When I first saw his short film “Flower”, I went mad with excitement. The plot of the animation was like none I’d ever seen, and it certainly wasn’t one I expected. “Flower” was the gateway to discovering the incredibly talented illustrator/animator/writer that is Selorm Dogoe. I’m not even ashamed to say that I stalked his Instagram account all the way back to his 2016 posts like a creepy fan.
His work is literally that good.
It’s even more amazing that Selorm created ‘Flower’ on a dare by a friend to make a short film in three weeks. He won the bet by releasing the tragic love story on 14th February 2017; Valentine’s Day. I had a little chat with Selorm about his striking short film, and here’s how it went.
Thanks for speaking to me, Selorm. My first question is on the intent behind Flower. Is Flower intentionally tailored towards a global audience? Because aside from your name, there’s nothing that visibly indicates it’s Ghanaian. Was it more of a ‘think global, act local‘ thing for you?
Lol, I certainly didn’t notice that! What about the score for the film? What informed your choice of the soundtrack? And how long did it take you to find the perfect soundtrack?
That’s interesting. Since you mentioned the story, let’s talk about the incredibly unexpected turn of events at the end. Why, oh why did you kill off the couple? Was there a particular message you wanted to send across with this unusual story?
Well, we expected the gardener to do something, just not that extreme. Then, he dragged them off like sacks of potatoes? Twisted is such an understatement for your sense of humour. It’s lit!
( Laughs ) I tried to foreshadow it and this is where I got a little too artsy. It didn’t come out well. If you look at 0:57 you’ll see a picture of 2 mice from one of my old Instagram projects. One was giving a flower to a lady. At 1:02 you’ll see the hunter’s gun resting on a cabinet.
Such cryptic foreshadowing. Let’s talk about setting. What particular thought went into deciding the setting?
What software do you use for your work?
Cool. Just for clarity, you work completely on your own?
You do all this as a hobby? Then why animation? Why not any other art form/media, say comics or something so?
Well, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing more of your work.
I’ve submitted my film “The Little Churchmouse” to a few festivals and so I have to keep it private for a while, but once it’s done, I’ll let you guys see review it.
Awesome! Thanks for talking to us!
Watch this space for more updates on Selorm’s work, including The Little Churchmouse. Till then, check out Flower below.