The Works of Andrés Sanz: a (non) systematic review.

The items posted here are notes, ideas and (moving) pictures that were part of the creative process during the making of my work.


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26 June 2009

Flat Love: Teaser

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Storyboard for Flat Love

Originally, I wanted to start the film with a scene of a man running frantically through the streets of Midtown Manhattan and looking up as if the sky seemed to fall upon him. Later I thought it was better to get to the point of the story right away so I decided to begin with the main premise: the man in love with the girl at the MOMA.

23 June 2009

Flat Love: Looking at Paintings (II)

A few months ago, I asked my friend Sean Bokenkamp if he remembered any film in which gazing at a painting was part of one scene or, even better, a major plot point. Last week, he made a surprising discovery and he wrote me. I'm posting here our email conversation with his permission:

“Andres,

This just came to me the other day....

What about Barton Fink?

There is the image of the woman on the beach that hangs in his LA hotel room. It is located above his writing desk on the wall behind which Charlie Meadows resides (John Goodman, the Everyman of Pain and pent up rage). It serves as an image of desire, the unknown, wide open potential, the Californian dream, etc.

It isn't exactly a "painting". More like a vacation print or commemorative platter sold to tourists. But I think it recalls the kind of movie you are talking about where someone studies a painting longingly. The cheap reproducibility of the image echoes the way Barton sees the movies and resonates when he sees "the real girl" on the beach. He says "You are so beautiful... are you in the pictures?" He is obsessed with authenticity, and won't own up to the "base" nature of his inspiration (cheap plate with mass-produced image of beautiful lady at beach).

Just a thought."

"Dear Sean,

Yes, you were right about the scene in Barton Fink with the postcard of the beach girl. I remember it had a profound effect on me when I saw the film... I almost forgot it until you brought it up. I'm pretty sure now that Barton's postcard was playing deep down in my head while I was writing Flat Love. Maybe that's the reason behind choosing the Lichtenstein's painting... Funny... I wasn't aware of it until now... Something clicked in my brain when I saw "Girl with Ball" at the MOMA. It may have been the Barton Fink's postcard... sitting somewhere in my unconscious... Weird..."

"Andres,

To me the resurfacing of an image (in an altered form) that you might have first encountered elsewhere is the core of the artistic/symbolic experience. Orpheus goes to the underworld. AND COMES BACK with something. Most people never go. Or if they do, they don't come back. To come back is to be altered. To bring something back is to acknowledge the change that has taken place within you and try to share it with others.

Most people see the thing and the resonance subsides and only dimly resonates with some aspect of their lives (a fleeting sensation of deja vu that is shrugged off). The artistic temperament is to sense the change in yourself and to investigate it and share what you've learned from your experience. To tap in, and to channel the flow (altered by your experience and your sensibility). Everything you've ever done or experienced influences you and permeates who you are and what you create. Or something like that.

Barton Fink's obsession with authenticity and pain and authentic pain reminds me of the heroin obsession of the early 1990s. Those people who, like Barton Fink, only think that artistic inspiration can come from deep psychological pain. But when confronted with his own inner Charlie Meadows, Fink is totally aghast. His search for the "common man" has led him to a dark place full of rage. Some people feel like they have to destroy their lives before they have anything of interest to share in their art. Whereas I would say that art is what helps us survive. Which can be related to good days, bad days, mundane days, every day.

Anyhow. It is weird (and exciting) when images that were sitting quietly somewhere in your subconscious waiting for their moment, suddenly realize that it is time for a reunion."

Thanks, Sean.

09 June 2009

Bedford: "Cine en Corto" de Juan Antonio Moreno (II)


Storyboard de Bedford

Entre los 41 cortometrajes españoles seleccionados por Juan Antonio Moreno en su nuevo libro Cine en Corto, se incluye Bedford. Este es un extracto del capitulo dedicado a la película:

Interpretado de forma muy convincente por Matt Boethin, Harry Bedford es un personaje que intenta recuperar la esencia vital y que busca desesperadamente alcanzar el eslabón perdido de su propio yo: anhela recobrar su estabilidad personal.

El director fusiona todos los elementos con exquisitez, armonizando una pieza que vuelca con precisión esa sensación de inquietud y desasosiego ante la pérdida de la referencia individual. Sanz acumula secuencias que entregan una reflexión sobre la condición misma del séptimo arte: cine dentro del cine.

Bedford se transforma en un espacio estilístico muy refinado que tiene muy en cuenta el origen mítico de la representación. La sombra del elefante es un guiño a la animación, un gesto hacia un personaje, “Dumbo”, que nos hace regresar a otro mundo, también perdido, el de nuestra infancia. Y es que, en ocasiones, esa niñez recuperada potencia la visión del individuo que construimos cada día.

La precisa envoltura de la cinta involucra al público, al que reta continuamente, haciéndole partícipe de la resolución de esta misteriosa, intrigante y enigmática aventura, cuya huella es muy alargada.

Filme exigente que bucea en el interior del alma humana y que toma parte de la búsqueda para encontrar su propia imagen. En resumen, obra con bellísima factura que eleva la imaginación y pellizca nuestros sentimientos.

04 June 2009

Bedford: "Cine en Corto" de Juan Antonio Moreno (I)

Juan Antonio Moreno ha publicado recientemente el libro “Cine en corto. Una aproximación a los últimos cortometrajes españoles” (Editorial Tal Vez) que presentó el pasado 26 de mayo con ocasión de Trayecto Corto - Festival de Cortometrajes de Velilla de San Antonio (Madrid).

Tras la presentación del libro se proyectó el aclamadísimo corto El laberinto de Simone, con la presencia de su director Iván Sáinz-Pardo.

Trayecto Corto es una indagación en la reciente historia del Cortometraje Español, el periodo que abarca los años 1996-2008. El autor ha seleccionado 41 cortometrajes al que aplica su bisturí crítico sin disimular una auténtica pasión cinéfila por el formato corto. Los que creemos en el Cortometraje como Cine con Mayúsculas y no como obras menores realizadas por principiantes, estamos de enhorabuena.

 El Libro se puede adquirir en librerías de cine como Ocho y Medio, en Madrid, y a partir de mañana 5 de Junio estará también en la Feria del Libro de Madrid (Caseta 56).