good.

Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community? Or when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating?

I am not part of a sci-fi community, but I have a great sci-fi partner, my wife. We are always discussing and imagining sci-fi worlds.

Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person? What kind of balance do strike between the two? Is there a disconnect between the technology you make films about and the technology that you make films with?

My work is totally digital, and my life too, I am a very digital person.

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?

It was important to me that the film had the International Space Station as background, and was not a made up spaceship floating in space. I was searching for a contrast between reality and fantasy, and also between a small and tight place, like the station, and a robust character like Tom, living in isolation in the vast space. I researched about the life at the ISS and tried to bring this almost claustrophobic ambiance both in the scenarios and in the way the character interacts with them.

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. Pratical. Dystopia. Post Apocalypse