Marc Boumeester - Soft city

10:00, 2006, Experimental
Film on music about the interhuman relations in a Megacity (Tokyo)
DirectorMarc Boumeester


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Who is Marc Boumeester?Marc is a filmmaker by heart, but he doesn"t close his eyes for any new developments. When one is creative, there is no limit to what one can accomplish these days. No matter what form one is choosing at that point.

Why filmmaking?Marc"s strong believe is that the combination of visuals, sound, music and especially the amount of subjective influence one can lay on the audience by editing all kinds of input in ones product, is the only way to express oneself fully.

The film is about...His films are about human relationships, but always shown in the light where one lives/moves/behaves/hates/loves. Humans have build all cities, and so cities are human, to a certain point..

Financing your movie?Working in a very small team has the advantage that the actual filmmaking does not interfere with or has any significant influence on the subject one is filming. Therefore one has no need for much to grab the essence of a situation. Owning a camera and not taking it to interesting places is a sin. So financing is a matter of logistics.

New Media; a challenge for film makers?No, no, no film is the authentic new medium. But it was just a crucial step in getting from a medieval form like theatre to a grown-up modern (multi)medium. Bring in all the new steps and let"s get this thing go bigger. Never be afraid of change, quality stands.

Do your films have style, just as some painters have?Looking at people is like looking into your underwear after five days of continuous ware. You know it, but it is not always nice. Filming as gentle as one could be doing - without losing the essence - is the hardest challenge.

Individual film making or co-operation?If co-operation would mean I would not be entitled to vote "NO!", then rather not. But I"ve been working so many times, in so many fantastic groups in productions - which were in the end not even ours anymore just because of their own success - that I could not state in all sincereness that working alone is the only way.

Did you ever have another ambition in life than to become a filmmaker?To become an even better human being.

Digital or classic?HD is now very accessible. There is no substitute for cubic inches, the Americans say. They are right. Film is the ultimate. But in the end of the day, if your story is crap, not even 35mm can help you.

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