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High Mobility Generation
Alberto Martin, Daniele Manca
2015, 80m, documentary
A documentary project realized traveling through Europe and collecting interviews along the way, in a 5000 kilometers long road-trip from Schengen, Luxembourg; the place where the borderless Europe is born; to Copenhagen that will be in 2025 the first world capital at zero emission. Denmark, on 2012, has also taken the top spot on the United Nation's first ever World Happiness Report. So this is a trip from the origin of contemporary Europe to the place where seems possible to see the future, today.
Produced by: Alberto Martin, Daniele Manca / Kilofilmetro
10 questions with High Mobility Generation director, Alberto Martin, Daniele Manca at the half-way mark.
Friday, February 19th, 2016
1First, I'd like to say that I lived abroad for almost 6 years and after I saw your film, I sent it to my parent's. After they watched it they said they started to understand why I was doing what I was doing. So thank you for that. What was it that made you want to make this doc? The challenge was to make a portrait of a generation, and on storytelling side to build up a plan to make people speak instead then pose them too direct question. Why this topic? When travelling become so easy in Europe lot of young people left their countries putting their dreams into an hand luggage and went in search of adventures, of themselves, of a possibility to change their life. I thought this was a story, or better, this were many stories, that someone must tell.
2You shot in so many countries, how long did it take you to collect all these interviews? It took 4 weeks. We traveled by car, it was a pretty much interesting adventures. Og course We have maintained a strong pace, but it was also time for fun.
3Making a documentary is so insane to me. Did you know the story you wanted to tell or did you find it in the editing room? What we wanted to do it was to built an ideal collective portrait of a generation: a video diary written by many characters. We bet on the idea that both this contents ( interviews ) and the idea behind the itinerary ( Schengen - Copenhagen ) would have been solid enough to have the film already with us in our hard disk at the end of our Journey. I had written the storyline before the shooting already: so frames around cities were shoot knowing already which contents on infographic-storyline's side we would have been edited with.
4How did you find these interview subjects? Were they friends? We used a social network: Couchsurfing. We posted a brief of our project on all groups dedicated to the cities along our itinerary, about one month before our departure. So we redact a draft about our production plan before leaving. We had a few confirmed interview already, others jumped out while we were travelling already, someone canceled at last minute. So basically we did a lot of messaging on Couchsurfing to manage interviews along our journey.
5What was the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? It's difficult to answer this question. First I did this film with Daniele Manca, the reason why I'm filling alone this interview is 'cause I wrote the doc, but also 'cause my english is better then Daniele's one. But I should provide one answer for me and one for Daniele to this question. Well... I think it is something that just happened, after I started to collect several experiences about different sides of "making" a movie ( camera assistant, set dresser, director assistant, show runner, additional electrician... and so on ) on movie set, while at same time I kept experimenting by myself with mini-dv cameras and editing at home. Things just happened. Daniele's experience isn't that far from mine, in fact we meet each other working on movie set. I guess his answer wouldn't be too far from mine.
6If you could make a documentary about any person (living or dead) who would it be and why? I'm charmed by different kind of characters, and for sure the answer I can give today would be different then the one I would give next month. Same characters charming me are Danzig Baldaev, author of Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia; Irwin Welsh, Howard Marks, Robert Fisk...
7What was one of the most challenging aspects of making this film? As said before, to maintain a strong pace while keeping updated almost hour by hour a production plan changing in real time.
8What's a hobby or an interest you have, that has nothing to do with film? Does that hobby help your filmmaking in any way? Finally an easy question: of course I'll answer " Travelling". And yes of course help me with filmmaking, not just to find out stories as happened in the case of this film, but in my opinion travelling keep you trained with the habitude to simply don't stop to look around with curiosity.
9What was the size of your crew and how did you find them? We were 2. Me and Daniele. With equipment condensed in the hand luggage size that was the limit our characters ideally had when left their homes. Just to keep consistent. A DSLR camera, a notebook, a microphone, lastolite, couple of magic arms... this was the everything. Then after we back to Italy in the editing room we had Manuele di Siro, another friend together which I have been working for years, that make the magic. The same happened with Alessandro Peiretti that made the audio post production , and I d like to thanks too the band " i treni all'alba" that let us use the music from their amazing album 2011AD.
10What's next? Who knows, I deeply believe are always stories to find you. It's just question of keep ready to go when your story will face out.
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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