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Filminute @ Filmmaker: Orlando von Einsiedel’s Fish Supper

Throughout the month of September, Filmmaker is partnering with the online short film competition Filminute, hosting five of its nominated titles and running interviews with the director’s of these one-minute movies.

Tell us who you are (where you’re from, background, previous credits as a filmmaker)

I’d like to think I am a fairly regular chap from London, UK. Once upon a time I was a pro snowboarder which led to making snowboarding movies and setting up a production company called Grain Media. I’d always dreamed of making documentaries and eventually after a long time making branded content I managed to get to a position where I could focus pretty much purely on them. Today I make lots of different types of documentary films from wide-reaching journalistic investigations through to small character-focused stories, Fish Supper being an example of the latter. Some previous credits include: Skateistan: To Live and Skate KabulAisha’s SongWe Ride: The Story of Snowboarding and Pirate Fishing.

Describe your film in 100 words or less (plot, style, influences)
This is a simple observational documentary film about a man fishing… The only catch is that he fishes from the Thames river in the heart of London, a water source more known for floating condoms and rubbish than fish.

What were the biggest challenges of making a one-minute film?
It’s really tough packing any film into a minute. You have to be really brutal with your material and just stick to sequences that progress the story. I worked with a great editor for this film (Andrew Cardy) and he definitely deserves a lot of credit for some of the tough choices we had to make to get the film down to one minute.

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