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‘Tengkorak’ gets warm welcome at Cinequest 2018

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San Jose | Tue, March 13, 2018 | 04:30 pm
‘Tengkorak’ gets warm welcome at Cinequest 2018

'Tengkorak' filmmaker and stars at 2018 Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, the United States. (Akasacara Film/-)

Indonesian science-fiction film Tengkorak (Skull) reportedly received a warm welcome from the audience at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, the United States. The film premiered at the festival in early March.

Aside from appreciating its production process, which started from scratch, and how women are portrayed in the film, many in the audience also praised the film’s animation and special effects. Its unpredictable story line received compliments from the crowd as well.

“We used ‘Blender’ software, a free program for animation and modeling, and ‘Blackmagic Eyeon Fusion’, which is also free,” said Anindita Suryarasmi, the film’s producer as well as animation and special effects supervisor, during the Q&A at the press conference. She later added that the crew had just learned how to operate the software several weeks prior to shooting. “We learned from scratch to use those free yet powerful programs.”

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“It indeed made my work as the executive producer much easier,” said Wikan Sakarinto, the film’s executive producer and dean of Gadjah Mada University’s (UGM) vocational school, adding that he did not need to purchase expensive software.

Helmed and penned by Yusron Fuadi, Tengkorak was also nominated for Best Film in the category of Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Thriller.

 

CATATAN PENUTUP DARI SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (CINEQUEST 2018). (International Premiere : Film Tengkorak) ----------- Satu2nya wakil dari Indonesia yg lolos menjadi Nominasi Best Film (Kategori Science Fiction, Fantasy & Thriller) - Well, of course tidak sampai di sini perjalanan perjuangan kami. Terpilih menjadi/masuk nominasi Best Film dan selama 4 kali pemutaran di Cinequest 2018 (di 2 kota, San Jose dan Redwood, dalam kurun seminggu lebih) mendapatkan perhatian yang menurut kami sangat luar biasa dari audiens. Setiap seusai pemutaran, dilanjutkan Sesi Question&Answer yang berlangsung sangat lama hingga berkali2 di-stop oleh MC/Host, dan dilanjutkan tanya jawab di luar bioskop. Puluhan hingga ratusan pertanyaan2 dan pujian keluar dari mulut para penonton film Tengkorak, selama festival film internasional ini berlangsung ... Film Tengkorak mendapatkan respon dari para penonton sebagai sebuah Film Fiksi Ilmiah yang cukup berkelas, terutama alur ceritanya yang tidak mudah ditebak namun tetap mampu menghibur penonton dengan adegan dan percakapan yang sangat natural. Berikut beberapa poin2 lain yang diapresiasi dalam sesi diskusi / Tanya Jawab. 1. Sangat mengapresiasi Film Tengkorak menempatkan wanita sebagai tokoh utama dan Presiden Wanita. Bahkan Pak Yusron Fuadi dalam penjelasannya menambahkan sedikit kelakar, "Kami (Indonesia) memang pernah punya seorang Presiden Wanita, sedangkan anda (Amerika) belum kan ....", dan langsung disambut gelak tawa dan senyum lebar para penonton. 2. Alur ceritanya ..... wow 3. Para audiens mengapresiasi perjuangan pembuatan film Tengkorak yang dimulai dari benar2 zero. Dijelaskan oleh Pak Yusron Fuadi, bahwa film ini dimulai pembuatannya dalam beberapa bulan di awal dengan gaji bulanan (sebagai dosen yang baru diangkat) Pak Yusron Fuadi yaitu kurang dari 200 Dollar US, serentak para audiens tertawa karena kaget. (Dan seterusnya) No.4 sd No.12

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Produced by teachers and students of UGM’s vocational school, Tengkorak narrates the discovery of a 170,000-year-old skull following an earthquake. The skull then creates controversy between scientists and religious leaders, as quoted from Cinequest's official website.

The film stars Yusron Fuadi, Eka Nusa Pertiwi, Guh S. Mana and students as well as teachers of UGM’s vocational school. (wir/mut)

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