Ryan Andrews

Ryan Andrews is a director and writer, known for Hiraeth (2020), Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter (2012) and Little Munchkin (2011).

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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?

The world we built in Hiraeth is not too dissimilar to our own. In that world I think it’s more about the choices you make as a person than the world it’s self. As for a one way ticket, I’d join Barbarella in the Tau Ceti planetary system for sum camp 60’s antics.

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

Early life Akira’s Shotaro Kaneda, but these days more Old Man Logan.

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?Certainly, if it intelligent or fun and well realised why the hell not.

Certainly, if it intelligent or fun and well realized why the hell not.

In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?

The Predator and Neytiri (Avatar). They would rip the court up. Let’s go Chewbacca (Star War) Trinity (Matrix) dream team.

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?

There are no bad ideas, all ideas are the spark a conversation with Stephen (writer) who makes them into great ideas. Pretty much my current process.

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’m part of the right here right now community.

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?

Analog for sure. Hiraeth was shot on 16mm film and all the effect were either in camera, organic fluid work or made to look like models. I think this makes a real connect between our subject matter being very human and our approach being very tactile and reminiscent.

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’s all about functionality within Hiraeth. How would this work in our world. But for each different world I create I will always a-sign different rules for that world. It’s normally story and theme lead. What do the surroundings tell us about the character, how do they communicate theme and propel narrative. I collect my visual references form Artists, film makers and architecture both narwal and man made. I spend a lot of time in galleries and at the cinema.

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. Neither. Utopian. Pre Apocalypse, so over post apocalypse. Also, I haven’t read much sci-fi writers work, I’m into Ryu Murakami and David Foster Wallace. That’s where my limited dyslexic reading time goes.