"I THINK IT IS NATURAL TO BRING SOMETHING NEW TO FILMS AND PUSH THE BOUNDARIES, BUT BEFORE THAT FILMMAKERS SHOULD KNOW THE RULES."

Barbora Kučeríková
Contactless
Nomination: Best Student Film
Screening Session: Feb 28 | Nominated Films  
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
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Do not touch, do not see each other, pay contactless and shoot about how we are trying to shoot movies.

 

Hi Barbora thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?

These times were a wild ride. All those restrictions changed my perception of the world and I found joy in little things. 

Has this time offered you any creative inspiration? 

Although I had so much free time, it was really hard for me to think creatively at the beginning. But as always boundaries were the perfect way to finding inspiration, even in a small apartment between four walls. 

Congratulations on having Contactless selected for the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?
 

I am really grateful to be part of your festival with all those wonderful films. These days watching it feels like traveling around the world. And I am also glad that I can share my carnation feelings with others via my camera. 

Can you tell me a little bit about Contactless, how did this film come about? 

Contactless is an intimate film from my small apartment in Czech republic. I was not able to meet my family in Slovakia during the pandemic and my life started to spin in circles. Social distance and stereotype in our small insides worlds - a story that many of us had lived through last months. 

What where the biggest challenges you faced brining your film to life? 

For me the biggest challenge was to create minimalist film showing my personal space. I am used to making stylized film, so it was hard for me to find a compromise between my style and realistic tendencies from pandemic feelings. 

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film? 

It is hard to say. This film was made in a very emotional time and it is like a time box for me. But if I had an option, I would definitely shoot Contactless with better camera equipment to bring better technological quality to it. 

Describe your film in three words? 

Living life contactless. 

Where did your passion for filmmaking come from? 

My passion for filmmaking came from my love for art. I love when a picture is talking to me and I have to think about that. I wanted to talk to people and doing it via 25 pictures in a second is a perfect way for me. 

What has been some of the best advice you’ve been give? 

My college professor told me to draw the first and the last shot of my film - it always helped me to think about what film I want to do and what the film is actually about. I apply this advice every time when writing a script. 

" I hope everyone will see their most loved ones in the end of the imaginary twine."

Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?


I think it is natural to bring something new to films and push the boundaries, but before that filmmakers should know the rules. You should always know why you do or do not make things like you want. 

Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker? 

The best way to understand a film is to understand art in general. 

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Contactless? 

I hope this film will share my emotion with other people who also lived last months contactless. I hope everyone will see their most loved ones in the end of the imaginary twine.

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