Two Hashtags, #Animation #Thriller, and I came across a Twitter post on @Noctambulfilms stating: “8 people in a room, just 4 of them are alive” with a link to watch a YouTube video called The Chamber. Now, if you are a fan of my blog, you already know that I had to click on the link to watch. Call it my sixth sense for all things shocking and creepy!
Noctàmbul Films is a production company based in Cardiff, Wales, which is created by Fermi Vidal. Yup! I discovered this wonderfully gifted creator from across the pond! Fermi Vidal is a filmmaker and screenwriter, who specializes in storytelling, animation, video editing and machinimas.
*Machinimas: a method of making animated film using software similar to that designed for making video and computer games.
Many of his videos have generated close to 1M views. His work consists of movie and television inspired animations, such as Doctor Who: Mission Dalek and Godzilla vs. Wolverine, to name a few. His work also includes dark, thriller animations, such as Damage Inside, Molish and my personal favorite, The Chamber.
Now before you google his name and check out his social pages, let me tell you more about the creator or what I would like to call the mastermind behind Noctàmbul Films. Sit back, relax and enjoy reading my interview with the talented Fermi Vidal.
What is your name and tell me where you are from?
My name is Fermi Vidal and I’m from Barcelona, Catalonia. I moved to UK one year ago and I’m living in Cardiff right now.
You are a filmmaker and screenwriter from Cardiff, Wales. Who specializes in storytelling, animation, video editing and Machinimas. How did you get into filmmaking and storytelling through animation?
I’ve been writing and drawing my own stories since I was 12 years old. My biggest passion is cinema, but I also like any kind of stories such as books, video games, songs, comic books, etc. When I studied Media and Communication I discovered that the easiest way to capture my ideas was with animation. I always liked animation and since I watched Princess Mononoke I knew that you could tell any story with animation.
*Princess Mononoke is a 1997 Japanese epic historical fantasy anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
How did you come up with the name of your production company, Noctàmbul Films and what does Noctàmbul stand for?
Noctàmbul is a Catalan word and it means nighthawk or night owl. I’m one of those that prefer nighttime. For me daytime is the "real world" and at night everything is more mysterious and magic. Besides, I love owls.
I am here in the States just tweeting away and came across your engaging, thought provoking and creepy video The Chamber. Tell me how you came up with the concept and storyline for this animated film?
It all began with software called Source Filmmaker. You can download it for free on the Steam platform and with this software you can make your own movies with video games models and maps. One day I saw that someone had created a contest in the workshop website of this software. The contest was simple, you should create a story with a setting created by the organizer. In this case a bunch of different rooms. I focused in one specific room with eight empty chairs. Suddenly an idea came into my head. What if there are eight people on that room and four of them are dead?