interviews Julian Tramper


Today we share with you part 4 in the ‘ interviews’ series. By Constant Hoogenbosch and Julian Tramper.

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What is it that appeals to you about the short film?

I like to share my experiences with as many people as possible. With short films I can reach a very big audience because it is easy to share my work using online platforms such as YouTube. This also means that viewers have endless opportunities to watch my movies, for example during breakfast or when waiting for the train.

What qualities do you believe make a good short film?

Any short film that is able to convey an interesting story to the viewer is in principle a good short film. Often, this means that you need a good narrative. Good movies convey a message and grab your attention from the very beginning till the very end.

To what extent is making short films a stepping stone to making feature films?

I don’t consider short films as a stepping stone to feature films. I rather consider it as a separate genre, which is popular by a different public.

What is the most challenging aspect of making short films?

The most challenging part is to tell a good story within a short amount of time. This also means that you need to be very critical about the footage you want to use. I sometimes decide to discard good quality shots if they do not contribute to the message that I want to convey.

Do you have a preference to a certain genre?

I really prefer filming nature and landscapes. For me, the natural world is like a world-renowned museum with an ever-changing collection of art. Sharing those pieces of art with others still is my main incentive to make movies.

You shot your films on a lot of different locations – what attracts you these specific locations?

I travel a lot to various locations around the world. Often, l look for locations of exceptional natural beauty which are not very well known, such as Christmas Island with interesting fauna or the active volcano Mount Yasur in Vanuatu. Here, the world showcases its best pieces of art, without having all the crowds. On the other hand, I like filming at locations where nature meets culture, such as Kinderdijk with its windmills beautifully located in the countryside, or Easter Island with its famous row of statues along a rugged coastline.

Time lapse plays a prominent role in your films – why do you to use this technique?

Watching landscape movies can be quite boring. For example, there is not a lot of movement when looking at a row of statues. Time lapse photography allows me to make natural scenes more interesting because it makes them more dynamic. Besides that, to make time lapses you need to stay at the same spot for quite a long time. This forces you to slow down. It makes you more aware of your surroundings.

Do you think it is possible to use time lapse as a part of a narrative?

I always try to tell a story, even when making time lapse movies. For example, in my film about Amsterdam, I start with a shot of the big “I Amsterdam” letters in front of the Rijksmuseum, so that viewers know that they are in Amsterdam. Then, they travel with me along the canals of Amsterdam, ending at the waterfront. There, a cruise ship is just leaving the cruise terminal heading towards open sea, meaning: “we are leaving, this is the end”.

Could you name one or two filmmakers that you consider great influences?

Geoff Tompkinson combines time lapse with new techniques, such as “hyperzoom”, to create really spectacular videos. It was one of his movies that inspired me to start time lapsing. Another great time lapser is Nicolaus Wegner who makes epic time lapses of thunderstorms.

What are you working on next? Do you already have a new project in mind?

I will continue traveling to remote and foreign places to capture nature’s beauty, because my aim is to share the world’s greatest places with as many people as possible. My next destination is the Faroe Islands, where I hope to capture stunning landscapes and skyscapes.

Allons-y à BRUXELLES: een 4K time lapse video from historic Brussel (Belgium) by Julian.


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