Tapes From The Revolutionary : SHORTLISTED for The Skinny Film Competition 2015.

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Tapes From The Revolutionary has been shortlisted for The Skinnys Film Competition 2015. In their own words, The Skinny Short Film Competition is The Skinny’s annual contest to showcase the best new short filmmaking talent, and help new short filmmakers take their creative vision to new heights.

This year the competition was open to all of the UK so I am pretty chuffed for the film to be shortlisted.

An interview about Tapes From The Revolutionary can be read here along with the film:

Filmmaker’s Q&A Shortlisted in The Skinny Short Film Competition 2015, director Scott Willis explains the inspirations and process behind his film, Tapes From Revolutionary:

Filmmaker’s Q&A:

What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a filmmaker. My motivation is that I simply have a passion for storytelling.

Where did the initial idea for your film come from?
I was intrigued to play with the role of author. After discovering Hi8 tapes from a self-proclaimed political revolutionary, I wanted to experiment with what would happen if I gave full control to my participant as the filmmaker; reverse the salvage paradigm. Bad move. We had arguments and I lost control of where the film was going. However, this made the film richer. It became self-aware, and asked questions about why filmmakers create and how others see the world.

Describe your film in five words?
Reflexive form served on ceramic.

What excites you most about filmmaking?
As a filmmaker, I get excited by the process of collecting materials from the idea of an objective reality, similar to modernist art. It is the deconstruction of those findings within post-production that excites me; new meanings emerge and the world becomes more intriguing. I get a comfort from the delusion that I am able to make sense of it all. When watching the work of fellow filmmakers, I can see how they interpret the world. That is exciting.

What advice would you give other filmmakers?
The advice I would give to other filmmakers is to ignore your condescending uncle

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Tapes From The Revolutionary : The Skinny Shortlisted Film Competition 2015

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Tapes From The Revolutionary has been shortlisted for The Skinnys Film Competition 2015. Good times! In their own words, The Skinny Short Film Competition is The Skinny’s annual contest to showcase the best new short film making talent, and help new short filmmakers take their creative vision to new heights.

This year the competition was open to all of the UK so I am pretty chuffed for the film to be shortlisted. The judging panel for The Skinny Short Film Competition 2015 includes Glasgow Short Film Festival director Matt Lloyd, filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins, producer Rosie Crerar and The Skinny’s film editor Jamie Dunn.

Tapes From The Revolutionary is a personal film where I met Andy, a self-proclaimed communist revolutionary that documents his life on a Hi-8 camcorder. Aiming to understand the purpose behind the tapes I began to film Andy, however he had his own agenda for the project.

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I wanted to experiment with what would happen if I gave full control to my participant as the filmmaker. This led to creative differences. We had arguments. I lost control of where the film was going. Alot was at stake, with this being my graduation film. What if I was to fail uni?

However by including this tension made the film richer. It became self-aware and asked questions about why filmmakers create and how others see the world. One year later, I received a phone call from Andy. Was there still tension between us?

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