Reel Islington: Q&A with director Dave Lojek
I have been directing short films since 2005. I’ve also worked as a poet and creative writing mentor for many years.
2) How did you get into filmmaking?
Before my film career I graduated with an MA degree in English and Cultural Studies from Humboldt University Berlin. My thesis dealt with cyberfiction and the film ‘The Matrix’.
I found a leaflet saying “Shoot, cut & go” in 2005. It promoted the KinoKabaret, which I joined. Now I am the most experienced “kinoite” on the planet, I suppose.
The little that I know about practical filmmaking came to me via autodidactic training in 17 cities in 10 European countries while making the 120+ movies you find in my filmography.
3) What do you consider to be your biggest success?
My biggest success would be the films that get selected for more than five festivals and get broadcast, win awards, or gain more than 5,000 clicks.
I try to cater to many tastes. A friend recently asked me for my favourite films, so I listed the top 15 – they were all done within two to five days, from idea to the cinema premiere, without preparation or any budget and using amateur or student cast and crews. Filming for the fun of it.
4) Can you tell me about the film you submitted to the festival?
HEK TICK TACK examines the miniature crackdown of a patient man under the pressure of time and a demanding girlfriend. The screenplay came from a young rebel that begged me to make a film with him, because he adores my style. The idea behind the film is just a little exercise with slapstick and the challenge of creating the film without preparation, time or budget, as are all my movies. I got lucky with the cast and crew.
We shot the comedy in Graz, Austria, for the first KinoKabaret, with a crew of volunteers that I assembled one day before the shooting. Two days of filming in the flat; three days of editing, music composition and sound mixing.
5) Do you have any connections to Islington in particular?
Not really. But who knows? If you find my type of film appealing, join Kino London or Filmonik Manchester or Kino D Dublin, to name just three of the 70 cells in the world! Amazing talent hubs. You might even end up in one of my crews.
6) What are your plans for the near future?