Damon Packard on 'Foxfur' and the end of the world
I think practical effects are better and always will be, but there aren't any companies set up to do practical effects anymore. It's incredibly difficult to do and there aren't any filmmakers pushing for it. But real explosions, real pyro, always looks better than any kind of digital explosion.
SFBG Is there any hope for the future of film? Or — since Foxfur takes place on the eve of the apocalypse — of humanity?
DP One of the themes of Foxfur is about the "dead zone" — in the film, it's the time we're in now, where everything is revolving in circles. It's a time that wasn't meant to exist. We're in the end of the world already.
To me, it feels like music, fashion, it's all reaching to the past. There's no new movements going on. It's a strange time. And movies feel that way too; it seems like everything's been done already. Everything is an updated variation. I wanted Foxfur to be really pressing in that sense: that there's no hope, there's no point in anything. I can't imagine there's any future to cinema, or what movies will be like in even five to ten years from now. Are we going to see reboots of reboots? How many reboots can they keep going on with? If it's not a reboot or a sequel, it's a reboot or a sequel in disguise.
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