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Directed by Kadi Wald

Interview with Kadi Wald:

Name and what you did in the film? My name is Kadi Wald, I made the short film Terminal together with the composer Josu Mämmi, who was also the male lead and shot parts of the film.

What inspired you, or attracted you, to work on this film? In the spring of 2020 with covid and natural disasters out of control I had enormous anxiety about the state of our planet. I just needed to make a short film about what I was feeling. Mentally I truly survived 2020 by making this project.

What do you like most about the story? There’s hope in hopelessness.

How did you get involved in filmmaking? I’ve always been a film nut, but never even had the courage to consider it as a potential career. Over the past couple of years though I started to wake up to the possibility of making films. I don’t have a formal education, but that won’t stop me. I learn so much just on the internet and books and of course by watching films. With Terminal I just bought any equipment I needed, made the costume and did it. Nothing could have stopped me in the inspiration I was in. And I truly believe that nothing else really matters other than true passion.

Tell us about your process? Where do you start? I tend to get inspiration from music. A feeling, a vibe. And from there I start to write down different ideas for stories that would excite me. At the moment I’m writing my first feature script. It’s a long process of re-writes and at the same time, I’m putting together a mood board and making a long inspirational music list. Once I’m confident about the script, I’ll start with the storyboarding. After that, it’s finding funding and a crew.

With Terminal it was easy because I had my husband to make the music and shoot and act. Everything else I did on my own because I don’t know people in the industry yet and I had such a clear vision. Besides every single aspect of filmmaking excites me.

Tell us some difficulties during the process or a unique story that happened?

I’m terrible at sewing but still somehow managed to put together the white outfit for the dancer character. I made it from my son’s old sheet. Lots of sweat and tears went into it, but in the end it really did come out the way I planned and surprisingly even stayed on during dancing.
Another thing were the shots where she is laying on the ground dying, it was actually an ants nest right there next to me and I am terrified of insects. I could feel them on my skin as I laid there. On top of that, Josu was right above me with the camera on a gimble and he was shaking on a very unstable ladder. So I was terrified of the whole thing falling on my face too 😀
Third thing that comes to mind was although I got the inspiration to make this short film from a song Josu had made. In the end I asked him for different music to replace it with.

Tell us how important independent filmmaking is to you? Without independent films we would be robbed of so many stories that can change our lives. Being able to do art the way you feel is right is a huge deal. Not having a big company dictate in which direction you have to go. And for someone like me – not having made anything before Terminal, nobody I mean NOBODY in their right mind would have given me a chance to direct my very first film. So only by taking control and learning to do it all by myself was a way for this film to be made. I’m excited to stay in the independent world of filmmaking.

What are you currently working on or plan to work on in the future? Like I mentioned I’m just finishing writing my first feature screenplay and I also plan to direct and edit it as well. But since I don’t have funding yet or know people in the industry, it’s very much in its infant stage.

What are some filmmakers, directors, writers that inspire you? Darren Aronofsky, Lars von Trier, Dennis Villeneuve, Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, James Cameron, Frank Darabont.

Any advice to filmmakers just starting out? It makes absolutely no difference where you start out. If you have the love for cinema, true passion for filmmaking, anything is and will be possible!

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