The short film "Memoria" demonstrates the long lasting power of romantic love. Your first real romantic relationship in life etches its history in your brain and you never forget it. It will place itself front and center in that video screen of your brain when you least expect it. But how do these recollections of the past, affect your current life and its future path?
Produced by: Jort Wildschut
Cast: Tobias Kersloot | Bob Stoop | Mirte Van der Zee
7 questions with Memoria director, Jurriaan Kamps at the half-way mark.
Friday, September 1st, 2017
1Hi Jurriaan! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? I always had this idea of a man driving on a straight dark road, not knowing what is ahead of him. He tries to slow down, but he can't. To me this was the perfect metaphor for the feeling I was trying to convey. At certain points in life you have to face your past to face your future.
2Can you talk a little bit about WOLFSTREET and the types of projects your team likes to get behind? Wolfstreet is an Amsterdam based creative agency. We mainly do commercial ads for (inter)national brands. Wolfstreet combines ideation and production. This was a new way of working in ad-production, back when the company was founded 4 years ago. We develop concepts and execute productions in-house, commercials but also short films, just like we did with "Memoria".
3The cinematography is incredible in this film. How did you and Martijn Melis (the cinematographer) come up with and achieve the look of this film? I worked with Martijn on projects in the past, so when the Memoria script was finished, I immediately knew he was the perfect fit. Martijn has a unique and poetic way of telling stories. Besides being a technical mastermind, he is extremely focussed on setting distinctive looks for each of his films. We discussed our own dearest memories and came up with this nostalgic and fragile visual imagery. We decided on the Elite Anamorphic /i lenses because of its vintage character and used an old magnifying glass to film through, to emphasize the details you tend to remember in a memory (instead of the entire picture).
4I like that you convey so much emotion without a single word of dialogue. How important is the imagery to you in a film? We talked about using dialogue in some of the scenes but I felt this was not necessary. For me this film portrays a man and his thoughts, so I really liked the feeling of solitude that came with using just music and visuals and no dialogue. Also I wanted people anywhere to be able to appropriate the film and feelings for themselves, and using dialogue (in a certain language) would make this much harder. Imagery and music were key in the process of conveying this emotion. Martijn, Thomas Goralski (music composer) and me were in a constant discussion about pace and rhythm in the cinematography and edit.
5It's funny that people seem so different from one another but once you boil everything down to three pivotal memories, you're able to see how similar we really are. Is that something you were trying to express in the film? When you strip life it comes down to three roots: love, loss and joy. Three elements we all have to deal with in some sort of form or way. This has intrigued me since I was young. We're all very similar indeed, but yet also very different. Everybody experiences these three emotions in different situations and in different means. There is no unambiguous meaning in Memoria, everybody is free to find one for themselves.
6What are three of your most pivotal memories? My three pivotal memories come down on the elements I discussed earlier. Since they are quite personal I prefer to keep them to myself.
7What's next? A 5 minute film, again with producer Jort Wildschut and D.O.P. Martijn Melis, coming this winter. Check out www.wolfstreet.nl for updates and release dates!
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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