What non-film medium most influences your work and why?
Going really broad, it can be anything from a certain song, the passing mountains, a scene in a movie. Sometimes it takes time, sometimes it’s right there.
What was the “ah-ha” moment in the decision to revolve your entire short film around Dunbar's poem?
The idea of a poem or at least a voiceover was there from the very beginning. We made a whole bunch of car films in the past and given the timeframe, availability and plot ideas it became obvious shooting a real story was impossible. I actually found the poem a couple days before the shoot.
How does a film’s soundtrack affect the way the story is told?
Coming full circle to the first question, score and soundtrack. For me, a score is there to enhance, to embed. A soundtrack on the other hand grabs you, takes your attention and pushes the visuals back for a while. A score can slightly shift a perspective, change a mood. A soundtrack creates its own mood and the story plays within. Think of the Lord of the Rings versus La La Land. One stays true to itself, the other creates his own world just through the audio.