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Runtime: 6 min
Director: Elwin Rijken
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: December, 2020
Synopsis: A married couple with relationship problems are going to a couples therapist for a deep session.
FILMMAKER Q&A – Elwin Rijken – Director, Writer, Editor
OR: What was the inspiration for your film?
ER: My movie was grounded in two train of thoughts.
One was, can I make a movie that abandons continuity, creating mistakes in continuity in every single new shot. And to what effect?
The second one was, can I make a movie that picks a dramatic story arc to incorporate my editing experiment with.
With the pandemic times there are a lot of sad and tragic stories in the (local) news about domestic violence. This inspired me to make a small scale intimate shortfilm about this subject.
I am very much inspired by surrealist filmmakers like Luis Bunuel, Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman and love to work in the surrealistic genre and magic realistic genre. But I always want to keep the dramatic core grounded in reality.
The movie was made within the 48 Hour Film Project and our team picked the (psychological) horror genre.
OR: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?
ER: I had 48 hours to make the movie, so after I new I had to write a horror story, I thought of dramatic storylines and came up with the domestic abuse, because I think it’s a delicate and important tragic topic.
My idea for making a movie that plays with continuity could be incorporated in this story to show the disorientation and shocking nature of such a violent and broken relationship that you witness collapsing.
OR: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?
ER: For myself: to write, produce, direct and edit in 48 hours. I had little sleep haha. But luckily I also had a very nice team of 14 people (production and post production) to help me with all the other work and they did a great job. I am especially proud of the actors who did such emotional empathetic acting in such a short time. It was some intense acting work by Ineke, Frank and Askr and I am very happy with the result.
OR: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?
ER: To have made this movie within all the COVID restrictions, wearing masks on the set, keeping social distance. That made it extra difficult.
OR: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?
ER: Yes, keep making short films and do it for the passion of it. Learn while playing.