I prefer to focus on such images, because I consider their beauty, their obliviousness and their vulnerability highly appealing [Lisette Olsthoorn]

My work is all about the space between actions. I observe the subconscious moments in between two presentations: when a speech ends, but the audience has not yet begun to respond; when the shopping has been paid for at the checkout, but the bags have not yet been stowed in the boot of the car. I also like to look at a single moment; a man standing in the street, with a heavy bag and drooping shoulders, and this captures my curiosity as to what has just occurred, and what will happen next.

I prefer to focus on such images, because I consider their beauty, their obliviousness and their vulnerability highly appealing. They reveal a little about what people also are, in a world which has become increasingly media-oriented, and in which actions are increasingly rendered significant purely by virtue of their presentation. People are, after all, not simply a series of carefully prepared and well-considered presentations – much as we might like them to be. The mild awkwardness of unconscious actions and moments attract my attention.

In my endeavour to develop such an observation into a finished work, I commence by zooming in on one particular moment. I peruse it, move around it; sometimes from right up close, sometimes from a distance, until a circle forms round about it in which an idea manifests itself. Such moments are magnified in my art projects, while they remain small in my film projects.

In art projects, I lend significance to a moment by isolating it – which is where the magnification occurs. I often stage situations in order to further develop an idea.

In the case of film, I can keep the moment small within the context of the finished work, because it is a part of a greater whole: namely the storyline, or the script. This framework gives me the scope and the freedom to explore such a moment, then lend it form and significance. Next, I return it to the dimension it originally had when it caught my attention in the street.

Video interview
Lisette Olsthoorn about her research project 'Naar het bos'

Naar het bos

Naar het Bos is about a middle-aged man, who enters the forest in an attempt to get a little time to himself in the outdoors. Relating to other people is, after all, not one of his strengths. Whether being alone is, however, remains to be seen.

[Length 21 min Medium video RED Showing Digibeta
Crew Producer Lila Funest Direction and screenplay Lisette Olsthoorn Camera Casper Brink Editing Jasper de Bruin Sound design Jaap Sijben and Paul Gies
Cast Jan Taks, Elsa May Averill, Guido Pollemans, Lenne Koning, Rosmarie Blaauboer]

Behind, the cabin especially built for ‘Naar het bos’.

Preparation of the camera.

Actors Jan Taks and Elsa May Averill listening to the director.

Jan Taks in the part of Rieks.

Director Lisette Olsthoorn and Jan Taks on the set of ‘Naar het bos’.

Still from the film.