Polish director urges emerging filmmakers to break convention Mar 19, 2019 0 329 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaGo against the grain of typical conventions to make stories and characters come alive. This advice to up-and-coming filmmakers came from critically-acclaimed Qumra master Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski, as he shared his unconventional approach to filmmaking at a masterclass at Qumra 2019. During the third Qumra Masterclass, Pawlikowski charted his development as a filmmaker three clips of his films: The Last Resort (2000), The Woman in the Fifth (2011), and Ida (2015), which won an Academy Award for Best Film. Pawlikowski shared that early in his filmmaking career, as a director of documentaries at the BBC, he realised that he wanted to do things differently. He said, “In my view, the job of a filmmaker is to bring your idea to life and that sometimes requires going against the grain. In my early films, I wanted to do something that was a more creative way of looking at the world than simple reportage – to break outside the accepted conventions of documentaries of at the time.”After moving away from documentaries into narrative feature films, Pawlikowski developed a unique approach to filmmaking that was ‘fluid and open’. His experience in documentaries taught him to think on his feet and ‘see the world through images and sounds’. For this reason, he does not stick rigidly to scripts and allows actors and writers to improvise during filming. He said, “A script is never fixed – it is a fluid thing. The best things come up in dialogue and that is why I often make changes to scripts with my co-writers during filming and allow actors to improvise and contribute their ideas as well.” On casting and location, Pawlikowski said his approach was to instinctively look and react.Besides giving up-and-coming filmmakers insight into his creative process, Pawlikowski also talked about common themes in his films such as the relationship between mothers and sons, romantic love and immigration. On storytelling in cinema, he said, “You really don’t need to spell the whole thing out. Trust your audience to imagine the rest. Always make sure that your characters are at the heart of the story and not political or social contexts. With a good character and a good actor that can bring them to life, the work of a director is largely done.”Pawlikowski’s final words of wisdom were on decision making and self-editing. He said, “As I have become more experienced as a filmmaker, I have learned that decisions on what not to include are as important as what to include. You don’t need to overtell your story. My advice to up-and-coming filmmakers is to discover who you are, what your tastes are and what you like. You need to do this to be secure and confident enough to make difficult creative decisions.” Pages 12345678 RELATED ARTICLES ‘For Agnès Varda, films medium of self-expression’ Mar 19, 2019 0 715 Filmmaker mentors share pearls of wisdom Mar 19, 2019 0 402 First Qumra Talk shines spotlight on importance of diversity in storytelling Mar 19, 2019 0 402 Qatari female filmmakers praise growing presence of women in local film industry Ailyn Agonia DOHA Now is the time to share the stories of our culture from feminine perspectives to prove that we are able to succeed and chase our dreams in this day and age, said Hamida Issa, Qatari director, producer and ..