part of a latvian team of videomakers
Interview: 10 questions
1. Tell me something about your life and the educational background
I’m a producer and director with more than 15 years experience in video. I work freelance on documentaries and corporate films, commercials, adaptations for Baltic region, graphic clips, sound design and music clips. Opera Heartbeats was my debut in video art and you can see clearly that it was influenced pretty much by my previous experience. I wanted to create something with content which still can be considered as a video art.
2. When, how and why started you filming?
We started 2010 and worked on the project for a year. Why we started? Well, because the idea was sitting inside us all and made us feel hungry for making it real.
3. What kind of subjects have your films?
I have a few documentaries about architecture, a few projects with social end environmental background and video art project about Latvian opera singer where the main subject is her feelings before, on and after the stage. How the feeling of particular moment effects the processes in her professional and personal life and vice versus.
4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?
I mostly trust my sixth sense and experience. Also, I very trust my team according to some creative and technical solutions. I think in 21st century the role of established principles is going to the background and personality plays the main role.
5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.
We used Canon EOS 7D to film our video art project Opera Heartbeats, but usually I like to experiment with cameras and I choose them according to project’s idea, requirements etc.
6. The field of “art and moving images” (one may call it videoart or also differently) is is manifesting itself as an important position in contemporary art. Tell me more about your personal position and how you see the future of this field ( your personal future and the future of “art and moving images”)
I feel like video art as a genre is all about experiment, seeking and finding new approaches. The fact that results of this experiment is not predictible makes this genre so intriguing. I think it has a splendid future, specially if it will go beyond being just an art of moving images. Following the very new technologic tendencies and having clear message can bring this genre in the very front.
7. How do you finance your films?
State funds, international funds, sponsors and I also invest lot of my own resources.
8. Do you work individually as a video artist/film maker or do you work in a team? if you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?
I usually work with my team that changes with every project. We had an international team on Opera Heartbeats for example. We had Norwegian, Finnish, Italian and Latvian crew members. I liked actually the mix of different cultures within our team, that brings together very different experiences and I believe it just helps to develop both project and our skills, knowledge too.
9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?
I mostly try not to be deeply influenced by someone or something, I try to be myself. If we talk about this particular project I couldn’t edit Disappointment part for a very ling time, there was something missing until a saw Tom Ford’s movie A Single Man. I got the idea and mood right away.
10. What are your plans or dreams as a film/video maker?
Can works of yours viewed online besides on CologneOFF or VideoChannel? Where?
List some links & resources