Interview with Guido Coppis


Today we share another interview in the ‘shrtfilm interviews’ with filmmakers. Our guest: Guido Coppis.

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Guido Coppis

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

Being able to tell a story in a short period of time. Not only that, I think short films are more appealing to my audience, people generally don’t want to spend a lot of time watching a long film, it makes it easier for me as a filmmaker to get known across an wider audience.

What qualities do you believe make a good short film?

A solid story and an interesting visual style.

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

I think making a short film is brilliant training if you want to make a feature. A feature gives you much more time to tell your story, in a short you need to tell you story in a small amount of time. I think this teaches you to tell your story in a feature way more effectively.

What is the most challenging aspect of making short films?

In my case my films barely have any budget at all, so it’s always a challenge to figure out how we are going to do certain things. In the end we always figure out a way to get it done, it’s very rewarding to watch your film when it’s finished and think about all the trouble we had to go through to achieve it.

Do you have a preference to a certain genre?

Yes, drama is my bread and butter.

What do you like most when making a short film – writing the script – directing – camera?

Directing is my favourite part of the process. I really like that as a director that I’m able to control every aspect of my film. My favourite aspect of directing is definitely working with my actors, figuring out with them how their character fits in the story, what they want their character to feel like, what I want the character to feel like. Finding that perfect balance between what they want and I want is great. In addition to that I really enjoy working with my DOP to find the best fitting visual style.

Do you work with a script – where do you get the inspiration from?

Yes I work with a script, it may sound cliche, but I get my inspiration from people around me. People intruige me, every single individual has an interesting story.

Do you leave room for improvisation?

Absolutely, while filming we usually get the best ideas. As far as actors go, I’m pretty strict in my directions of what I want from them, however it’s what feels right too, both for them and for me so I give my actors their room to improvise.

Did you receive funding for your project?

For CROWN I did not, most of my films don’t have any budget at all. As of right now I’m working on a film with a very small budget, even though it’s not a big budget at all it still allows me to have more freedom of what I want to do in my film.

How did you go about assembling a film crew and actors?

Most of the crew is from the school I’m currently in. The actors from CROWN are people who I have worked with before. For other projects, including the project I’m currently working on I get my cast primarily online. One exception is my lead actor, I met him through a art competition named Kunstbende.

What did you use to edit the film?

Adobe Premiere Pro

What camera did you shoot on?

A Sony A7s

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

Yes, I’d say that Michael Haneke and Mees Peijnenburg are great influence’s for me.

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

Yes, it’s the project I mentioned in other questions. It’s called IJzer In Mijn Aderen which is about a small family where a mother called Erica gets breast cancer. Her husband Marcel, decides to suddenly leave the family, which leaves Jonas, their son, to take care of his sick mother. Jonas stands by his mother side to fight the cancer, the absence of his father however slowly becomes too much…

What advice would you give to other short filmmakers?

Well another cliché, make short films, no matter what camera or budget you have. Anyone can make a short.

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