Up and coming film-maker Paul Carlsen talks to Cinemaddicts about his background, the short film Whiskey and his future goals.
My name is Paul Carlsen. I’m 21 years old, I was born in Munich, Germany, then I moved to London then California, and then Santiago, Chile, before moving back to Munich and now back to London. I speak fluent English, Spanish and German. I am currently a second year student at the University of Roehampton and am studying Creative Writing and Journalism. I enjoy any and every creative project I can get my hands on, from writing stories and poems, to painting, lots of photography, and of course film making.
I have always been a huge film fanatic, but got into making my own films this year (well 2014). It began when I took a class called Writing short films as part of my creative writing degree. However, for the class, we we only wrote the screenplays and then did nothing with them, so I decided to ask my flatmates to help me produce them. Thus my friend Henry Croston and I started producing some shorts and started getting better as we went.
Whiskey is not based on a real life event. My father is very much alive and I love him very much. Funny thing is, when he first saw the film, he also asked me if I had some dark hidden feelings against him, but I assured him I didn’t.
If given the chance, I would of course love to expand this short film. What I would do, is use this as an opening for a longer piece. This scene could set the stage for a feature length piece.
When it comes to film makers I look up to the list is never ending. There are too many people producing amazing work. If I had to name a few, I would have to include; Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Tim Burton, Guy Ritchie, and Martin Scorsese. There are so many more I look up to, but these five especially stand out. I admire who each one of them has such a unique style that it can not be confused for anyone else.