The 2013 Filmmakers IV
Mia Spengler: DON'T HIT THE GROUNDUntil the start of the festival, we are going to introduce this year's filmmakers and their films: Mia Spengler: DON'T HIT THE GROUND, Germany
Which situations or people inspired you to make your
Initially the concept was to show, what impact media had on teenagers in the 90ties. There was no internet, and it wasn't so easy to find likeminded people. At the same time, the media discovered the market opportunities targeting teenagers. Boybands, girlbands, 'what's in', 'what's out'. Magazines and tv shows set the values we grew up with. But the people who designed them had nothing but revenues in mind. Looking back, these value sets were very thin, and not really consistent, when it comes to self-esteem. The final movie is more a psychogram of a young girl, desperately trying to fill this empty space inside.
director and cast
What's the secret for making a good
It seems like you just do what you do and if you have good fortune and a long breath, then maybe in the end you have a good movie. Sure there is a lot of craft to learn, but in the end, if you don't believe in miracles, don't try to make movies.
What was the best/funniest/worst thing that happened
making this movie?
Most of our actors were around 16 at the time. Since the movie is set in the 90ties we gave them a hard time to dress up in 90ties style clothing. They couldn't understand how anyone would ever dress that way out of free will. In the end though, Emma our main actress, refused to take of her tattoo necklace. She said, its filled up with memories now. I have seen her several times since then, and she keeps on wearing it.
Is the movie relating to something in your
Of course the movie depicts the time when I was growing up, so the whole setting and atmosphere came through my experience in that period of time. The story is not biographical though.
cast at the set
Would you like to make films outside of your own
Just recently I was working on a script, that was set in China. I have lived in Beijing from 2006 to 2008, and I went back this year for the research and funding. It was a lot more complicated than I expected. It was also the most intense experience when it comes to how economical growth changes society, in every aspect of life. It scared and fascinated me at the same time. So yes I'd love to shoot in other countries, but it takes time.
If you weren't a filmmaker, you'd be a…?
A Singer. I used to be a singer in Beijing, before I fell in love with film. But I still miss it from time to time.
What is your next project about?
It is going to be a love story. About a boy group star from the 90ties trying to have a comeback, only to make his wife love him again. It's going to be a tragic comedy. In many ways it's a follow up to DON'T HIT THE GROUND.
- watch the trailer