|What's the story behind this story? Why did you make The Secret Number?
Honestly, I’m a bit perplexed by how The Secret Number found its way into the world. I mean, Igor wrote the short over a decade ago. Years after it was published, some guy on the internet found it, read it, and liked it enough to submit it to the social news site reddit.com.
I was living in Amsterdam at the time, entrenched in the final throes of production on a short animated film called Sintel, when I came across the link. Normally I would have read the short story, cast my upvote and scrolled on. But I had taken a year off of school to make Sintel, and was starting to think about what I would do when I got back in school -- what I should do for my senior film. For a film student, it’s a pretty big deal. The senior film is their one shot to tell the world “hey, I can do this!”
The Secret Number just struck me, immediately, as something I wanted to see - as an audience member. Even as I was reading it, my gears were turning.