Marie Schuller

is a London based filmmaker and photographer.

My early work was heavily shaped by my mentor at the time, Nick Knight. I worked with Nick for 5 years after film school, and his studio-driven, graphic, technically avant-garde style heavily influenced my own work at the time. I started working with novel uses of lighting, projections and moving lights. I applied heavy post production, manipulating the source image into new visual languages, crafting very abstract and surreal imagery. Back then I was a much better editor than I was a director and my films benefited from that - my work was heavily cut, using editing as a stylistic driving force, and I pretty much explored every single trick in the FCP7 effects library.  I approached film from the editing backwards, hiding the fact that I wasn't a very good director. Instead of going into a shoot with a sense of structure or narrative in mind, I very much had a 'fix it in post' mentality and was only concerned with capturing visually beautiful and exciting stuff on the day. 

 

Once I left SHOWstudio and Nick's mentorship, I started exploring my own practice and find my own style. It took years, and close to 100 films, to gain a conceptual understanding of what I actually like and believe in, and how I am able to communicate this with the medium of film. Back in the days I had a technique I named 'accidental editing', where I took a clip and literally chopped it up by random. I'd then rearrange the bits to create a choppy edit that would jump back and forth and inject dynamic and energy into the edit. When I started thinking more intensely about the structure and cinematic flow of my own films, I had to seriously adjust my approach to editing. I made a rule for myself to never cut unless the cut was needed. How does this film actually benefit from this cut? Do I need to cut, or am I only doing it to hide the fact that my material doesn't have the energy or doesn't hold the interest of its audience without a choppy edit? 

 

This new approach led to a chain of pretty boring films at first, but then forced me to become a better director and seriously address my sense of storytelling. I moved away from heavy post production and became much more raw and intimate in my work. I started working with narrative and dialogue and made use of the elements that make film unique and differ to photography. I questioned every decision I took as a director: Is this idea original? Do my casting choices represent the world as I see it? Does this make sense? What am I trying to say? Most of what I am trying to do still fails, but with every film I do continue to become a better director. 

Awards

ASVOFF 2011

Best Director of Fashion

ASVOFF 2012

Best Sound 

ASVOFF 2014

Best Beauty

Fashion Film Festival Milano 2014

Best Styling

Fashion Film Festival Milano 2016

Best Styling

Fashion Film Festival Milano 2016

Best Sound

Le Books Creative Awards 2015

Best Fashion Imagery

Chicago Fashion Film Festival 2016

Winner of Audience Award

Australian Fashion Film Awards 2016

Best Make Up

Australian Fashion Film Awards 2016

Best Hair

Transylvania Short Film Festival 2016

Best Fashion Film

Santiago de Chile Fashion Film Awards 2018

Grand Prize for Best Film

Le Books Creative Awards 2018

Best Music Video

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