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Ruud Terhaag - Pendule and two kings

7:20, 2006, Video Art
The film is about the decreasing swinging of a pendule. For the character in the film, the elements are changing in bizarre manners, rain, sun and moon change in it's form and time slows down.

The story is longer
and the film begins after the middle of it. I think that is what makes the film
quite abstract. The link with my life is that I think a lot about the
complexity of nature. I'm inquisitive to the mechanics behind it.
DirectorRuud Terhaag

Edition2006

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Interview

Who is Ruud ter Haag?I was born in 1976 near Venlo. Starting with drawing. At young age I used the old commodore computers (C64/AMIGA). After Multimedia education in Eindhoven I worked at Karma-studios game company in Arnhem, as lead 3d-designer on several Nintendo titles. The need to experiment with different media techniques made me decide to study animation film at AKV St. Joost in Breda. I worked on some high-tech theatre productions as New Game, directed by Edit Kaldor and Body
Space.
Currently developing Body _Society, co-produced by Simon Verheijden. A production which will show specially made digital film on a blind wall of the Kennedy Business Centre in Eindhoven. This project will be continued as a public exposition place for several (film) artists, for a period of two years.

Why filmmaking?The complexity of it. I find it interesting. You can magnify these small moments in life, which are sometimes great, to make it an universe of it"s own. Also it?s a nice form to communicate feelings and thoughts. I think there"s still a lot of un-explored terrain in film.

Pendule is about...Haha... About "time". The film is about the decreasing swinging of a pendule. For the character in the film, the elements are changing in bizarre manners, rain, sun and moon change in it"s form and time slows down. The story is longer and the film begins after the middle of it. I think that is what makes the film quite abstract. The link with my life is that I think a lot about the
Complexity of nature. I"m inquisitive to the mechanics behind it.

Financing your movie?For Pendule I didn"t have time to try to get funding. I worked with friends and connections. Some people who wanted to participate I found on the web. I paid catering, travel-expenses and some technical stuff with my own money. At the end it was a lot more than thousand Euro.

New Media; a challenge for film makers?I think with new media there really are endless new ways to make film. For example Sony"s UMD is a way to bring a film on the market with several different endings. No, not on one disk. Because film on PSP is an individual experience you can create discussions after individual screenings. Everyone then had another experience with the film. Also "The Blairwitch Project" was promoted on the internet in such way that it made the film far more scary. I like this way of using different media. Still I hope the celluloid isn"t dying.

Do films have style, just as some painters have?Yeah, really. Even a commercial project like Alien4 is a typical Jean Pierre Jeunet-film. I consider my films having a dark style. Unheimlich. Like dreams. They are always a bit strange and unpredictable.

Influences?Some books like "The Secrets of the Wild Forest" and "Letter for the King" (Tonke Dragt), Brothers Lionhart (Astrid Lindgren). I think because the story"s are telling about life itself. Everything: romances, losts, dying etc. Very recognizable.

Individual film making or co-operation?Prefer to work with or in a (small) team. My specialty is the visual work I think but I want to work more with content, like human experiences. Animators are quite monks :)

Future...Ambition to make some films from Juvenile Books like Guus Kuier (The black stones) or Jan Terlouw (Koning van Kantoren) and make it as a really artistic but emotional mature movie. Also to make film for the international market. I don"t like the typical and traditional Dutchness of Dutch movies. (I"m not saying that I find all Dutch movies bad).

Did you ever had another ambition in life than to become a filmmaker?Become a animationfilmmaker... Architect. I wanted to become an Architect. I found out that buildings can have stories but they can"t move so I chose to animate.

Digital or classic?I Prefer HD and I still don"t have my own equipment.

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