CIRCULAR, 10min., Netherlands
Directed by Inge Theunissen
In the history of the future lab technicians clone themselves. Overheating strikes when a clone emerges that deviates.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
For several years I am making documentaries for Introdans choreographer Adriaan Luteijn who works with a wide variety of dancers.
When I saw the choreography Circular from Adriaan, it reminded me of those SF series from the sixties/seventies, also partly through the music and costumes.
As a child I watched series like Star Trek, Doctor Who and I still really love the old science fiction imagery.
That is where it started, I wanted to make a short sci-fi film, based on the choreography but with my own script so I started writing.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
It took two years from the idea to the film.
Shooting days were constantly rescheduled due to Corona.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
New wave science fiction, humor
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
It was a difficult period to plan and we also had to take into account dancer Edwin's walking problems (cerebral palsy). That fact, together with the distancing measures of Corona, called on our creativity.
Sometimes the dancers were not available for a scene at the same time, but by using specific camera angles I was able to put them together in post-production.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Just WOW! I was thrilled. And so kind the people take time to feedback.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I have always been fascinated by images and stories.
My father took photographs in his spare time, so it was only natural that I also started with the (photo)camera when I was young.
It then expanded to making slideshows in my student time with which I could add self-recorded foley sounds and music.
I found myself wanting more.
Everything fell into place when I started filming, I now had everything in one medium. Storytelling moving pictures.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
I saw several films more than once so that's a difficult one so I choose for a director I have seen the most films from.
When I was about ten, I secretly watched reruns of Alfred Hitchcock Presents on a television in my bedroom. Those were short films introduced by himself. I loved it! Years later I saw almost all his films, some twice.
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
Hard to tell because you do already a great job: the communication, the different parts like the audience feedback, interviews, the extra options to promote the film. Thank you for that!
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
My experience with Filmfreeway is good.
It is an accessible website and they send mails to keep you informed about festivals.
10. What is your favorite meal?
Hmm, I don't have one favorite meal because I like eating good food :) a lot provided the recipe is prepared with love, pure and freshly made.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
Yes, definitely! I have a restless mind and every day ideas are popping up in my head just by seeing what's happening around me.