Franka Hörnschemeyer, Relais, 2007
“ Franka Hörnschemeyer, who lives and works in Berlin, focuses her work on a multifaceted approach to redefining spatial conditions. As she explains, “To me a space represents a construction made up of social, historical, and psychological relationships that are constantly in an interplay with people. I examine these relationships and reorganize them.” As a rule, Hörnschemeyer’s special constructions are developed site-specifically, challenging the viewer to explore them through movement…. These prints, in form of layouts, allow us to understand the transparency of special systems, which run through the construction like labyrinths. “ →
Directed by Christian Weisenborn and Erwin Keusch, I Am My Films: A Portrait of Werner Herzog (1978) explores the life and work of contemporary filmmaker. The documentary features extensive interviews with Herzog as he discusses his impoverished childhood and his obsession with filmmaking, which bloomed early. The interview footage is interspersed with clips from some of the director’s many films from the 1960s and 1970s, including some from his first feature film, and his first major commercial and critical success, Signs of Life, which he made using a stolen camera.
Herzog shared his wisdom and experience with a rapt audience at last year’s Locarno Film Festival. Among the many pieces of advice were the following, compiled by Indiewire. See their post for more essential highlights from this fascinating session. —Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School: Apply & Learn the Art of Guerilla Filmmaking & Lock-Picking
- It’s a very dangerous thing to have a video village, a video output. Avoid it. Shut it down. Throw it into the next river. You have an actor, and people that close all staring at the monitor gives a false feeling; that ‘feel good’ feeling of security. It’s always misleading. You have to avoid it.
- I always do the slate board; I want to be the last one from the actors on one side and the technical apparatus on the other side. I’m the last one and then things roll. You don’t have to be a dictator.
- Never show anyone in a documentary, rushes. They’ll become self-conscious. Never ever do that.
- Sometimes it’s good to leave your character alone so no one can predict what is going to happen next. Sometimes these moments are very telling and moving.
- Dismiss the culture of complaint you hear everywhere.
- You should always try to find a way deep into someone. No one would ever, ever, ever ask—no journalist, no filmmaker would ever ask “Tell me about an encounter with a squirrel.”
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