Fans of fantasy are second to none when it comes to expressing their love for the glasses-wizard. Like all successful licenses, it is not uncommon to see a few works flourishadapted or inspired by novels and films. For Harry Potter , this observation applies particularly well since several short and medium-length films have already been produced around the world. We particularly remember the one devoted to the Marauders, the creators of the map that allows Harry to move around Hogwarts while escaping the surveillance of the ruthless Professor Snape.
This time, it is the origins of Voldemort and the birth of Death Eaters that interested enthusiasts at the initiative of House of Gaunt. We met its director Joris Faucon Grimaud.
Where do youcame the idea of making a short film inspired by the universe of Harry Potter?
It was a delirium between friends, at a party and then it became more and more serious. It’s a world that I loved very much from childhood, when I had the chance to discover it in the movies. Starting my career with a short film seemed obvious to me. This film is like a business card for me, even though I made it out of pure passion.
How did you write the screenplay so that it fits as closely as possible to the plot of the books?
I I was based on the book The Half-Blood Prince, which covers Voldemort's past quite a bit. We discover things about his origins, his family, his birth. The goal wasto see him then as an adult as he begins to rally his supporters. In my film, he becomes immortal and begins to create his Horcruxes.
You have chosen to make the film in the English language…
Yes, I could not see myself speaking in French. I found it interesting to export that to the Francophonie. There is a whole fan base that is very tight-knit and creative, and most of them are English speaking.
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How much time was needed to write the and shoot ?
Thomas Rokita wrote it for several months, before re-adapting the even during filming. The narration is never really closed, it must not be blocked. the shooting, there were several sessions over two and a half years. In all, we filmed for twelve days I would say. The most complicated was without a doubt getting the whole team together.nt volunteer. In total, 120 people worked on the project, with 70 extras who came to the set at the Château de Fontainebleau.
Your film was funded by crowdfunding…
Yes, in terms of budget, we are on 60,000 euros just with the campaigns carried out on Ulule and Kiss Kiss Bank Bank. There has always been a certain enthusiasm, it started little by little, but the second call for donation really blew it up. There were a lot of people interested.
And that's What's next for you?
At this time, I have no plans to offer a sequel to House of Gaunt. I'm working on writing my first feature film, which has very dark tones. It's a halfway trailern between Seven and Taxi Driver.
After " having been broadcast in certain theaters in France, The House of Gaunt will be made available online. The goal was obviously to reward participants in the various fundraising campaigns and offer them the opportunity to discover the 30-minute film on the big screen. Then all fans around the world will be able to enjoy it. Go to YouTube September 15.
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