David Edgar (Portrait by Nathan Taylor)
David is an award winning visual artist based in Hobart. David studied film during his post-graduate and undergraduate study and on a number of occasions has dabbled in the film industry, the contemporary music sector, arts administration and teaching in both Sydney and Hobart.
David has exhibited internationally in the US and across Tasmania and Australia including recently at Sydney Contemporary, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Tasmania and during Tasmania's 10 Days on the Island international arts festival. David's drawings have been selected as finalist, purchased and won a number of Australian art awards.
He has recently completed a PhD at the University of Tasmania, where he is also a sessional tutor in drawing. He has a further eleven years of academic education in the arts from the University of Tasmania and the National Art School in Sydney. David is represented by Handmark Gallery in Tasmania.
Interview with David Edgar:
Wow, 11 years, really? Anyway, what excites me each year is seeing the amount of energy invested into each film. It's also exciting to see the depth in improvement in quality. Technology plays a part in that, but I also think students are getting more sophisticated with how they handle cinematic techniques. And every year there is always a film, or three, that nails right into my emotions, making me either laugh, cry or feel deeply in some way. When a film does that I know its a good one.
That nearly all of the films submitted have in some way or another put a lot of effort into planning and making their films. But as a visual artist, I am most interested in observing closely how a film maker uses form - color, light and composition, etc., - to make their films more interesting.
So many, but I particularly enjoyed watching Sam Bell and Ella Watkins from many years ago. These two film makers submitted films to the festival for many years. Watching their progression each year was exciting. And, each year, there is always a host of films that are memorable either as a whole or within certain specific moments, such as a shot or sequence that just works really well.
As already mentioned, I particularly look for strong visuals, but I think continuity within a film is also very important. And yes good pacing, good story and good acting always helps too.
It's funny, many years ago we would be swamped with animation, now I think because technology, like mobile phones, have such good camera's, with good apps and programs to help with editing etc., that films are more easily made and with better polish. So, student film makers I think now are taking more risks because the technology allows them to figure out ways to make things happen.
If you have an idea, find a way to make it happen. Don't take no from those types of people who frequently love to knock you back. Find a way. Make it happen.
That is such a hard question as there are so many great films that I love. I don't think I have an all-time fav, so I'll give you three great ones, that I love, instead. Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Blow-Up', Agnes Varda's 'Vagabond', and Asghar Faradi's recent film 'The Salesman'.
I was bought up on Stephen Spielberg and I still love watching, and re-watching, many of his classic films because he is such an excellent craftsman when it comes to spinning an excellent story in a beautiful cinematic way.