This week we got to 'Sit Down With' a Director who we've been admiring for some time.
Danish Director Meeto has a unique style all of his own: his work is full of humanity, aesthetic sensibility and a knack for storytelling. Although he has only been directing for two years, he has already created spots for Reebok, Coca-Cola, VANS, the list goes on. His spot “We Are Fighters” won silver at the Young Director Award in Cannes 2016, and was nominated for a Creative Circle Award. His fashion film for SOULLAND film won Best International Film at the Copenhagen Film Festival and premiered on I-D.
He is represented by Missing Link Films.
1. What movie inspired you to be a Director?
Naked by Mike Leigh
Chungking Express by Wong Kar Wai
Breaking the Waves by Lars Von Trier
The Big Blue by Luc Besson
Ratcatcher by Lynne Ramsay
2. What other mediums do you draw inspiration from? (e.g. paintings, photographers, writers, etc)
Art and photography - especially Martin Creed / Elmgren & Dragset / Gregory Crewdson / Wolfgang Tillmans
3. Who is your favourite Cinematographer?
4. Are you interested in making long-form?
Yes very much. I’ve just finished my first long-form documentary film that, which is premiering at CPH DOC this week. The film is a cinematic journey into the alternative universe of “Sisters Academy - The Boarding School”. Here more than 30 performers staffed an experimental boarding school in a potential future society. During the stay students encountered an all-encompassing immersive world, where the sensuous and poetic are at the centre of all actions and interactions.
The Trailer: https://vimeo.com/255938044
In the future I’ll be directing a feature film. I’ve got a couple of ideas that are in development.
5. What piece of advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers?
a) Always keep working, never stop. Then at some point you will have a huge amount of skills. It’s a learning process that never ends and that’s the beauty of it.
b) Use your gut feeling on everything.
6. Do you still prefer to shoot on film?
Yeah absolutely - I’d choose film any day
7. How would you best describe your work?
A combination of naturalness and curiosity