VIP - VideoChannel Interview Project

Lapid, Yaron

Yaron Lapid
Israeli videomaker


Interview: 10 questions

1. Tell me something about your life and the educational background
I am an Israeli-born London-based filmmaker and artist. My entail training was as a fine art photographer, and I later moved to making films. I hold an BFA in Photography and video and an MFA in fine arts.

2. When, how and why started you filming?
I started filming as a natural progression from stills photography, after practicing for a few years. I till make films and take photos.

3. What kind of subjects have your films?
My films are driven by my interest in the social landscape around me, as I notice it and effect by it.

4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?
I cannot say I follow a certain style, although it is likely that at this point I already have one. The one principle I try to maintain as an editor is to keep it short. The rest grows organically.

5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.
I use a small (“Pro-sumer”) camera and a strong home computer. I do everything myself.

6. The field of “art and moving images” (one may call it videoart or also differently) is manifesting itself as an important position in contemporary art. Tell me more about your personal position and how you see the future of this field ( your personal future and the future of “art and moving images”)
With the rapid technological changes I believe we are getting more and more accustomed to viewing moving images in differed sizes, qualities and situations. This is closely associated with videoart. I think that in time, this era will be seen as a start to something well established and familiar.

7. How do you finance your films?
I work in a closely related area, which is perhaps less creative but utilises the same tools I am already using.

8. Do you work individually as a video artist/film maker or do you work in a team? if you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?
To the present, I have only made one piece of my own with another person.I certainly prefer to work alone, which might be the biggest difference to a film production, rather than an art film. The difference is in the creative abilities versus the technical ones.

9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?
If I have to name one factor it will be reading.

10. What are your plans or dreams as a film/video maker?
I have two projects – one in particular – that I would like to create in the future. I will take some time till I feel it is ready to happen.

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