Hi Katia, how are you?
I’m great thank you, and how are you 🙂
I’m good thanks. Its great to be talking to you! Can you tell us a little about what you do and describe the style of your work?
My work is based around playing with themes of object and subject, making the audience as important to my work as the visuals on screen. My films are heavily based around feeling and different techniques that can be used within cinema to allow the screen to be a mirror of the audience’s inner psyche. If my films make people think in a different way, or feel a different way, then I have achieved what I set out to do.
Can you let us in to a week in the life of Katia? What do you get up to?
I work from the moment that I wake up to the point I crash out. It’s all I ever want to do and I love wandering through different worlds and ideas and finding a way to translate that through visual forms. No two days are ever the same, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
I think it’s really important to find balance as a creative through finding the right time to isolate yourself and process/focus to then put yourself out there and exchange ideas and collaborate and download some more information. I often find it’s similar to the past where travellers would go around place to place telling stories that are passed down through generations. Story telling has been a part of our culture since the beginning, and it’s a lovely thought to think of carrying that tradition through the new digital age. It’s important.
How do you find inspiration?
Every single thing, whether it be a £5 note or a person, has a story, a background…. a beginning, a middle and, eventually, an end. I love being able to walk down the street and build my own characters inspired by ones that already exist, noticing details like bin bags floating in the wind or rain aggressively bouncing off window panes. Inspiration is everywhere, it’s just connecting to it and appreciating it. I love being able to have the opportunity to interpret the world in that way and build other worlds and meanings from that.
How did you get in to filmmaking? Did you study it or teach yourself?
I have always loved films, when I was a young’un I’d call in sick to my school and lock myself in my room watching movie after movie after movie.. sometimes for a few days at a time. I loved watching different genres consecutively, so a horror, a comedy, a documentary then a sci fi and being taken on a journey through that. In that way I really studied film, by watching it all. I didn’t ‘officially’ study film, and I don’t think you need to nowadays, if you have the eye, the hunger and the passion, then you can be whoever you want to be. I actually started off as a music journalist, and my directorial career naturally evolved from that. Making mistakes, acknowledging them and then carrying on was a big part of jumping into the deep end of film. It’s an incredible industry filled with incredible people who essentially want to support each other, but rejection is a big part of it and you’ve got to learn how to not let it deflate you or let it define your approach/belief in your own work
Can you show us about a project you’re particularly proud of and tell us a little about it?
Most recently I directed a Random Acts for Channel 4 (OTHER CONSPIRACIES) which was my first proper short. I’d experimented with other ideas through that, a moniker I go under called NO TAPE INSIDE, which was lots of experimental VHS analogue home movie type films. That helped me find my style and the themes I wanted to artistically focus on through my work.
OTHER CONSPIRACIES is a surrealist glimpse through the key hole at the creative process when framed by mental health. Musicians are trapped in a room, starved of nourishment, becoming agitated, stuck in an endless loop of ritual repetition. Time passes. Emotions fluctuate. The spotlight awaits, but is the other side any better?
The film is a visual interpretation of creativity and madness and how we are the ones who have the ability to trap ourselves within ourselves, we are our own GODS. And to break away from that, sometimes the hardest thing to face is ourselves. It was inspired by the quote that “you have to love yourself first, before you can expect anyone else to love you”. Film is a therapy for me too, it was a dark time and that film was what got me through that.