Cyril Vrancken

Cyril Vrancken is a rising filmmaker from Belgium who completed his studies at Luca School of Arts in 2023. He gained recognition for his short film "Power Up," which was chosen for the Pensacon Short Film Festival in 2022. Now, he's back with a new project titled "Lands Of Steel."

Cyril is an innovative filmmaker who enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional filmmaking. He's dedicated to discovering captivating stories that deeply engage the audience and draw them into the world of cinema.

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Your project has entered in our festival. What is your project about?
Lands Of Steel is a self-reliant CGI-animated movie, revolving around a solitary robot's odyssey through an uninhabited city in search of the Infected. However, in its journey, the robot finds itself contemplating the remnants of the once-thriving human world, which still lingers in certain aspects. Along the way, the robot confronts a myriad of dangers and wonders, stirring genuine emotions it never thought possible. The story delves into profound themes, including war and genocide, seen through the lens of a mindless robot, the timelessness of nature, and the exploration of moral complexities between what is good and bad.


What are your ambitions with your project?
I'm a filmmaker who enjoys incorporating visual effects into my work. This enables me to unveil the movie magic to the viewers. In my current project, I aimed to explore the potential of motion capture technology. This technology permits me to record an actor's performance digitally and then project it onto a 3D model, which, in this case, happens to be a robot. This innovative approach allows me to break free from conventional boundaries and create even more expansive and impressive sequences.


Tell us something about your shooting? What pleasantly surprised you?
The shooting process was extremely challenging. We had to capture the motion performance using motion capture technology, and during post-production, extensive cleanup work was required due to the imperfections in most of the files. The entire process, including shooting, production, and post-production, spanned a duration of four months.

I'm grateful to have had a team of highly skilled individuals by my side who assisted in resolving various technical issues that arose along the way. This experience also provided me with the opportunity to acquire a wealth of new knowledge and skills.

For what group of spectators is your film targeted?
"Lands Of Steel" is aimed at both aspiring filmmakers and casual movie enthusiasts. It demonstrates the remarkable possibilities that can be achieved with limited resources. I believe this film would be particularly enjoyable for fans of the horror and science fiction genres, offering them a unique and thrilling experience.


How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?
I'm a determined filmmaker with a penchant for crafting short films that pack a powerful narrative punch or transport viewers to entirely new realms where the boundaries of reality are stretched. My aim is to continually push the boundaries of my creativity, providing audiences with a captivating escape from their everyday lives, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the cinematic experience.

Simultaneously, I strive to weave a relatable emotional thread throughout my work, ensuring that viewers can connect on a deeper level.


Why did you decided to become a filmmaker?

I've been making films since I was a kid, often shooting in our garden with my brother. The moment I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker was when I received my first DSLR camera as a birthday gift. It made me believe that anything was possible. I enrolled in film school, where I learned more about the craft, and filmmaking has since become the driving force in my life, giving me a sense of purpose and motivation.

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Who is your role model?
I have great admiration for several directors, but there are two in particular whom I deeply respect and look up to: Christopher Nolan and James Gunn.

Which movies are your favorites? Why?
My favorite films include "Your Name," "Joker," "Spider-Man: No Way Home," and "La La Land." These movies, in my view, are perfect on every level, both in terms of storytelling and filmmaking.

Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
Everywhere. I generally avoid drawing inspiration from my own life because it can distract me from fully immersing myself in my film's narrative. However, I've found that on occasion, incorporating elements from my own experiences can help me establish a deeper connection with the story. Additionally, I frequently turn to various forms of art to find inspiration for my filmmaking endeavors.

Which topics interest you the most?
It depends. While I do have a strong affinity for superheroes and comics, I don't limit myself to solely making superhero films. Instead, I often find compelling and universal themes within the superhero genre that inspire me to explore a diverse range of stories and narratives in my filmmaking.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
Currently, I have had the privilege of creating two remarkable short films with an incredible group of individuals, whom I am proud to consider my friends.

What do you consider most important about filming?
To me, two crucial elements in filmmaking are a captivating story that keeps me engaged throughout the entire shoot and assembling a talented and collaborative crew of good people.

Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
I don't fully understand this question, but I'd say trying to shoot everything practically, instead of leaving everything in post.

How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
I tend to be my own harshest critic when it comes to my work. I often notice minor flaws, but overall, I take pride in what I've created.

What can disappoint you in a movie?
I find it challenging to connect with a film when it lacks emotional depth or if the writing is poorly executed.

Who supports you in your film career?
My family, my friends and especially my twin brother who has been there since the beginning.

What are the reactions to your film? (opinion of spectators, film critics, friends and family)
It's truly gratifying to hear that the audience response to my short film, "Lands of Steel," has been overwhelmingly positive. The film has also been selected for various prestigious film festivals like Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Razor Reel Flanders. Additionally, I've had the opportunity to engage in Zoom calls with some of the jury members, who have all showered the film with praise. This recognition and appreciation are incredibly rewarding and motivating for me as a filmmaker.

Have you already visited any of the prestigious film festivals?
I had the chance to attend the Pensacon Short Film Festival in the USA for my previous short film, "Power Up." I'm looking forward to potentially attending more film festivals this year.

What are your future plans in filmmaking carriere?
I can't wait to work on a full-length feature film eventually. My ultimate goal is to become a well-known Hollywood director in the distant future.