Interviewing Director Rikke Planeta On Her Sensual Short Film Bacchus, Part 2

by Tito W. James

While attending the Annecy Animated Film Festival, I had the opportunity to interview director Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta  and discuss her graduation film Bacchus. You can read the first half of our conversation here.

TWJ: Bacchus is a mature piece that incorporates drinking and sexuality. Adult subject matter is something I see is prevalent in graduation films, but is quite rare in features. Would you hope to see more adult subject matter in future films?
RP: I mean, yes, of course! I think it’s quite interesting to try and move the animation industry beyond just kids. Bacchus is also a film that carries a message about not being stuck in societal norms. I think it’s nice to bring these morals, not to kids, but (to) grown-ups as well.
TWJ: Adults need to learn, too.
RP: Yeah, maybe they already know these things, but it’s good just to be reminded.
TWJ: I’ve talked with several young animators at the Annecy Festival. Many are interested in creating films in unconventional art styles that appeal to older audiences.
RP: Nice!
TWJ: Given that there’s an interest in creating these stories–what is preventing a feature length or episodic series of the tone and quality of Bacchus?
RP: It’s hard to say. I think you meet a little bit of resistance when you try to make these things. If you try to get something funded for example, I think it’s hard with projects like Bacchus because it’s not so commercial. There’s a worry that it’s not going to be received well, or that certain places won’t want to screen it. It’s more difficult, so it’s simpler to not do it.
I just got out of school and we want to make more adult projects like Bacchus. But I don’t know how exactly.
TWJ: It’s funny because everyone our age (Mid 20’s-Mid 30’s) and everyone who is at the Animation Festival, and traveled very far to get here, is passionate about mature cartoons. So there is a mature market and one with enough money to cover travel costs. Perhaps the first step to creating adult cartoons is just to keep discussing them.
RP: Yeah, I guess so. That would be good.
TWJ: Have you been to Annecy Festival before?
RP: I came here two years ago when I was still a student. They invite the students from the animation class to go here with the school. The trip is paid for the students to come here and everything. I wasn’t in the animation class. I was actually in the CG arts class. But I managed to come along and it was awesome!
Last time, we had a great experience but it’s very different now being on the other side of it. No longer being a student, it feels much easier and more carefree. When I was a student, everything was kind of scary. Talking to recruiters and stuff, I was super nervous about everything. But now it’s chill and I just have casual chats with people.
TWJ: That’s one of the things I love about the Annecy Festival–you get this casual vibe while also being really professional. When talking to students, I noticed that they’re mostly nervous because in the back of their mind they’re thinking “hire me.” Whereas professionals are thinking “Look at my portfolio and you’ll know if you want to hire me. Until then let’s have another drink.”
RP: Yeah, exactly. When I was a student, I remember it feeling like “These people are going to remember me forever, so if I screw up this one meeting my career is ruined!” You realize now that it’s not at all like that.
TWJ: What advice would you like to give to your “Student Self?”
RP: I think it’s better to just be casual because the people that sit there [at the signing table] probably had a long day and are used to talking to nervous students. If you are a little more chill, they may see you as a breath of fresh air. Being confident is a lot better.
TWJ: If money weren’t an inhibition, what would you like to see in your animation career?
RP: Right now, I’m starting a studio with my boyfriend. We are starting it very close to our animation school. What I would like to do is start up some original projects, hire some people, and animate something that gets out into the world.
I’d like to thank Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta for granting me this interview. You can find more of her work on her website.

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