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Interview with Tanja Blume

Writer/Director/Producer of

Tanja Blume

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

To be very honest, I don’t think I remember all the details of how and why this project started. I remember sitting in school and talking to a friend, and for some reason we were talking about how we (human beings) don’t know how we influence someone’s life without even knowing it. Just taking a day out of the life of a person, in our case a woman, and watching what happens throughout one single day. Our actions have an effect on people’s lives, no matter how small and insignificant, we think, this action was. We also don’t know what someone may have gone through in the past and what a small gesture, good or bad, can do with them. And I guess I just wanted to bring some awareness and thought to people.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

A constant challenge that stayed with my throughout the entire process has been: how do I deal with my doubts and my knowing of the fact that I don’t know? What I mean is that from the moment you finish your screenplay you will re-read it. Over and over again and you will need to keep adjusting because your vision changes or maybe it’s too long or you might change your mind about certain details. Your work is constantly changing. When you get to pre-production, at least for me, it’s been very difficult to trust my ideas because I knew that I didn’t have the experience, yet, when it comes to making a film. So I tried to do extended research on all things camera, sound, light etc. and I tried to find people who, I knew, had the experience and advice that I needed to create this project together. Learning that you constantly need to adjust the way you work with and on your script. AND learning that you cannot hold on to all scenes, even though you love them, but they might not work together with the entirety of the project, I think, will be something all filmmakers have to deal with for as long as they create.

How has the short film been received?

The short film has received some very good feedback by its audience and has been selected for some film festivals as well. While my intention wasn’t necessarily to submit to a lot of festivals, but rather just to male the film and see where it will go, I am super impressed with how far its come and what we have achieved with it. Also keeping in mind that this is the first project I have tackled as a filmmaker.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I am currently working on a series of short films that will hopefully become one whole project in the end. It will be an experimental series with approximately 10 episodes, each being about 3 to 5 minutes long. I am aiming for this project to be shot in multiple places and with a wide range of different people and their stories. I want this project to be about people, with and for people and I know that I still have a lot to learn, so I am convinced that this project will be a marathon rather than a sprint. I am also currently working on a photo series, which will be used as inspiration for another short film have yet to start on but I am motivated and I am really looking forward to working with people, in-person, again!

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Coming from a place where I had no idea how to go about anything regarding making any type of film, I think it is super important to find yourself some people that inspire you; people that you connect with and that you feel you can ask about their experiences and that will gladly share their knowledge with you. I was very lucky to have a skilled Director of Photography, that I was working very closely with, and that I trusted, with his expertise, to help me envision what, in the beginning, I didn’t even think was doable. And also: just do it! I think if you have a story that you would love to tell or just an idea that you really want to share with people: get started! Tell people about it and find yourself those ones that want to help you along the way. Learning-by-doing is how I started with my first project and I believe it will always be a learning-by-doing experience, no matter how many projects you have completed. Be confident and then do it!

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