Personal Cinema with:
A Stolen Broken Heart
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August 29th, 2016
by Mark Schwab
Tomas Gold is a UK-based independent filmmaker who is currently having his short films get good festival play. Refreshingly, he is taking the time to grow and learn to perfect his storytelling craft instead of just settling to make a big mediocre splash. Independent filmmakers would be wise to study the films of Tomas Gold as a good example of how commitment and respect for the art form can yield emotional and empowering results despite a short runtime. His website can be found at www.tomasgoldfilmdirector.com
Edward Darling and Peter Francis in "Youthful Bliss"
1) You've described yourself as an "art house filmmaker" - what is your definition of that?
That I don’t make films for commercial or financial gain. That I make films because I am passionate about the process of filmmaking and I want to be able to communicate something to an audience through a visual narrative. I want to make films that are emotional and personal, that tackle real issues involving real people.
2) You were born in London. Where are you currently living and is that conducive to your filmmaking?
I live somewhere in the UK… And I have been able to progress and develop as a filmmaker thanks to the film community there.
3) You've said that "my films take time to perfect" - what is your current creative process in creating your films and has it changed since you first started?
It usually takes me a long time to seriously consider making a film because I tend to have a few ideas gestating all at once until I become really passionate about just one project. I like to take my time from the start of pre-production to the end of post-production and even when a film’s finished, it might be even longer until I decide to actually screen it at a film festival or to show it to an audience. I definitely think that I have learned it’s better for me to take my time and to be as happy as I can be with the finished product, rather than rushing to get it out to an audience as quickly as possible.
Alex Fairhurst - "A Stolen Broken Heart"
4) What is your perspective on the current landscape of independent filmmaking?
I don’t really know what to say about it, other than there are a lot of great independent films being made every year and that I love that independent film exists.
5) You've described your films as "deeply personal" and that "you prefer to let my films speak for me" - how do you feel that the medium of filmmaking is the best way to express yourself?
Making films is my voice. I like being able to tell a story, to create characters and to examine issues facing people in our current society. It’s a very personal pursuit for me and that’s why I would rather let my films speak for me.
6) You've worked in short films so far - what are your thoughts about doing a feature film?
I hope that in the future I will be so lucky to be in a position where I can make a feature film, but I do not feel like I am ready right now. Making short films is teaching me a lot about filmmaking: making mistakes, being stressed, learning and growing as a filmmaker etc. So I feel like I’m becoming more and more ready to make a feature one day. I also want to pursue making music videos.
7) In "Insomniac", you are the lead actor - what was that experience like?
Uncomfortable. Stressful. Tedious. When filming it, I had to keep going back and forth all the time. Plus, I’m not much of an actor and I really dislike being on camera but it was my very first short film and I wanted the experience to be an experimental one. I learned a lot.
8) Tell us about your current film "Youthful Bliss".
Youthful Bliss is my fourth short and my first professionally-made film. I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to give away too much detail about the plot, but it examines an issue that many members of the LGBT community face at some point in their lives. The film is essentially a short narrative about a young man who is torn between the people who love him when he is faced with making a difficult decision. It’s a film that when writing its screenplay, I was incredibly passionate about the subject and emotion involved so I enlisted the support of a small production company to help make it right and they really helped me bring it all together. From the cinematography and the camera that was used, to the editing and the colour grading, they really did an excellent job. I am very happy to say that the film had its world premiere screening at this year’s Nida Short Film Festival in Lithuania and I hope that it has the opportunity to be screened at many more film festivals around the world.
9) Right now, what do your filmmaking dreams look like?
I hope that my latest film, Youthful Bliss, will be screened at more festivals this year and in 2017. I have already begun pre-production on a new film and I will be directing a music video soon, both of which I am already very excited about. Let’s see what else may happen.
10) Our traditional final question: For all of the filmmakers out there feeling overwhelmed/frustrated/discouraged, what words of encouragement/hope/insight do you have for them?
I don’t have much advice to offer, other than you have to be tough and resilient. There are going to be a lot of problems when you’re making a film but ultimately you’ll create something that is personal and something that you’re really proud of.