1961. Andrea (Sofía Nolsøe) works as a nurse for a dying woman (Rúna á Heygum) on a remote island in the Faroe Islands. She carries a great sadness that she’s trying to forget. But when strange things start happening in the old house, and the realms of the living and the dead become intertwined, she will have to realize that no one can escape their past.
6 questions with Guilt director, Heiðrik á Heygum at the half-way mark.
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
1Hi Heidrik! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, this script was written by Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen. What was it about this script that made you want to make it? Well I had an idea about what I wanted. I told Sissel the story I had in my head and she stitched it all together very nicely. I just wrote down all the things that scared me and then I told Sissel it. I found pictures that scared me. Old paintings, pictures and music, and then I sent it to her and told her my thoughts. And she sort of just took it from there. She did a really good job!
2This movie is pretty terrifying but it relies more on psychological terror than gore. What is it about horror movies that you like and what was the most challenging aspect of making one? All my art is quite dark and melancholic. People always tell me that I scare them - I always wonder why because I personally don't see the stuff I do as scary, so I thought - hey let's make something that I think is scary and see what they say. I really love a good horror movie but there is very few who are quite good. I never thought I would be able to make a horror so that was why I wanted to try it. I believe horror and comedy is the most difficult genres there are but horror comes very naturally to me. It was a lot of fun to do. Gore I find boring - it's easy to make something gross but to make something scary without blood is where the challenges are.
3The cinematography in this film is very well done. What was it like working with Louise McLaughlin and how did you two determine the look you were going for? I have been looking for a cinematographer who understood my visual language for a long time. I usually shoot my own stuff but I didn't think I would be able to direct and film the film the same time. I met Louise and she was amazing and we just clicked. We understood each other completely. It was such a thrill to work with her because I didn't even have to comment on anything. She was already adjusting the frame to what I was about to comment on.
4The score (by Janus Rasmussen) and sound design ( by Hans Christian Arnt Torp) are incredibly well done. How important is score and sound design when you have a film like this? Sound is everything in horror. If you put a horror movie on mute it's not scary at all. So we used a long time on getting the sound right and use it in the right moments. It was so much fun because it's so much about physiology and suspense. It was a lot of fun.
5This film is 29 minutes long which many advise against since it's too short to be a feature and too long to be a short. Why did you decide to go ahead a make a film at this length anyway? To make a short horror is just a risk it self because it takes time to build up suspense. So I thought what about making it as thought you just tuned into a full length horror movie but you just saw 30 min of it. I thought that was the only way to get the richness and background I wanted. It would be impossible for me to create the tension in a shorter horror film. I consider this film as an experiment for me to try out horror and how horror works. Try out some of the physiology of the human mind. What scares people, what scares me, what is effective and what is not. Since Skuld I really just want to make horror.
6What's next? I'm working on a sci-fi/horror set in 1645 in the Faroe Islands. We're working on script now and I cant wait to get filming. But sponsor takes a long time - but hopefully we'll get started sooner than later.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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