“ON YOUR RADAR” IS A WEEKLY GRAD FILM NEWS SEGMENT THAT FEATURES A STUDENT PICKED AT RANDOM.
DAVID MORAGAS IS CURRENTLY A 3RD YEAR STUDENT AT GRAD FILM. WE ASKED HIM A FEW QUESTIONS AND HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY:
Where do you consider home and what is it like there?
Home is a little villa in the mediterranean woodlands. My parents bought this house in a small town in rural Catalonia when the population was only over a thousand. The place was a mess: isolated from the town itself, surrounded by wild hazel trees and located in the top of a hill. Growing up we used to drink water from a well, the power would go out weekly and we didn’t have any good phone service. This stays true today: I can’t even bother Facetiming when I am there. The truth is, I would grow up to adore that place, and now I find myself looking for every opportunity I can to go back.
Home is eating a raw tomato from the back yard and feeling like life makes actually a lot of sense, going to the local bakery to buy a baguette and spontaneously having every single old lady in town grabbing your ass. It’s fantastic.
What is currently inspiring you as a filmmaker?
Right now? There is a Léos Carax series screening at Metrograph. I like his movies a lot. Carax had this instinctive attraction to motion, physical movement and roughness in the making that he picked up from the Nouvelle Vague scene and that I feel like it resonates very well with this feeling of the Graduate Program coming to its end and having so much I want to make and explore. Unapologetically devoted to romance, hilarious and highly political, his voice (still today) makes my legs shake.
What has been your most rewarding experience at NYU Tisch Grad Film so far?
The most rewarding experience happens after a 10 hour outdoor shoot in the middle of a New York winter, having a bowl of steamy ramen soup amongst all your fellow classmates / crew in complete silence and thinking: This feels right.
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