Rianne Stremmelaar: Makers are often closely connected to their work

After the break up with her relationship, Wendy is forced to take on a new challenge; she goes back to the student house. With reluctance and a broken heart, she tries to pick up the thread again.

What are the most formidable challenges inherent to the profession of filmmaking?

To create something universal from your own internal conflict or fascination. As a maker you tend to be close to your work. This is important. But a certain distance ensures openness in the story.


Could you elaborate on the wellspring of your creative inspiration for this particular short film?

The source was a past experience and created from my thoughts and interpretation. I wanted to share my experience with the world. It has now become a bit more abstract because the animation process invited me to make changes.
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Rianne Stremmelaar

Could you elucidate on the central thematic underpinning of your film?

It is about an internal conflict of the main character. She has difficulty bonding with herself and those around her. That’s why she’s looking for a different angle. So thematically it would be about loneliness. But the limit lies in seeking out loneliness and questioning that definition.

How do you navigate the task of strategizing cost-effective promotional efforts when operating within a constrained budget?

certainly important, but something that is quickly underestimated or overlooked. Sometimes it feels like it ends after making it. My film is made, so it’s good. When it comes to the overload of films, content, etc, I am still convinced that a good story always comes to the surface.

In today's dynamic marketplace, how pivotal do you consider the role of film distribution?

Distribution is key! For feature films, it could be the difference between turning in a profit, breaking even, or not seeing a cent come back your way. The wider the distribution, the more your film can find an audience.

For individuals contemplating the path of self-distribution, what counsel or insights can you offer?

Have a lot of patience and work carefully.

In your estimation, what level of significance do short films hold for aspiring filmmakers seeking to embark on a career in directing?

A short film offers opportunities for experiment. All brakes can be loosened in terms of material and narrative in order of making the next project better. Furthermore, I believe that the short film can be an expressive medium to tell personal stories. An important part of being a director.

Reflecting on your professional journey thus far, could you share an instance of the most formidable challenge you encountered and how you surmounted it?

I have placed less claim on my working method and have started to rely more on others. Breaking through this has created a lot of space for peace and creativity.

What, in your view, are the critical factors that contribute to the creation of a cinematic masterpiece?

A coherence between form and content, reliable choices and a fantastic story.

If you could revisit the inception of your career, are there any aspects or decisions you would choose to alter in hindsight?

In the creative field: everything. It can always be better.
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