Documentary Film Teachers: Kersti Uibo
In 2018 we’ll be accepting new Documentary Film students, are you ready to apply? Hold on, we’ll introduce some of the teachers, so you know what you’ll be getting yourself into.
Our good friend, as well as our precise critic and adviser on our way to becoming filmmakers.
1 | ONE THING YOU WANT TO PASS TO STUDENTS
Take film-making very seriously but do not take yourself too seriously and never be afraid to laugh at yourself
Believe in yourself: the original idea is always better than a copy
Be flexible and open to changes: “Look forward, don’t look back!”
Keep the focus (both in life and when with camera)
Put the people you are filming first: it is they who put food on your table
Learn to own up to your own mistakes, then try not to repeat them
Delete the unnecessary when editing: “Keep it simple!”
2 | ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM STUDENTS
Ability to learn from each individual talent and strength
New ways of seeing and interpreting the world
Enthusiasm, curiosity, vitality
Opportunity to encounter technical challenges
3 | YOUR OWN MOST IMPORTANT TEACHER
The skyline and an erratic boulder of my home-beach have been my most important teachers. They taught me to see the world in a grain of sand. Now I have made a short film about them called “Wombstone” (eesti k. “Emakivi”), it will be premiered next spring.
Photo by Alli Baltodano
Interview by Maris Kerge