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Dré Didderiëns - Met de trein door de straat, alfama, rode wijn natte voeten

25:00, 2011, Documentary
My first ever short movie is about a train machinist whom’s life is hanging on a thin wire....madly in love with rabbits and trains. It’s a film that was shot with a small camera...in black and white (always my favourite colours). I’d won my first film festival with this one and I was stunned... Winning a festival with a film which I completely made on my own, never learned how to do it, just done by feeling and fantasy.

Of course I had a lot of experience by doing art school (painting and photography), writing songs and music, touring Europe with these own songs and most of all I learned by watching the world by travelling and those old movies in my younger days. Now I know that I love to shoot documentary films the most, I love to get into other people’s lives, follow them with my camera and trying to get closer all the time. I love to listen to stories that they tell.. It’s never boring as long as you move with your camera at the right direction and open your eyes and ears at the right moment.

It’s like watching a movie where you can control it all by yourself. I don’t like to ask many questions....It’s better to be quiet so they forget that you’re there. At those moments I shoot the best material. Since a small four years is filmmaking a huge part of my life. There isn’t anything else I would love to do....within my filmmaking I have a lovely relationship that also gives me the strength to go on when times aren’t easy...But I’m always filming, it starts when I wake up and it stops....only when I see a good concert, have a nice cooked meal or make.....love.........
DirectorDré DidderiënsProducerDré Didderiëns

CountryNetherlandsEdition2006

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Who is Dré Didderiëns?
Hi, my interest for art, photography, music and film started when I was very young. I was always a bad learner on school but with art and musicclasses I was the one who came alive. I was always daydreaming, watching the hours go by in the classroom by counting birds who flew by the window.....and making funny noises when I saw them.....then I had to leave the class on my own (punishment) and feeling free again like those birds. I’d always hated school but loved daydreaming.

Why filmmaking?
In my younger days, when we had a black and white tv, my father always woke us to watch in the middle of the night the boxfights of Mohammed Ali...I was always lazy but watching another world in a box was stunning to me, it gave me ideas...I could travel the world just by sitting on my bottom and only move my eyes... I always played a role after I’ve watched black and white movies on the tv. Sometimes I was a hero, but most of the times I’d loved to play the bad guy...I think that those times were very important to me for my further life as a artist, songwriter and later... Filmmaker.

Your work is about...
My first ever short movie is about a train machinist whom’s life is hanging on a thin wire....madly in love with rabbits and trains. It’s a film that was shot with a small camera...in black and white (always my favourite colours). I’d won my first filmfestival with this one and I was stunned... Winning a festival with a film which I completely made on my own, never learned how to do it, just done by feeling and fantasy. Of course I had a lot of experience by doing artschool (painting and photography), writing songs and music, touring Europe with these own songs and most of all I learned by watching the world by traveling and those old movies in my younger days. Now I know that I love to shoot documentary films the most, I love to get into other people’s lives, follow them with my camera and trying to get closer all the time. I love to listen to stories that they tell.. It’s never boring as long as you move with your camera at the right direction and open your eyes and ears at the right moment.
It’s like watching a movie where you can control it all by yourself. I don’t like to ask many questions....It’s better to be queit so they forget that you’re there. At those moments I shoot the best material. Since a small four years is filmmaking a huge part of my life. There isn’t anything else I would love to do....within my filmmaking I have a lovely relationship that also gives me the strenght to go on when times aren’t easy...But I’m always filming, it starts when I wake up and it stops....only when I see a good concert, have a nice cooked meal or make.....love.........

Financing your movie?
In most of my films I have to work with actors and others who love to play even if they won’t get payed...it’s a pity but until now it wasn’t easy to get money for a film....I most say that I also didn’t really try to get a funding...I was afraid that those people would interupt when they would finance my film.
My last film, a 3part film. A short movie, a short documentairyfilm and a videoclip was financed and for the first time it was great to do more, use better materials, pay some people a little for their jobs and so on... It worked out very well and hope to go on with working this way. It’s great to get money for your ideas so you can work them out in a much better way...otherwise you get stock after a while.

New Media; a challenge for film makers?
I’m not really have an idea about the new Media... I still love to work in a old fashion way and hope to shoot a documentairyfilm in 16 or 35 mm....that’s still my favourite. But I think that we also have to move on and use the new Media in all the way we can....doesn’t mean that I have to follow........

Do your films have style, just as some painters have?
I think that I have a certain style, even though I can’t discribe it really. But I’m more of a filmer who follows the heart and using my eyes faster than my camera. I’d never learned how to use a camera or how to edit...but sometimes people tell me that they can see this but like it anyway....maybe becouse I’m not busy with how to do it but what to do with it......and use my instinct. I’m more a fox where you never can tell where or when he will catch a big fat chicken....always hungry for filming.
I have a feeling for music, timing, emotions and ....silence.

Influences?
Like I said before...it’s the black and white movies I prefer, I love the humor and dialogs of Woody Allen, I love the slow movements of Japanese or Chinese films and I love 16 and 35 mm films... I read art- and historybooks, love to listen to Jazz or the music of Nick Drake, Townes von Zandt, I love to travel... Ireland, where I lived 8 years it’s still my special place.....

Individual film making or co-operation?
Every filmmaker should be on his own and knowing a lot of different things that has to do with this work....I always like to work with other people as long as I can be in control and be aware that my idea goes the way I want it to....it doesn’t mean that I dont’s listen to suggestions of others...No I like to hear them and sometimes if another hint is better...than I use it, becouse at the end it’s the film which should always be important.. More than meself.

Future...
I always have dreams and plans. Too many......but I hope to work on new documentary films, I have ideas and plans worked out and I’m working now on them to get finance.
There’s also an scenario worked out for a big Movie...and scenario’s for short movies....I always write...sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I start writing.....sometimes when I drive my car, I have to stop somewhere and start writing....always......

Did you ever have another ambition in life than to become a filmmaker?
Yes and No......art and music is also a form of filmmaking, I don’t see the difference....as long as I can be meself and continue and working out new ideas, I’m happy.

Digital or classic?
I prefer 16 or 35 mm, but it’s so expensive... But I keep on working on them, it’s a goal.
One day I will shoot this way. At this moment I work on dvcam, I have 2 camera’s...the same ones...I like to shoot with both of them at the same time...I also have a perfect 16mm camera...but until now I didn’t use it.....for the reason I named already.
There are also new ways to shoot on HD with other lenses so you get the feel of 35 mm......

View other work of Dré Didderiëns
For those who are interested...look at http://www.dredidderiens.nl (info and photo’s) or NFTVM (showreel). I participated in some filmfestivals in the Netherlands (best film 2004 with my debutfilm TREINTJES EN KONIJNTJES) and a filmfestival in Germany. I hope to get more time in the future to send in some of my documentairyfilms for other festivals.

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