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6.12.12

Tats

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When she's not at 1948 or putting in some hours on the track, Tatyana's behind the camera making visuals, working on her passion for storytelling. 
We had a brief chat a couple weeks ago. You can read it below and check out some of her work...


Who are you?
I’m Tatyana Alexandra. I’m a freelance videographer.


How did you get into film?
I was at university doing graphics and media design and wasn’t really feeling it. I had a little Flip cam and worked on a documentary of a Rasta mans stall on Ridley Road market. It was really shit quality, but I enjoyed the process of filming and editing my own work and from there I got into documentary filmmaking. In my final year of uni I concentrate all of my work fully on filmmaking and bought my own camera.







You’ve recently finished university this summer past. How was it?
I didn’t really enjoy the first year, it felt like a foundation again and I wasn’t really learning anything. By third year I had my mind set on filming and really got to experiment with it, concentrating on documentary work, looking at social issues and finding unique characters to work with.



So would you say there’s a style to your work?
I feel like I have an emerging style. You can’t yet look at my work and say, “Oh yeah that’s definitely Tatyana’s work”, but again, I’m just getting started.




Is there a common theme or preferred subject in your work?
I’m very much about working with people, building a relationship with the subject, getting to know them to achieve a true portrait. My work is never exploitative in any way – everyone that I’ve done a piece on has been pleased when they see it back and I think that’s because of the relationship I establish with them.


Given your interest in documentation is there anyone whose work inspires you at the moment?
I wouldn’t really say I have particular filmmakers inspiring me right now, but I pull inspiration from multiple sources. I’ve watched Until the Quiet Comes, shot by Khalil Joseph a million times because it’s shot so beautifully. I’m not usually into watching dance, which it has in it, but there’s something special about how it was executed here. I sometimes come across documentaries that are about a subject I like, but I don’t think are shot too well and that drives me to produce work that not only revolves around interesting subjects, but also looks good. I want the visuals to tell a story just as much as my subject.




Is there anything you’d like to work on in the future that’s perhaps outside of your comfort zone?
I’d actually love to go to South America and find a story there or find someone from South America who has moved here and has an interesting story to tell. Not so much out of my comfort zone, but the challenge lies in finding the right subject and then making a good piece.


What are you working at the moment?
I’ve recently completed a short on an Afro-Carribean barbershop, Ideal Cuts in Hoxton Square (see above), and now I want to follow it up with a piece on a very British barbers – this place in central that’s very old-fashioned and sells special shaving foams, that type – and then a Turkish barbershop.

Right now I’m just working on perfecting my craft, doing freelance work when I can and building a portfolio of work before applying at some production companies.

Favourite film(s)?
La Haine and Shawshank Redemption.


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