The Film School did really well in the last Cilect contest, placed 14 out of 120. This year we chose Katlas film, “Ad vori”, to compete on our behalf and we are sure she will do well. Katla graduated from Directing and Producing and we used this opportunity to see how she is doing
Which film was the one that first intrigued you when it came to film making?
The first film that really captured me was “The Virgin Suicides”. Everything about it got to me, as a very melancholy and saddened thriteen year old I felt I had found a film that perfectly mirrored my existential crisis. It was also very prominent in film making, vintage cross fade, pastel color palette, modern electronic music mixed with 8o’s pop, elaborate set, so much for a young girl to contemplate.
What intrigues me about film making is how it combines together so many art forms; writing, acting, editing, cinematography, music and varied design.
Why did you chose to study film making?
A few months before I started at The Film School I was studying engineering in Holland, so it is difficult to say what went so horribly wrong 🙂 . The courses themselves were both demanding and fun. The studies went mostly great but that is said with within a nostalgic warmth of hindsight, of course many things were a challenge, but the good prevails. I will always be thankful for the people I met, I seriously think that I would not be alive without being under the protective wing of my fellow classmate Alda. When I look back it was a time of much turbulence and anxiety but what stands out is missing that time and a feeling of love.
Can you tell us about your film, “Ad vori”?
The development of the film took months, in it was a mixture of childhood memories and multiple details from various places. For instance one can mention when we were set to meditate and dance in one class ( very descriptive for ever changing school days at The Film School), that I thought of making the main characters a part of a choir. The first draft was written when I watched the classic “Bonnie and Clyde” in an airplane and I do not doubt that some things from that wondrous film has bled into the story. Idea development really never ends, my favorite scene from the film was written in a car on the way to pick-up shooting moments before closed edits.
The process was actually very slow and it was thanks to the friendly people around me that it worked. A good example was my amazing camera man, Robert, that at the very first meeting offered to sound produce my film and lent me his car for shoots. The film became a reality in a great part thanks to the giving nature of my friends.
And then my actresses were perfect, talented and warm, I am very proud of them and consider myself lucky that they wanted to be a part of the film.
Yes, and of course my instructors were invaluable. Especially Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir and Runar Runarsson, it was a great honor to be guided by these talented artists.
And the future?
Today I am working as an editor at the commercial agency SAHARA and am actually too deeply enthralled in my existensial crisis to say anything about my future hopes and expectations, ha ha.
Well, we are sure that Katla has a bright future ahead and look forward to her upcoming projects