ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Our interview with Fresh Alumni @chrisoneill2020!
1. Intro – Who you are? Background of yourself? Where are you from?
My name is Chris O’Neill. I had films screened at the Fresh Film Festival in 1999 and 2000, when I was 17 and 18 years old. I was burn in The Netherlands, mother is Irish, father is British, and have been based in Ireland since I was 10 years old.
I’ve tried my hand at all kinds of filmmaking such as narrative, documentary, music videos, but lately I’ve been focussing on video essays, experimental films, and cutting trailers.
2. As a filmmaker what is your favourite part of the process? What stories are you most inspired to tell?
I think the editing is where I’m most comfortable – and, to me honest, most skilled at, if I am to be critical of my own work. Stories is a tricky one, many of my films are not story based, but I guess I find myself drawn to past periods rather than the present, in style/thinking if not literally in setting, and character-personality driven, even my more abstract stuff usually feature human faces/voices.
3. Do you have any tips for young filmmakers?
Be truthful with yourself and try and figure out what area you have a passion for, and follow it. Besides focussing on being a director, editor, writer, etc. seriously consider what kind of films you want to make – narrative, documentary, video essay, whatever it might be – and go with it.
4. What impacted did Fresh have on your life or your career as a filmmaker?
Well after years of thinking about it – I made for very first film ‘White Star’ because I had heard about the festival and thought I’d give it a go! So it encouraged me to start making movies.
5. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?
I’m being commissioned to create video essays and trailers for Blu-Ray and DVD companies in America, Australia and Britain, which is exciting. British Film Institute asked me to do one on the Irish film Maeve (1981) and a shorter version can be viewed online: https://youtu.be/Yg1efpSXhFE
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