We asked Auke to react to three quotes by three creatives:
“An idea for a film is, in my opinion, nothing. For me, there must be a sort of illumination of something that will crystallize in me. […] It’s a sort of vague question I’m asking myself. […] Normally, I start stupid and the film makes me ask the question more and more intelligently. “
– Claire Denis
I assume that for every film maker the story to be told starts with a tiny piece of the puzzle that * poof * originates somewhere in the crevices of the brain. And from there all the cogs turn. That start might be a question, or a word, or a restriction you impose on yourself. With me these ideas arise suspiciously often in the shower, on the toilet or when I am busy pacing in my workplace.
“The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.”
– Peter Jackson
Making a movie for yourself sounds great, of course, but I always make movies with the viewer in my head. If I were told today that no one else can watch my movies except myself, I would immediately stop filmmaking. In 2015 I did 6 artist residences in 6 countries in 6 months together with Ruth Taylor (freelance 3D Animator and full time girlfriend). There I did a lot of work and a lot for myself. That’s great, but at the end of our trip I was really craving commissioned work. It could be a moderate compliment from a customer or a YouTube comment looking for meanings behind things that were never meant to be. When I make, I do it more for that than for myself.
“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now. ”
– Dorothea Tanning
Yes, I agree. In difficult times such as wars, crises and at 2:30 pm during a meeting, when you actually had to send a file to Kirsten from the administration an hour ago, art can play an important role in getting people out of it. I don’t know if it is “the” raft, but at least an important one. In addition, I think that it not only applies to the common sense of the spectator, but I think that the maker benefits just as much if not more. This would be nice if I had a nice anecdote about a difficult period that I had and that a specific piece of art helped me through this. But I don’t have one. But Dorothea Tanning was 91 when she came up with this quote. Perhaps in 60 years I will be full of juicy anecdotes.
Interested in Auke’s work? Watch the making of of the music video of “Read Between The Lines“: