I spend a fair amount of time cruising my favorite website of all time (Vimeo).
In so doing, I stumble upon shorts and music videos and commercials and the oeuvres of filmmakers who, for the most part, have never made a feature and whose work ends up inspiring my own creative output.
Occasionally I see (or maybe I just project) a kindred spirit, a...
DIRECTOR I WANT TO WORK WITH.
This is where I talk about them.
First up is the Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli.
I emailed Borgli months ago to let him know how much I enjoy his work. My hope was actually to strike up a correspondence that would culminate in him asking me to help him write a movie. Instead, he didn't reply.
It was his much-lauded short film Whateverest that first hooked me. A mockumentary that feels like Napoleon Dynamite in need of therapy.
But I'm blown away at his ability to tell thematically dense visual stories under much shorter and sparser conditions.
Like this video for Young Dreams' "Fog of War," a suspenseful music video that plays with the happy-go-lucky ne'er-do-well teenagers trope.
I keep an eye out for great, minimalist storytelling that can make me feel tense without working too hard to do so. This video does so in buckets.
Serena-Maneesh's music video for "D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D." obviously came from the same mind, giving a wholesome family outing a Funny Games twist.
And last, we can see Borgli breaking the skin of the "music video form" with Young Dreams' "First Days of Something." The video doesn't create a backdrop for the song to stand out. The song merely supports the story and its weight of a profound loneliness.
And to cap things off, this one about a Norwegian tour guide who despises everything about Norway.
Kristoffer Borgli, if you're reading this, you are a filmskaper som jeg ønsker å jobbe med.
(Blame Google if that's not grammatically correct.)