WAYNETTE - DISTANCED AND HOLLOW, 3min., Germany
Directed by Zee Marla Osh
The official music video for Waynette - Distanced and Hollow.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
The music. It's usually the tune that makes me feel and see the idea.
That's why I work on music videos mainly. Its like hearing the soundtrack ahead of time and being the first one to see the story.
I feel like we all do it, with our headphones in, but to be able to actually execute the vision is terribly exciting.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
Actually not that long I'd say about 3 weeks. First week being the ideas brainstorm and trying to narrow down the cast and location.
Then the actual production, and I have to say I was blessed with an amazing crew so this went very smoothly. Our stylist - Dayany Arrieta Batista covered more than just her department, helping us also with casting, preparation, and on set management.
Our models were just incredible and Martin Burkard did the mastering and reedits as many times as we needed. I think it all really depends on your team but if you can count on them the process can be smooth, fast and very satisfying.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
Distanced and Hollow. Obviously. ;)
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Colour grading. I'm sure this is a part many filmmakers like to hide and avoid at the beginning of their career, and for good reason, its damn difficult to learn and expensive to squeeze into the production budget. However, this can not stop us from doing it professionally, the difference between a properly coloured end product, and the one we tried to 'LUT-away' ourselves is just too big. I would recommend to reassign your budget, rethink ideas but never, ever, exclude the colour grading process. It was indeed the biggest obstacle but we got over it and learned how make it better in future.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Excitement, curiosity and pure happiness, its just wonderful to be able to hear what people think about it. Especially people not involved in the production, with a fresh perspective and personal opinion. After long editing sessions the video might start feeling like a routine, I was going back and forth with some ideas, not sure what's better, less boring, more technical... Its easy to get overwhelmed if you're passionate about it. So yeah, it definitely calmed me down to hear that the audience not only got the idea but also picked up on hidden agendas and really understood the meaning. Id love to actually thank you guys! Thank you for this feedback!
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I used to do photography back in Warsaw. I think film kicked in when I moved to Berlin.
I worked as a booker in a couple of Berlin clubs for a while, and kept meeting mind-blowing artists, jaw dropping musicians, insanely good dancers - photos just weren't enough.
I wanted to save the full memory, not just the picture, everything. The movement, the light and most importantly the sound.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
2001:A Space Odyssey. Naturally.
But I'll also watch anything from Gaspar Noe on repeat.
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I guess just keep name dropping about the filmmakers you work with. Posting our videos, getting them spread and viewers.
Many of us are drop dead busy filming things and editing them, in locked studios, on sets, in offices.
As much as I wish to go to all the award parties and screenings I'm usually on a next project already, so any press appearance I can get covered by you guys is a blessing.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
Amazing. Never encountered any issues, its kinda flawless.
10. What is your favorite meal?
Coffee and weed. Keeps me editing for hours.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
More music videos with Waynette, a fashion commercial with Obectra, events with Jan Ehret, experiments with Byrke Lou, yeah, a full schedule that I'm hyped to execute.