This film is about four the most successful Kingston University students. The goal is to inspire students, that are passive or not taking enough actions due to the lack of confidence, budget, time etc. – which keep them away from hitting their goals. The strategy is to focus on students’ stories of how they became successful. One of the most important aspects of the storyboard is to build a relationship between a story teller and a viewer, in this case the film is more engaging and realistic. The relationship is built by the interviewees as they take themselves back to the moments when they were passive, negative and confused. In this case, the viewers are able to familiarise themselves with the story tellers, which take them through the whole story of how they became successful. Followed this, the viewer more likely going to believe the story of success, because it is shown that it starts from nowhere, from failures and it can be delivered by anyone to the most successful and magical moments.
Project focuses on the cultural identities we carry with us. It is an experience film, which shows two art students going through their everyday routes through the city they live in, in this case it is my original hometown Riga, and my new hometown – London. It focuses on the most significant places that describe the city; versus places we see and go through every day, like market, park or busy streets. Video leads from the public spaces to more private- the studio where artists create art, which undoubtedly is subconsciously inspired from the environment they spend most of their time in.
Project – The Inhabitant, in a way is a love story between two people that have never met, and never appear on the screens at the same time, except the end. They both go about their daily lives the same, linked by their passion and drive for creating art, therefore appearing on the screen together only when in connection with art. Videos are made for viewers to immerse and experience different cultures. Background noises are accompanied with music, traditional to the countries represented, to enhance the immersion.
Videos show different aspects of nationality, environment, collective memory and most importantly how it is all linked to our own self-identity.
UK Rappers, Road 2 Success
Many successful artists and bands have emerged from the UK and have left their mark within our music industry as well as in America. However within the list of successful acts to impact America we have a low number of UK rappers to go over there and have significant success. When looking into this matter we see that UK rappers aren’t received as well in the UK as American rappers are in America. Looking into the UK charts you see more American rappers in their then UK rappers. In fact there is a lack of consistency from UK rappers in the charts. Many UK rappers who have gained success in the UK have ventured over to America and haven’t managed to be successful. Realising that there is something that is preventing UK Hip-Hop/Grime rappers to flourish in America. This short documentary will attempt to uncover the issues UK rappers face to be consistent in the UK. Which may not just affect the success overseas but also UK. By asking a few people who are involved in the UK hip-hop/Grime scene some questions from their point of view, things they have seen. The aim is to increase awareness and find potential causes.
Where is your place for inspiration?
The film tells a story of three main characters who found their favourite inspirational place in life.
Renata, art photographer based in London. Her inspiration she found in areas such as Shoreditch, Hoxton and Brick Lane. She is really passionate about graffiti’s on the walls. She combines her art of taking photos with a street art.
Angelika, a 40 years old woman, who is living in countryside house near Moscow. She surrounded by animals. Every weekend she is spending her time in stable, she has her own horse, his name “Voyatel”. Riding a horse it’s not just a hobby for Angelika, it’s her life. It’s better to say that animals are all her life. At home she has 3 dogs and 8 puppies .She finds her inspiration and love in her animals, her life seems to be really different from life of many people in big urban city such as Moscow.
Elena, girl who is travelling to Eastbourne to her favorite place (Beachy Head) and red lighthouse. This place is the most inspirational place for her and represents her life in England.
Maybe everyone has a place for inspiration or maybe favorite places of my characters will become a source of inspiration for my viewers. I believe that, documentary is the best type of genre where you are able to catch a visibility of language, through the different techniques, which film director will decide to use – Varvara
What is a Fan? A Short Documentary
This short documentary explores the realm of fan culture and activity. Without hesitation it asks the audience the ultimate question, what is a fan?
I produced this documentary because I am fan myself, and I used this as a tool to help me realise my true self and what it means to be a fan. The film itself, explores deeper into the world of fan culture, asking questions whether there are different ways to be a fan and if this means that someone is less of a fan because they practice it differently. The documentary is focused around interviews from London’s Film and Comic Con, and a profile of a ‘hard-core’ fan. The questions asked are based on the area of fandoms and why it’s all coming to the forefront of society now. The questions posed cause the interviewees to think and make them contemplate what it actually means to be a fan and why it matters. Also, they are asked to consider the negative side within fandoms, and see if this prevents them in any way as being a fan. However, the documentary isn’t looking for the right answer. It’s used as a way to represent the fans themselves. Those who are open and want to show outsiders the truth about the fan world and get them to engage with this area.
So, this is a fan creating a short documentary about fans and it’s up to you, the viewer, to decide what a fan is.