An Interview with Sam Aramyan

Please tell us about your background. What made you fall in love with cinema? How did you become interested in filmmaking and what did you work on before making Emotion Has No Voice?

I have always enjoyed viewing and learning from great films that focus on redemptive ideals and teach the importance of constant improvement. I began attending acting classes a few years ago at the Breakin Through Acting Workshop and learning from my teacher Choice Skinner. I recently began writing scripts for short films. Before making Emotion Has No Voice, I worked on two other short films I wrote and starred in titled Muse and It’s Time, which both focus on themes of love and overcoming fear.

Which filmmakers influenced you and your filmmaking? Which films have affected you the most?

I enjoy viewing films made by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino, Brian De Palma, Mickey Rourke, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson, and Robin Williams.

What are the themes/issues you try to reflect in your films? What, in your opinion, is the most important quality of a film?

Creating from truth. I focus on telling stories that hold integrity and redemptive themes.

Where did the idea for the film come from? How long did it take to get formed into what it is now?

The idea for this film came from a desire to create a story about love. I had written similar scripts in the past about a conversation between a man and a woman, but the exact words of the past ones didn’t feel right until I wrote Emotion Has No Voice.

What is your creative process when making a film? Starting from the scripts to the final stages of the post-production. Do you work solo or are you more of a team player when making decisions about various aspects of your films?

I focus on being patient and learning as much as possible from viewing great films, reading interesting books, and observing life. The lessons I learn from past greats help me create the films that I want and am meant to create. I enjoy working both solo and as a part of a team.

Emotion Has No Voice can be considered as a Micro Film. What are some of the challenges and difficulties you faced? Is it easier or more difficult to express your thoughts through this format?

Emotion Has No Voice is a story about two friends that have a special connection. Both friends seek some form of freedom, but also hold uncertainty about what lies ahead for them. In this particular moment though, they embrace and reassure one another that all will be well. I didn’t face or experience any challenges and difficulties while creating the film. I enjoyed creating through this format.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of independent filmmaking and working with small budgets? Does it liberate the filmmaker or limit his or her freedom?

Working with small budgets simplifies the creative process at times and leads to a more efficient result in the end.

Tell us about your festival run. Have film festivals provided you with the experience and exposure you needed?

The festival run for Emotion Has No Voice has been well-received. The film was selected as a finalist of Roma Short Film Festival and New Wave Short Film Festival, and as an inclusion of Seoul International Short Film Festival thus far.

What was the reaction of those who watched your film? Was the feedback what you hoped for?

The feedback for the film has been positive thus far.

Please tell us about your future project(s). Are you planning to make more Micro Films or will you be experiencing other formats?

After Emotion Has No Voice, I wrote and starred in Camino, a short film about two friends discussing the fate of a former military soldier. I currently am not working on any projects. I look forward to creating and telling more stories in the future, regardless of the format.