I am a dreamer and a knucklehead, always hopeful of adventure and stories worth telling. For it is stories that make us dream and dreams that make us spread our wings and fly to wherever we want from wherever we are. If life treats you well, make your lemonade. And if it doesn't, always remember that tomorrow the birds will sing.
What initially inspired me were the classics. As I increasingly started to question contemporary commercial productions, I journeyed back to day one of filmmaking. Beginning with Georges Méliès' 'A Trip to the Moon', I dived into storytelling of the old days and fell in love with their simplicity in means, yet their complexity in story. Films like M, Double Indemnity, and It Happened One Night now count to my favourites and wherever I see a relation to them, my heart starts to beat faster. It is, however, especially the use of film scores, which have that emotional power I aim to get from film. This is why movies like Le Mépris and Cinema Paradiso will always rank high on my list. All it takes is a piece from Ennio Morricone and I am elevated into a cinematic world that seems to need no visuals anymore. It is that power of music that I seek to incorporate in my directing. I believe that a picture can have you shaking in your boots, cry rivers or unite worlds. I believe that a piece of music can do the same. And I also believe, that combining visuals and music can turn the spectacle into something truly magical.
In the end, Fritz Lang summarises my goal for filmmaking: “There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator”. To me, the heart is the birthplace of those stories that let us escape into a different world. The cheer memory of a single scene awakes emotions we thought forgotten. I believe that the proper use of visuals and music can elicit these emotional narratives and I want to make it my mission to create powerful examples.
I am currently studying Directing for Film and Television (MA) at Bournemouth University. If you need a helping hand, an AD or a chat about the good and the bad, do holler for me.
The Darby Case
Best Film - IMEM Film Festival (Netherlands)