Jack De La Mare is a Guernsey-born filmmaker, currently based between Guernsey and the University of Bournemouth where he is currently studying Film Production. He has done several films shot in Guernsey, and will soon be releasing his latest piece of work ‘The Diary of Alice Applebe”.
Can you describe the concerns of your work including what ideas, themes and research sources influence and are present in it?
JDLM: Tough question for me, as I never really think about the theme – I tend to go with the idea that we’ve got. A couple of films we’ve done have all focussed on a main character struggle. Our film ‘Six’ was about someone who was stuck in the underground hospital, and they were part of a government test; it was following them and their survival. A survival theme is what I go for.
You did another, ‘Zombey’…
Yeah, that was a bit of fun, a comedy – but again, that was about survival. And the one we’re doing now is about a character’s journey into a new career, and the first patient he studies, how he gets into her mind, all psychological thrillers that we try to make.
Obviously, your medium is film; how did you get into film? Why did you choose film as your focus?
I got into it when I was really young, watching ‘The making of…’ documentaries of certain films and seeing how people worked on set, moving onto making films. When I was really young I would go around with a camera, and then through primary and secondary school I would make really short, really bad films. From Sixth Form, where you can actually study Film and Media, that’s when it boosted my motivation and I started getting good projects finished.
As a person who was born in Guernsey in what ways has the Island influenced your creative practice?
I think Guernsey’s influence will become clear to me when I move away from the island. I think that, because the island is really contained and small, it gives me a different view, compared to someone who lives somewhere much bigger, like a city. I guess my films are all about containment. It’s nice, the locations are good!
You seem keen to collaborate and promote the artists around you in Guernsey; what do you think gives the island it’s creative edge?
There are a lot of people here who do stuff; they actually get stuff done. There are lots of people my age who have their own talents – so many talented people here! And there are lots of people who are excited in others doing projects and let us, as students, use locations and equipment at reduced rates. There is a lot of support here!
What aspect of the making of your work is the most challenging?
Probably, from a film point of view, the pre-production through to the filming – especially when people don’t show up! There are sometimes cases when you have re-write on set. There is a lot work that crops up with us adapting to the situation; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There are enough creative people around, so that we can rethink an idea if it’s not working.
What does the immediate future hold for you and how does film fit into that future?
I’m at University at the moment studying film production and my aim is that, during the course I want to make films and start submitting to film festivals to promote the films and the work out there. I’m going to come out of University without a job, and if I can do as much now in this environment then that would be great.
I then want to move to America or Canada as soon as possible post-University as I can in order to try to crack that industry and market, as opposed to going to the British market first to then get to America. I want to jump in there straight away – we’ll see…
It’s different for different people – I know that I want to go to America, go to Hollywood, so University is a great place to get my degree, get my work out there, and from that jump right in.
Can you talk about your current/ most recent project?
It was written by Rosie Le Friec, and as soon as I read it, I realised I wanted to make it into a film,. It’s around an hour long: it’s about two psychologists who study a woman who’s insane. She only ‘wakes’ into sanity for an hour each day, so they only have that hour to really talk to her. It’s about them studying her and how she gets into their minds. Similar themes to ‘Seven’ and my previous film ‘Six’, which is really dark and a horrible tale. You can expect to see it at Christmas!
Watch this space!