We had the good fortune of connecting with Eyal Resh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eyal, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to share with people the way I see the world, and to do it by using filmmaking.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The reason I started making films was because I am fascinated by people; our behaviors, mysteries, contradictions. Our longing to connect. Much of my work revolve around communication, sex and intimacy. These themes are all baked at the core of human behavior & needs and therefore excite me. I believe that what sets my work apart is my commitment to remain tuned to these intricacies of human behavior. Im not scared of exploring silence and the information conveyed through it, I will always choose the organic character choice to a specific set of circumstances and will not shy away from exploring the many layers of a seemingly simple situation.
Getting where I got so far, and continuously paving my path is not easy, and will never be. But I’m not looking for easy. Easy means not taking risks.
Perhaps one of the biggest lessons Ive learned along the way, is to better define to myself the idea of SUCCESS. Its a tricky concept, that could paralyze. Specifically in our western culture.
If success is about how many people applaud my work, its becoming about pleasing others, waiting for them to approve me. It is external and restraining.
But if success becomes about me being able to express myself truthfully through my work, regardless of how many views it got, then I succeeded in keeping myself free to create and face the challenges it posses.
When I’m able to reach this state of mind- Im the most proud of myself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start from my beloved neighborhood- Los Feliz. It feels like its name- the happy ones. A morning Matcha Latte at Maru is a must. Both for the quality of the coffee and also for the inspiring artists who go there.
A hike in one my secret Griffith Park trails will follow, because I always loved how nature is so prominent in LA.
We will then drive to DTLA to eat a sausage for lunch at Wurstkuche in the Arts District. I love this place.
We will then tour the galleries and concept stores in the hood.
We’ll make a quick stop at Little Tokyo where we would grab Muchi Ice-cream in a few flavors.
On the way back we will drive through Korea Town. Not in a specific area, but just to feel the fascinating energy this neighborhood posses. It’s like there are many secrets there and some neon dark corners are very visually striking.
For dinner Id take them to Laurel Hardware for their amazing Mezcal cocktail and dinner menu. And ambience.
If we are not too tired, and Covid resections allow, we will end the night watching a film at the Vista theater.
I can probably fill a whole month worth of LAying around.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I believe in giving chances. Not only because there are many talented people in the world that didn’t yet get the opportunity to shine, but also because I believe those people will do whatever it takes to give their 100% to the process if the door is opened to them.
Sometimes, a person who’s less experienced but is eager to create would do a better job than someone who’s “big”.
Though experience plays a big role in creation, it is not the only important component on the way of making something great. It is also about having something to say, and connecting strongly to the subject matter of the piece.
Delirio Films, Neko Productions and Tripod Media, gave me this chance.
They hired me as the animation director in Ask Dr. Ruth where I brought to life 17 minutes of Dr. Ruth’s most profound childhood memories.
They did that because they knew I can deeply connect to her story, and therefore able to tell it.
I did not direct much animation before this project, and Im not interested in starting an animation directing career- but despite my lack of experience- I was able to tell her story in a foreign medium.
It was powered by my curiosity and excitement.
The film went on to premier in Sundance, Tribeca, and was distributed worldwide by Magnolia Pictures. It is now streaming on Hulu along with a special featurette about the animation process.
Following the success of the feature film, the USC Shoah Foundation (which was established by Steven Spielberg) commissioned Delirio Films and Neko Productions to create a sequel piece focusing on Dr. Ruth’s holocaust story.
The short is now entering some festivals, and will be released later this year.
So I dedicate my shoutout to Delirio Films, an incredible production company that gave me that chance.
Also, Id like to dedicate a special thank you to Judith Weston who wrote the incredible book Directing Actors. It is an incredible book offering techniques to crafting profound performances. I apply its insights and ideas on every project I direct.
photography by: Clint Gorges