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Directors Statement / Brianna Deihl

On set of ‘Going to seed’ (2007 – courtesy of Richard Molby)

‘Going to seed’ and adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ (courtesy of Richard Molby

Forever the story teller, I came into film through writing. I spent the majority of my childhood in the woods (north of Brainerd) making up the world I wasn’t experiencing. I would fill notebooks full of stories about kissing boys and wearing dresses to the beach (where I would save the talking dolphins… lets be honest). The escapism that this afforded me has transferred to my love of filmmaking.

I very much approached cinema as high art when I began my filmmaking career.  I took my subject matter very serious (post modern literature), the process even more so (16mm FOREVER!!!).

That’s waned quite a bit as I’ve had less and less money to work with, yet more and more drive to create.  Therefore I’ve opened myself up to the humor that can be found in low/no budget shorts.

On set of ‘Helodermaggedon! The musical!’ (courtesy of Richard Molby)

In March 2010 I directed “Enter Sandman” for the Z-Fest Winter Film Festival. This was the beginning of opening up the tightness of my metaphors to something more playful and stylized.  We walked away with 3rd place over all.

In April I shot “Helodermageddon! The Musical!” for 50/Fifty Reel Challenge. Again, even more playfulness in the satire.  We took home best sound, production design, graphics and costume.

On a much larger level I worked on my first features this year; first as an intern on The Convincer and then as 2nd 2nd AD on Souvenirs. For as much work as they are, I absolutely love large production work.  I was speaking to a number of film friends recently and we all agreed; not for the life of us could we make it to a desk job at 8 am. Yet somehow, without much help, we can get to a location shoot (in a muddy field) at 4:30 am with the intention to stand there all day. Brilliant.

Battle of the Bulge – on set for Souvenirs (courtesy of Charlie Vaughan)

I was trained in writing and photojournalism at SCSU. I studied photography in northern England where I developed a taste for Red Leicester. I later graduated from MCTC with a production degree.

I’m finding that my work is very much open ended. I want the audience to draw their own conclusion, pull from their own life’s rich tapestry and decide whether or not so-and-so really did punch uncle Jerry in the head and moved to Dubuque. This is important because a lot of the time nothing gets resolved and life goes on.  Who’s to say conclusions are black and white.  The ending of the film Two Lovers (Gray 2008) is exactly life: bittersweet, but only because you know better.

Fish gag on the 2011 short film “Icehouse” (courtesy of Richard Molby)