22 Apr Scriptwriter of the Month: Kejdi Demneri
Kejdi Demneri is Albanian writer, director and a photographer based in Tirana. Since 2016, when he graduated from University of Arts in Tiran in Directing, he is trying to present his colourful ideas as best as possible.
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• What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?
The top five films on my list are always changing. I tend not to keep favourites. What is special about my favourite movies is that they must tell an extraordinary story and they must be visually stunning.
I prefer movies where the author is not just propagandizing his thoughts. I seek for a connection with the author when I feel the same call that promoted the artist to create his work. I want films to be a journey and explore what the other person thinks.
• Why did you decide to go into film?
I had a fear of missing out in life. Not being able to enjoy the beauty, feel joy or explore. Through the stories and fantasy, I can express my imagination and my deep desires. I can live dimensions of life that would not be possible in my reality. I like to go into the world that films take me to. I like to live in that other world, the dream world. Movies awaken my visions and change the way I see things.
• Commercial films or art house?
It is important to make a film that you want to see without worrying about what label it will get from the viewer. As for me, I will always enjoy the art house, but I am open, if one day I want to tell a story in a way that belongs to the so-called commercial film, I won’t deny it to myself.
• How and when did you begin writing?
I remember coming home from second grade really inspired by the stories in the reading class, I would continue writing those stories, and giving the ones I didn’t like a different ending. I remember enjoying the process of writing more than the final product. I felt like my grandfather who was always surrounded by books.
• Where do you like to write the most?
I write the screenplays in the morning in coffee houses. I really tried to write at home, but I don’t get any work done. Every time I try to write at home, I want to do things more important than filmmaking, such as sleeping, watching TV, or debate online with teenagers if Batman can really beat Superman.
• What kind of music do you listen to while writing?
Choosing music is one of the hardest things in my creative process. It has to be something new in each script with no memories attached to it. I stand between instrumental progressive music, post-rock, and of course Buckethead.
• Where do ideas come from?
I usually find ideas in my life experiences, in my fears, stories that spark emotions or leave scars in me, stories that make me evaluate life. Folklore and philosophy are my main inspirations.
I ask questions that I don’t know the answer to and look for that answer while I’m writing the script. I always try to create a movie I want to watch.
Sometimes I watch really bad American movies for inspiration. If somebody makes 6 movies about sharks flying with a tornado, I can write about any story I want to.
• If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?
I would prefer the past. There is nothing interesting about the future as we will get there eventually. I would choose:
– 2000 years ago, when Jesus walked on earth.
– In the Red Sea when Israel was leaving Egypt.
– First Moon landing 1969.
– Metallica concert in Seattle 1989.
– In all the places where I’ve won my imaginary arguments while taking a shower.