The Butterfly Effect | Interview of Jovi Maco
Cult Critic:The documentary is described as a butterfly effect-based journey that explores the lives of Javier and Chelo as they embark on a rewarding experience. How does the film convey the idea of the butterfly effect and its impact on the characters' journey and the world around them?
Jovi: The documentary explores the fascinating idea of the butterfly effect, showing how small actions and decisions have a surprising impact on the lives of Javier and Chelo, and on the world around them.It is an inspiring testimony starring Javier and Chelo, who convey a powerful environmental message: we can all take care of the place we inhabit. Through their journey, they show how small actions and decisions can have a significant impact on environmental protection. By sharing their experience, they invite us to reflect on our responsibility in preserving our precious planet and demonstrate that together, we can make a difference for future generations.
Cult Critic:The film's challenging yet beautiful cinematography, which authentically connects the audience to nature. Could you discuss specific examples of how the cinematography enhances the film's portrayal of natural landscapes and ocean-scapes?
Jovi: Sunrises and sunsets over the calm sea, where icebergs float like frozen treasures, are captured with stunning and dreamlike cinematography. The film weaves a visual dance that envelops the audience in the serenity of these Antarctic seas, where the colors of the sky and water blend into a symphony of soft and magical tones.
In the stillness of these sunrises and sunsets, we reflect on the fleeting nature of our existence in contrast to the timelessness of the icebergs. They are silent witnesses of a distant past and guardians of an uncertain future. Their presence reminds us of the fragility of nature and the responsibility to preserve this frozen treasure for future generations.
As we walk among the penguins, we feel a connection with these charming inhabitants of the polar region. In this close encounter, we become witnesses to the collective spirit of these beings, teaching us lessons of community and survival.
In the flight of birds in the air, we experience the freedom and lightness of flight. We let ourselves be carried by the wind and immerse ourselves in the vastness of the sky, feeling the excitement and wonder of soaring through the heavens alongside these winged creatures. It is a moment of liberation and connection with the natural world.
And when the whales emerge from the water with their imposing grace, we feel like small witnesses to their greatness. We remind ourselves that we are just a small part of a vast ecosystem, sharing this planet with other equally amazing species.
They are some of the many moments and beings with whom we have had the privilege of sharing this wonderful planet.
Cult Critic:The documentary explores Antarctica and highlights its importance for the world's ecosystems. How does the film capture the significance of this remote location and convey the message of environmental conservation?
Jovi: The documentary captures the importance of Antarctica as a unique and vital place for the world's ecosystems, and conveys the message of environmental conservation by showcasing the beauty and fragility of this environment, as well as the challenges it faces due to human impacts and climate change. It is a call to action to protect and preserve this precious natural treasure for future generations. But it's not just about knowing and protecting distant places for many, it also invites viewers to get to know and protect the places where they live.And this is accessible to each and every one of us as conscious and responsible beings who live on this planet. Absolutely, it is accessible to everyone
Cult Critic:The title of the film, "The Butterfly's Voice," is mentioned as symbolizing the director's motivation and his determination to implement his ideas. Could you elaborate on how the director's vision and dedication are portrayed in the film, and how they contribute to the overall narrative and themes?
Jovi: I must correct, the movie is titled "The Butterfly Effect""The Butterfly Effect" can also be applied to the making of the film since, initially, it was supposed to be just a short 15-minute video. However, due to a butterfly effect-like chain of events, the team started visiting scientific bases and asking questions from a layman's perspective to better understand what was happening. These human stories reinforce the message that this remote place has a significant impact on the health of our planet and the balance of marine ecosystems globally. Upon returning, the team realized that they needed to film a second part in Colmenar Viejo, which was not originally planned. The film was initially intended to be shown only in Colmenar, but the butterfly continued to guide them with its flight, leading them to be selected in festivals and winning over 20 international awards. Most importantly, it carried that environmental message across the world. The director's vision and the rest of the team, especially Juan Compagn, Alfonso Pizarro, and Libertad de Prado they were fundamental in turning a small, unassuming short video into the award-winning documentary feature film it is today, with significant artistic and environmental impact. Were not there from the beginning; instead, they remained attentive and discovered that a butterfly was guiding them.
Cult Critic:How the film's focus on conservation and its portrayal of human interaction in a foreign habitat contribute to its impact and significance in the realm of environmental filmmaking?
Jovi: The representation of stunning landscapes and unique habitats captivates the audience, immersing them in the beauty and meaning of these places. This visual impact serves as a powerful tool to engage viewers emotionally and intellectually, encouraging them to take action for environmental preservation. But the key is that these habitats also exist where we live, from towns to cities, all over the world, except we have become so accustomed to them that sometimes we don't value them. That's why the documentary has two parts and invites us to understand that if there are birds in the skies of Antarctica and fish and mammals in its icy seas that need to be protected from our harmful practices, there are also birds in the skies where we live, fish in the nearby seas, and butterflies that teach us that with little, much can be achieved, and a beautiful butterfly fluttering first had to be a simple larva and caterpillar without wings.
We all live on this precious planet, and we must all care for it as we care for ourselves because ultimately there is no difference. We hope to have achieved that the documentary fulfills the motto of its title and that it prompts small actions in the people who have been able to enjoy it, small actions that will surely generate significant changes.