Scott Willis is an award winning filmmaker. His work has been broadcasted on television and has screened at prestigious venues such as British Film Institute Southbank, Somerset House and Whitechapel Gallery.
Here he talks about his newly launched film E215.
E215 by Scott Willis
As a filmmaker, I get excited by the process of retrieving materials from the idea of an objective reality, similar to found object art. An absurd reality that does not have a structure. It is the deconstruction of those findings within the films post-production that excites me; new meanings emerge and the world becomes more intriguing.
When editing I get a comfort from the delusion that I am able to make sense of it all by directing narratives. You are able to strip down a physical world and allow an ethereal form to take over. I am told the act of meditation provides similar results and is more cost effective?
As my work process is derived from the idea of retrieving materials and treating film as if it were sculpture. My films have mainly been focused on objects and the people they come into contact with.
E215 began by observing a fridge that was abandoned in a disused quarry pool. I felt that the object floated with a sense of elegance, ignoring that it was decaying and was no longer suitable for its primary function. I realised that the fridge stuck to a daily routine and could be located at specific spots of the pool at certain times. This allowed me to plan shots to showcase its individuality.
I made E215 at art school while I lived with my gran. Did you just snigger at me?
Incorporating audio from a conversation we had, the films visuals then evolved into her psychological landscape. She was unaware I was recording so the audio feels intimate, not forced and very much her.
E215 is an insight into a meditative space where a woman reflects on her physical self change. Overall the film highlights that there is still life and beauty to be obtained from entities often left behind.
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