HOLD ME director’s note
The idea of using the internet to
share stories of loss came to me two years ago while I was
developing a teaching method based on the ‘ecriture automatique’
concepts developed by the surrealists for the free expression of the
subconscious in storytelling. I used this method now many years with
actors in schools and in preparation of my theatre work...
My last (third) fiction I directed
for the cinema was back in 1997 and since I have been doing one
feature doc almost every year.
They have all been released
theatrically and they evolved around social themes. I needed to move
form my earlier storytelling into something more relevant and
My experience with building the site for hold
me my recent movie
www.holdme.gr was very revealing sharing
these stories with hundreds of people I did not know but felt so
close to what I had in mind for the script. It took two year to
develop the script and to communicate and filter these stories until
early in 2005.
I started meeting with some of the
writers that agreed to have their stories in the film and started
shooting with them their stories using the concept if the game of
touch as it was presented in the site from the very beginning.
The script was than completed after
this first phase of the shooting was completed and integrated some
of the stories. Happily some of them blended extremely well in the
writing with the story of Julia as it was coming alive in the story
I was writing...
An unfortunate event gave room to
another strong subplot of the film One of the writers who have
contributed stories to the web site died suddenly in a free fall in
In the beginning this came as a very
strong shock and halted my work until most of the other writers
encouraged that we go on with the film and integrate George’s story.
We have now completed shooting the
film HOLD ME in October 2005 and we are starting the editing phase.
Our approach when shooting but also
now at the editing phase is to portray with strong visuals the
highly moving story of Julia in connection with the shared stories.
Often our narrative used the free interpretation of the subconscious
as it could be perceived in images and free flow of thought.
Despite how this may sound some of
our narrative preserves the linear form.
We are already testing some of our
material in screenings with a variety of public and the common line
is that the strong emotion is delivered avoiding melodramatic
outbursts while keeping an impressive variety of strong visuals.
Despite the initial unusual concept
the film seems to hook the viewer into an emotional and aesthetic
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