Ein Kopf liegt seitlich im Wasser, wie eine Halbinsel. Ein kleines Ruderboot legt am Kopf an, ein Mensch steigt aus, baut ein Haus und lebt fortan an diesem seltsamen Ort.
Drei Fragen an die Regie
1. Short Film has a unique way of telling stories and exploring themes. What is it that fascinates you about the short format?
Nilas Røpke Driessen: In my case, I think that it is mostly that it allowed me to work almost independently, because the workload was within a reasonable scope. Secondly, short films presents a possibility to experiment both in storytelling and style, sometimes leading to really interesting results. I feel like short films are generally a very tricky format, as they are often too short to build up the necessary mood and story, which in my opinion means that they often don’t quite succeed. Although, when short films to succeed they can sometimes be a lot more impactful in five minutes than a feature film can manage in 90+.
2. The program your film is selected for is called “Die lange Nacht des abwegigen Films”: What connection do you see between your film and that title?
Nilas Røpke Driessen: First of all, I am super thrilled to be in that category. The experimental and weird short – and feature films have always been the ones that inspired me the most. As I am becoming more aware of my process, I have come to realise how strangeness and absurd ideas influence my work. I have found that having a really odd and sometimes almost silly starting point really helps in working with thoughts and emotions that are in laying around somewhere in my subconsciousness, and sometimes I don’t know what that project is about before I am will into the writing process (and at times even in or after production).
3. What film has inspired you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?
Nilas Røpke Driessen: Originally I think that it was ”Please Say Something” by David O’Reilly that really opened my eyes both to the possibilities of short films as well as how to use limitation to create style. I wrote the story and made all the animation myself in ”Manden og Hovedet”, so I really needed to create it in a way where the workload wouldn’t become unbearable. This limitation really informed the style of the movie, although it came quite naturally from the original concept image that inspired the story.
Produktion: Tim Leborgne
Regie: Nilas Røpke Driessen
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