Rokas Baniunas has been working on his dissertation film ‘Where is the line between your illusion and my reality?’ and wrote us this update:
This summer I set off on an adventurous voyage across Europe. I travelled from Lampeter in west Wales, all the way back to my native Lithuania. Planes, trains and automobiles were where I lived and slept for two months, with a few rest stops along the way. I visited my Mother in Germany, a blues festival in Lithuania and various towns and service stations in France and Poland. I met lots of interesting travellers along the way and travelled a total of 2000 miles. It was not the first time I have done this, but on this journey I wanted to look at life in Europe in a deeper context.
The idea was to film my adventure and make it in to an abstract travel documentary, influenced by the work of Werner Herzog Fata Morgana (West Germany: 1971), Dziga Vertov The Man With the Movie Camera (USSR: 1929) and Victor Kossakovsky Hush (Russia: 2003)
I used a little point-and-shoot OLYMPUS VG-120. It was not a question of a choice, however I found using a small compact camera was comfortable and convenient. I was also impressed with the quality of the OLYMPUS footage, which is surprisingly good for this style of camera.
I wanted to capture a sense of travelling whilst the world around is busy in their daily lives. From the moment we wake up in the morning, until the time we go to bed, we are all travelling. I was focusing on three things here: urban landscape, what habits people have throughout the different places they live in and thirdly; what it is like to be on the road alone. I found that most people are shy and that’s where my camera became very useful again- hardly anyone can notice it and allowed me to film people and situations as they usually are, not staged. That gave my film a certain feeling of realism.
A film not only has to be shot , it has to be edited together. That is where the magic starts. I am currently trawling through my 14 hours of footage looking for these little moments of magic in the different places I have been to. You can look upon a few of the film’s trailers to get a sense of what I’m trying to achieve.
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