OCanFilmFest2020 Ottawa Canadian Film Festival

In a world where the technology to custom-make your personality has been developed, a conflicted technician encounters a client hoping to alter her motor-mouth character.

Rob Jacobsen

Rob Jacobsen, director

Rob is a Canadian writer, actor, and director, who has been in a few TV shows you might watch, had a few films in festivals you might have attended, and authored some stories you might have come across. He’s hoping to accomplish plenty more by the time he inevitably dies surrounded by cats while watching reruns of Mr. Robot. Currently, he is the Creative Director of Cave Puppet Films, as well as the co-author of the upcoming Guild Codex: Warped book series with Annette Marie.

Rob Jacobsen answered a few questions.

What inspired your film?

I often joke that self-hatred was the inspiration behind the fictional personality shifting technology at the heart of Tessellate—what if I could magically change the aspects of my personality that I dislike? 

What was your biggest challenge in making your film?

Production was actually quite smooth. Our biggest challenges were probably finding locations and then designing them to fit our vision.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

Without a doubt, the best part was the people I got to work with. The cast and crew were all phenomenal, wonderful, talented people.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

I’m not sure how useful my advice is, given that I’m still aspiring myself, but I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned recently is to make the type of film you would most want to watch.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently in the middle of publishing a series of novels, co-written with Annette Marie, called The Guild Codex: Warped. Hopefully, in the near future, I’ll start up production on a new film project!

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