Cannes YDA launched quite a few careers over the years. Josh Dawson, a young and very talented director from Radical Media Berlin is one of the rising stars and winners of the YDA 2014 (Equality / Charity Europe) has just joined El Colony.
Josh is a Berlin based director and film nut. Since graduating from Film and Television in Melbourne Australia, Josh has worked in advertising, editing and production companies around the world. He is well accustomed to sleepless nights, working out tricks, and the idea that nothing is impossible. Above all else, Josh is dedicated to working with inspiring people to create the best possible outcome. Below is an interview with Josh on his recent win at the YDAs.
You just won a prize at the prestigious YDA, it’s a big acknowledgement of your work from the industry, how did you feel when you first heard of your win ?
It might sound crass but I felt accepted. I felt that I had accomplished a piece of work that is seen as accepted by people within the industry.
Which movie are you the most proud of ?
I am very proud of the project ‘Equality’ which was a part of the YDA. It has a message that I feel needs to be expanded and seen.
And which one are you the least proud of ?
Even my worst films would have aspects of thing I am proud of, even if it is just learning something. The ones I am least proud of is the ones I keep putting on hold and haven’t created yet.
How would you describe your ‘style'?
I always like to put an aspect of surreal into my pieces weather subtle or in your face, trying as hard as possible to make something that hasn't been done before. Look as far outside the box as possible.
Among all categories which film do you think is the most representative of your generation ?
Our generation is so broad these days and what I think represents our generation probably wouldn’t be correct. I grew up on Alien and Terminator and still look fondly at those films as a part of my upbringing.
Nowadays there are more young directors than young writers, there are more vimeo channels than published manuscripts, do you think images are now totally replacing words ?
No, Words adapt and evolve, They always have. Don’t forget that people also told and acted out stories before they started writing them. In a way books replaced that from tribal ancestors who would tell, dance or act out stories through generations. One could get very profound on this topic. however in saying all that and to completely contradict myself, I’m sure more people would read what I have written if it was followed by a picture of a puppy hugging a kitten.
The elderly used to say it was better before. Do you think it will be better tomorrow ?
We live in a technologically heavy period in time. Each generation had their forward thinkers and their wishful thinkers. The nerd inside me is excited to see what comes of tomorrow, there seems to no limit to what we can create. I also feel there were aspects that were better in the previous years. So I am on the fence on that.