Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Take 5 with Birthday

The 7th annual Oxford Film Festival is getting closer every day. Before we kick off another fun-packed festival, we thought we would take fivewith filmmakers and get to know them just a little better.

Hans Stiritz film, "Birthday" screens Friday at 4:20 and Sunday at 5 p.m. 

OFF: In 10 words, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

HS: A reminder to savor every moment with people you love.

OFF: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

HS: Lesson learned? Big picture: no excuses for not making your film -- just get it done with the tools and resources you have in front of you right now. Little detail: even if the frame rate is correct, shutter speed makes a big difference in getting that "film" look! Best part? Getting to share something beautiful with an audience.

OFF: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
HS: I loved movies growing up, and I got into the business right out of school as a scoring composer for commercial and corporate projects (also a few small, indy films). Started motion picture editing about ten years ago, and found it to be a very natural extension of my work manipulating sound and music. Then a few years ago I added shooting to my bag of tricks (I've also had a lifelong interest in photography), and things have continued to snowball from there.

I love the emotional impact of the synthesis of visual motion (both camera and subject), montage (the edited sequence of image), and music. I also love how filmmaking, like music, has the capacity to tell incredibly rich, meaningful stories without the use -- or limitations -- of words.

OFF: What’s your dream distribution plan for the film? What’s the future hold in store for your film and for you?

HS: As for "Birthday," I'll be happy to see it play a few more festivals, then put it on-line for the rest of the world to check it out (you can see the trailer at www.eveningfilms.com/birthday). And for my work, I have several ideas for features that I'm currently knocking around to see which one(s) will end up having enough staying power to keep me motivated to get them into production.

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