There is one rule if you want your art to touch people: Make it personal. And Katarzyna Kwaśniewska’s Kaleidopscope Eyes is personal through and through.
Katarzyna + our regular 6 questions =
If of all your superpowers you could only keep one - which one would it be?
Some say speaking Polish is quite a superpower - so many consonants, a nightmare to learn, oh no! But if I can keep only one, then it would be the ability to learn quickly. I tend to soak up information decently and I don't know how I would cope without it (but I hope that this time, it comes with better memory for faces and places in a buy one get one free package...)
When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
Filmmaking connects the dots between two things I'm deeply passionate about - writing and visual storytelling. It gives me a chance to communicate with images and words in a way that is the closest that the humans have ever got to reproducing the state of dreaming. And there's no better feeling than when somebody who engaged with your work tells you it did something for them - brought a realisation or a change of heart, showed them something new, made them felt seen, allowed them to live a different life for a few minutes, whatever it is, it's precious. This is what drives everything I make - and it makes you forget your own obstacles for a few minutes!
Why this film?
Kaleidoscope Eyes was born out of a short story I've written as a student. I forgot about it for quite a while, I found it while browsing my hard drive, I thought it had the visual potential to be turned into a film, and concluded that animation could reflect the dreamy nature of the story. I've long dreamed of making my own film and finally decided to use my existing skills to tell this story and learn from the process. I've completed the film in September 2019, which also is the 6th anniversary of my move to London. I love this city that welcomed me with open arms, taught me so much and gave me so many experiences of my adult life (I don't know anything about adult life without it - I moved here from Poland when I was 19...), and the short is a love letter to this beloved place I started sprouting roots in. And it's a tribute to daydreamers, or if you squint your eyes a little, to the people who forget which train station they're at .
You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
A sci-fi dystopian story set in distant future I've got in my drafts and keep on tinkering with endlessly, and I would beg Florence Pugh, Robert Pattinson, Dev Patel and Hugh Grant to be in it. Or I was set to adapt an existing work, I'd love to adapt Patti Boyd's autobiography Wonderful Tonight with Jessie Buckley as Patti, Timothee Chalamet as George Harrison (I hope he could do a convincing Scouse accent!) and Taron Egerton (now that we know he can sing pretty well...) as Eric Clapton. Either way, I would get Taika Waititi on board somehow, even if for a cameo. I don't know how, but I would.
What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I know there's so much more for me to learn, so the major goal is to collaborate and soak up the filmmaking knowledge and experience as much as I can. That's my major long-term goal because it's hard to guess what the future could bring! Currently, I'm working on my second animated short, a little different stylistically, which I hope to complete in the next couple of months. I'd also love to write and direct a live-action short further down the line, and of course, a feature film someday.
Any Instagram, Twitter or websites where your future fans can stalk you?
Come on over! @psychedelly on Instagram, @k_kwasniewska on Twitter (I tend to tweet quite a lot when I'm overexcited about a film I've just seen so I apologise in advance!), and the general hub for all my work is kasiakwasniewska.com
To see the world through Kasia’s Kaleidoscope Eyes and listen to her Q&A come on down to Streatham Space Project 8.10 at 19.30!
Tickets on the door or HERE.