I apologise for the absence from my website, I am now in london in what is called prep for my next film, Golden Age..
Prep means pre-production. It’s what we do so that a film moves smoothly when u are shooting it. Theoretically.
But I am a very organic film maker and believe that I do not direct, as much as create an envioroment in which a film can grow. Organically. Which is only possible if I allow a sense of chaos to enter into the process of film making.
Chaso does not mean not anarchy, but the letting go of all structure. Ensuring that everything becomes seamless. For without chaos, without the letting go of structure, how does creativity emerge ?
So I often get asked if intense preparation and then to allow everything to fall into chaos is not completely contradictory. Not at all. It’s like people that practice meditation for years, only so that they can the allow shunyata or nothingness, or disorder, or lack of structure, or chaos, whatever term you would like to use, to take over completely.
Mere chaos is not enough though, for chaos merely does away with imposed structure. Beyond chaos one needs to find harmony. Like being able to tune in to a chanel.
It’s the years of discipline that musicians need, for example, in their craft, so that when he or she merely lets go, they can find harmony. It’s the way a dancer will train her body for years to become an instrument that tunes her to seek harmony.
And what is this harmony that I look for, and more often than not, do not suceed ? It is where, in a creative endeavour, the self dissoves and another force takes over.
Did I make sense ?
I know it’s all contradiction, but then the Universe is held together only by contradictions. You and I exist only in contradictio between existence and no- existence. Figure that one out.
And may the force be with you !