This week we had the chance to ask Amir Karami some questions about their short film Death Locked Out, and their thoughts on the filmmaking process and short film industry in general. Here’s what they had to tell us…
Interviewer: What inspired you to make this film?
Amir Karami: The power of love inspires me. Love can change everything in our minds and soul. On the other hand, love can become loneliness. Love, loneliness and finally death are ideas that I always think about.
Interviewer: From the lessons you have learned through your experience, what advice would you like to give to aspiring filmmakers?
Amir Karami: Read books, watch films and write. These three items are an essential daily plan for all aspiring filmmakers. Eventually trying to make films because we can also get valuable experience by just making films.
Interviewer: There is a very iconic scene in your film that brings to mind Edward Hopper’s famous painting ‘Morning Sun’. It’s a beautiful scene that depicts the inner reality of the young girl and the outside world, as Hooper did. However, is it possible to read this scene from a more orientalist point of view? What was your fundamental target shooting that scene and what do you think about the relationship between art movements and filmmaking?
Amir Karami: I love Edward Hopper’s paintings. He is one of my favourite modern painters. In this film I wanted to design a special scene inspired by Edward Hopper’s famous painting ‘Morning Sun.’ In my opinion, art movements and filmmaking have a mutual relationship and I really like to mention my favorite painters in my films.
Interviewer: Why do you think Short films are important?
Amir Karami: The short film medium is very influential in the world. Because it can express the greatest global concepts to its audience with brevity, and in this fast-paced world, the short film is a very suitable medium for the hurried audiences of today’s world.
Interviewer: Where do you see the film industry going in the next 3-5 years?
Amir Karami: In the near future, the cinema industry will move towards the production of blockbuster movies and it will become more difficult to make independent films. Our most important duty is to take care of independent and thoughtful cinema.