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Dave Zijlstra - Nur ein baum kann mich noch retten

5:00, 2006, Video Art
 
Nur ein Baum kann mich noch retten was a serious attempt to find that meaningful application of the image. The title refers to that. Inspired by pre-cubistic work of George Braque I hoped filming trees could possibly show me a valuable content. But it left me with questions, again. Maybe predictable, but making no images or stop asking these questions, would leave me with no possibility to get surprised at all, so I have to continue,
it’s what I do, it’s what I am, these are the questions I want to ask about myself as an image-maker and about the human visual condition.
DirectorDave Zijlstra
 

CountryNetherlandsEdition2006
 

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Who is Dave Zijlstra?
I graduated in 2004 at the art academy of Den Haag in The Netherlands, at the photography department. In 2005 I worked on the production of my first short film De achtste verdieping (The eighth floor), which was completed in January this year and had it’s first screening in April. My latest work is Nur ein baum kann mich noch retten, deel I, II en III (Only a tree can save me, part one, two and three).


Why filmmaking?
The main concept of my work is a personal search for a meaningful application of the image. At first this search was concentrated on photography, but facing dead end streets, I switched to film, to continue my search. Besides that: I love film, perhaps some love can get me on the right track.


Nur ein Baum is about...
Nur ein Baum kann mich noch retten was a serious attempt to find that meaningful application of the image. The title refers to that. Inspired by pre-cubistic work of George Braque I hoped filming trees could possibly show me a valuable content. But it left me with questions, again. Maybe
Predictable, but making no images or stop asking these questions, would leave me with no possibility to get surprised at all, so I have to continue, it’s what I do, it’s what I am, these are the questions I want to ask about myself as an image-maker and about the human visual condition.


Financing your movie?
It’s a no-no-budget film. I own the camera I used and I still had some tapes left from other projects.


New Media; a challenge for film makers?
The new media are part of contemporary visual life, therefore interesting to work with and to ask questions about.


Do your films have a specific style?
I think my style is mainly conceptual. That’s what combines my projects over the last years. How I use the camera or how I edit depends on the project and the process.


Influences?
I love contemporary Japanese art house films. That must have influenced me. More direct is the influence of philosophers. The questions they ask inspire me.


Which film related websites do you frequent?
Cinema.nl, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Filmfestival.nl


Individual film making or co-operation?
It depends on the project. For Nur ein baum kann mich noch retten I did the whole process of film making on my own. My short film production De achtste verdieping asked for co-operation with actors, assistants, sound man and a composer. So far I do the camera, editing, concept and directing myself.


Your plans and dreams...
I’m working on a production for a second short film (drama/fiction). Besides that I’m working on other experimental shorts and also on an idea for a short documentary. My dream is no more than continuing my work and to make a feature film one day.


Did you ever had another ambition in life than to become a filmmaker?
In order of appearance: actor, singer/song writer, novelist, photographer, philosopher.


Digital or classic?
I’ve never worked with any classic format before, but I would like to try it one day. I own a simple consumer miniDV camcorder, used the more professional Panasonic AG-DVX100AE for my short, and hope to buy my own Panasonic camera later this year. Anyone wants to sell me one for cheap?


View other work of Dave Zijlstra
Visit my site for more information: Dave Zijlstra


All other remarks
Success with the festival!
 

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