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Daniel Lobb is an award-winning filmmaker and musician from Louisville, Kentucky. He was recently selected by the Price Hill Creative Community Foundation, and his film Scavenger Hunt for People Loneliest in Their Own Homes, is set for it’s international premiere in Cannes where it won Best Experimental Short.

His other films include music videos “Long Ago (in 2019) by Ellery”, and “Still Life by R.Ring.” He is currently working on two documentaries and a sophomore album for his music project, So It Was.

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Lexie’s voice narrating the survival guide conveys emotion, therefore, encompases the lovely experience that’s been watching your film. Thank you for sharing it!

Lexie’s voice IS the film. We started on this project right after I finished reading their debut novel The Ship We Built, so even before creating the film, the images of their creative world were swirling in my head.

Would you tell us about your own scavenger hunt for the items to compose the video collage based on Lexie’s writings? Have Lexie and you both scavenged and hunted for them? Where?

We had one month, from conception to deadline, to create the film as a part of the Price Hill Creative Community Festival, so the whole thing tumbled together through first impulses. I knew I wanted to work with Lexie, Alexis, and Dan, and that was it. After Lexie wrote the text, the rest of us translated it into our own mediums, sent each other drafts, reimagined, stitched it together and let it go.

What are the steps taken among you guys in the filmmaking process?: Alexis Marsh (Music), Dan Dorff Jr (Sound Design), Lexie Bean (Writer) and yourself as the Director.

It certainly was a piece created through and for quarantine. We started in those early days when we were first learning to cope with isolation. It dictated the visual language, because whatever I had on hand was what I used. This being my first film, and not knowing what was possible or effective, I spent a lot of time staring at things, listening, to hear if anything wanted to be something else. The apple wanted to be teeth. The beads on the necklace wanted to travel. It was the perfect time to learn the ridiculous art of stop motion, and to go the right amount of crazy personifying the world around me.

The “eighteen-step scavenger hunt guide for people loneliest in their own homes” seems to be very useful as a survival guide during quarantine times. Don’t you think? (I understand it hasn’t been written in this context)

All that to say, Yes, it is a good survival guide. For anyone anytime, but especially in times of isolation.