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An Interview with Chris R. Notarile, Director of The Powerpuff Girls: A Fan Film

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2016

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Your new movie The Powerpuff Girls: A Fan Film - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It is an anti-bully PSA disguised as a Powerpuff Girls fan film. The idea behind it is to embrace your bully because more often than not, they just don't know how to make a friend.

 

Basic question, why the Powerpuff Girls, and are you at all a fan of the series?

 

Why not the Powerpuff Girls? Yes I am a fan of the original series. I watched them way back when they were called the Whoop Ass Girls on Cartoon Sushi and I even saw their movie in theaters when it came out. I just liked the tongue-in-cheek aspect of the show. I chose them as my template because I felt they haven't been done much justice recently. I have yet to see a decent Powerpuff Girls fan film that wasn't a spoof or overtly sexual and poorly made. And as for the new series, I feel a lot of kids will miss out on what Powerpuff Girls used to represent. So it was a pretty easy decision.

 

Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up The Powerpuff Girls: A Fan Film?

 

I didn't really have any. I just knew I wanted to make a Powerpuff Girls movie and I kinda went from there. I did, however, binge watch the series until I found some inspiration for my story, which came in the form of the rainy day episode, when the girls pretended to be themselves because it was raining outside and they couldn't fight crime. There was something incredibly sweet and innocent about that episode and the idea for playing pretend laid the ground work for my script.

 

The world of the animated Powerpuff Girls is incredibly stylized - so what were the main challenges to bring the movie to life from that point of view?

 

There weren't any real challenges when it came to visuals. Townsville is portrayed as a very clean Americana city. And downtown LA has a few ultra stylized locations that easily capture that look. My real challenge was sound. Man, shooting on the streets in LA during business hours is a nightmare onto its own.

 

You of course also have to talk about the action scenes in The Powerpuff Girls: A Fan Film for a bit, and how were they achieved?

 

There isn't a whole lot of action, but if you are referring to when the girls fly, it was just a simple editing trick achieved with some photoshop and squash and stretch frame by frame animation.

 

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

I just wanted to make it feel like an episode of the original Powerpuff Girls series. That's all. Or at least, have it start off that way. My only other goal was to not reveal my twist until the very last minute. And when it happens, hopefully it hits you right in the feels.

 

Do talk about your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Apart from their visual likenesses to their animated counterparts, Lindsey Bean, Hailey Hayes and Lizette Garcia effortlessly captured their characters' personas. It would've been a crime not to cast them.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The shoot was a sound nightmare. I had so many audio troubles. But thankfully, I got enough footage to work with.

 

The $64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?

 

Why www.youtube.com/blinky500 of course.

 

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Given the experiences with The Powerpuff Girls: A Fan Film, will you ever make another Powerpuff Girls-movie? And/or other future projects you'd like to share?

 

I suppose that depends on the reception of this short. If the fans truly embrace it and dig it, AND I have another heartfelt message to share, then maybe. We shall see. As for other projects, I have a few in the pipeline, Nightlark is an original superhero webseries that I am working on. You can learn more at www.facebook.com/BCUheroes. And I am writing a sci-fi thriller. But more about that when the time comes.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

You can learn more about me at www.facebook.com/blinky500

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Hey girl, are you a timeline? Cause I'm gonna mess with you!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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