We are witnessing the life of a patriarchal and totalitarian community living in an isolated place after the death of the oldest man – their leader.
Hi Taisia thank you for talking to TNC, how are you handling the lockdown?
Hi TNC thank you for showing interest to my work!
Well, I take the lockdown very seriously. I follow all the government’s instructions and I feel responsible for keeping myself and hence other people safe from being infected. I have big admiration for the NHS workers and since staying home is the biggest thing I can do to help in this case I’m taking it very serious.
As a filmmaker is this experience providing you with some creative motivations?
I think this forced “slowing down” makes me feel I don’t want to waste a second on self- doubt. I just want to go for it and make the most of my time on this planet. I can feel now more acute than ever before that life is short and I should appreciate every second.
Your film Part Twelve has been selected for Music Video Category at the 2020 ÉCU Film Festival in Paris, what has it meant to you to be part of this unique film festival for independent filmmakers?
Oh, that means a lot to me. I applied with my short a couple of years ago and it was shortlisted but was not selected. So this time I felt like: ok, I’m moving forward, doors keep opening for me. It feels good.
Can you tell me a little bit about Part Twelve, what was the inspiration behind this music video?
The inspiration was Paul’s music. The first time I listened to the track I had a vision of this tribe that is performing some kind of ritualistic routine in which I felt there was both pleasure and pain. I saw this little girl among the group that was not very enthusiastic to do what everyone was doing and would find a way to disobey.
What was it about Paul Kalkbrenner's music that interested you so much as a director?
Paul’s music evokes very strong images by transmitting unique vibes but giving complete freedom to each individual to interpret it in their own way. Each track is a new opportunity for a journey.
Music Video is a new director for you, what made you want to enter into this commercial filmmaking scene?
I was writing my feature script for 3 years and my producer and I kept being refused by funds. So I felt I urgently needed to find a way to get back on set and tell my stories in a different format.
How important is the collaboration between director and musician when working on a music video like this?
It depends on the project and the artist. I’d say for me the most important is to treat the composition with extreme respect. It’s been already created by an artist and my duty is to come with the visuals that would emphasise the uniqueness of each track.
The video has been made with a lot of respect towards Paul’s music.
I’ve made a special scheme which reflected all the little changes in the composition, bar by bar, and choreographed every bit of the story accordingly.
"...I had no idea this was a sign I had a passion for filmmaking."
What was the most challenging aspect of bringing this Part Twelve to life?
Definitely self-doubt. Paul is a legendary artist, in particularly in Germany, and the responsibility was huge. And I kept thinking what was going to happen if I would not pull this very ambitious project off.
Looking back do you think there is anything you would have done differently?
Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?
That’s a difficult one. I would say I always had a passion for visual storytelling but I did not realise that it was a passion for filmmaking for a long time. For instance : if I liked a song when I was a child I would listen to it many many times and I would create a “music video” for it in my head, like a whole story. Sometimes I even imagined very exact dancing sequences and costumes. Yeah, it was like MTV inside my head. But I thought everyone would have the same thing going on in their heads like me and I had no idea this was a sign I had a passion for filmmaking.
What has been the best piece of advice you have been given when you started out?
To be honest, I don’t recall any very helpful advice that influenced me.
Do you have any tips or advice to offer filmmakers about to make their own debut film or music video?
Never give the power to other people to decide if you have a talent or not. If you have a passion that nurtures you - just go for it and try not to compare yourself with others.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I went back to my feature film script and I hope to get the film done finally. Plus there are some music video projects that were postponed because of the COVID-19 situation.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Part Twelve?
I would prefer to give the audience complete freedom and decide for themselves if there is something in the film that resonates with them that they can possibly take away from it.