Thu, 27 May 2021 14:03:31 GMT
Sequoia Content welcomes Ian Isak for Canadian representation. Here Sequoia chats to Ian about his life and work.
I'm constantly on the look for new adventures and trying to develop as a filmmaker. And teaming up with Sequoia seemed like the perfect next step for me. I'm based in Denmark, but since I started this film journey of mine, I've always wanted to travel the world and tell different stories from far and near. I think Canada has a lot to offer and vice versa.
Chemistry. It's always about chemistry.
I was an intern at one of the big agencies in Denmark and worked mainly as an editor doing mood films, pitches etc. On the side, I was directing music videos, and one day they asked if I wanted to pitch in on a TVC for a large fitness chain. I ended up winning the job, and when we shot the film, I was the youngest on set. It was quite a mouthful, but perhaps the best way to get started.
Like so many other directors, I started doing music videos. It's the perfect playground for an aspiring director to experiment and learn. Starting out, I filmed and edited everything myself and learned a lot simply by doing. Later on, I was an AD before I decided to focus 100% on directing. I studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, where I mainly did short documentaries and learned interview techniques and working with "real" people in front of the camera.
I have always played music and would probably have ended up down that path if it wasn't for film. But, my longest career, so far, was working in my dad's one-man circus from I was three till about 20 years old. I started as an assistant and worked my way up to become a drummer, an acrobat and later on a driver.
There are so many gifted directors out there, and I love how different platforms across the internet make it possible to see everyone's work. But if I have to mention just one name, it has to be Romain Gavras. Since I started, he has been an inspiration, and his work is always surprising, edgy, and visually on point.
The first project that opened up many doors for me was my film for Le Fix called "Happy Nothing". It's basically a two minute documentary about a group of car and street race enthusiastic friends living in the countryside of Denmark. I'm proud of how we managed to create an energetic, raw and authentic depiction of a subculture mixing documentary with scripted scenes.
That has to be "Go Where You Feel Most Alive." This film really took me and the team on a wild journey. We shot almost everything on the remote Faroe Islands during the coldest time of year and managed to pull off some crazy scenes with locals in front of the camera, risking life and limb. The film was created without an associated agency, so I came up with the concept and wrote the film myself. The team and I spend a long time on this film, and we only had a very limited budget at our disposal, and I'm really proud of how it turned out.
I'm almost always working on something personal on the side, and it's important to me to have these personal projects with creative freedom because they drive me creatively and take me to new, unexpected places. At the moment, I'm working on an audio/visual short film about the afterlife inspired by an intense and deep conversation I had with my close friend about death and everything linked to death.
The right idea! When that light bulb turns on and I suddenly can imagine a whole film from start to finish or an idea has appeared from nowhere — that energy is what drives me.
I love the post-production process. To me, that's when the film really comes to life. And it's incredible how you can rewrite an entire film in the edit - that still amazes me.
I like to mix different formats and genres, and I always strive to make my work feel authentic. That said, I approach every project in a new way as every film is different. I like the world-building process and matching the tone and feel with the concepts and story.
So many things, and it changes all the time. At the moment I'm reading quite a lot which I haven't done properly for years. But naturally, visual stuff with an interesting story will always catch my attention.
Family and friends. Cooking over an open fire. Travelling.
More of Ian's work can be found here: https://bit.ly/3fSQHPi
Production Company: Sequoia Content
Director: Ian Isak
Categories: Media and Entertainment, TV and RadioSequoia Content, Thu, 27 May 2021 14:03:31 GMT