“ON YOUR RADAR” IS A WEEKLY GRAD FILM NEWS SEGMENT THAT FEATURES A STUDENT PICKED AT RANDOM.
CHLOE WALLACE IS CURRENTLY A 3RD YEAR STUDENT AT GRAD FILM. WE ASKED HER A FEW QUESTIONS, AND HERE’S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:
1. Where do you consider home and what is it like there?
Home is the bluest of skies and where my friends laugh: Madrid, Spain. I am happy to say that New York I also consider home. I guess having lived in 3 different countries in the last 8 years has allowed me to quickly find comfort in a new city, even if it’s full of discomfort like the big apple is.
But let’s go back to Madrid. If you’ve never been, and you’re reading this, add it to your list. Madrid is easy going and fun, it’s full of flavour, no matter where you’re looking or walking. There’s always a fantastic glass of wine that’s 2 euros and a pincho de tortilla to accompany it. Madrid is dancing on the streets till 4 in the morning and the most spectacular art. Funny enough I never lived in the city. I grew up in a small town 40 mins away from the city, surrounded by mountains and cows. Space. But the city always felt like home as that is what I craved and gravitated to, you know?
2. What is currently inspiring you as a filmmaker?
Time has proven to me in the last two years in this city, to be key for inspiration. And so when I am not knee deep in work, when I can come up for air, that’s when I can appreciate that the most mundane things always inspire me. I find the subway and my walks back home extremely inspiring, but my mind needs to feel clear for that to click.
In the non mundane world I’ve been recently inspired, of course by Phoebe Waller Bridge and the post Emmys photo of her with a drink, a cig, and her awards surrounding her. It is now my computer screen saver.
And also, the Martha Graham company - I recently went to a show and found it jaw dropping. I’ve never seen something quite like that in my life.
I’ve decided not to talk about films being inspiring to me. Tisch feels like that is the only thing that exists in the world, and I am constantly inspired by so much more - so I have decided to look in other places for inspiration.
3. What has been your most rewarding experience at NYU Tisch Grad Film so far?
The wonderful people I have met and how I’ve pushed myself to the limit.
I guess one thing informs the other. The faculty and my classmates have inspired me and judged me and that has helped to make me work harder.
I have loved watching my friends and classmates grow and find their voices. For some reason, it’s very satisfying to see people fall into themselves, and think - of course, it makes sense that you would want to tell that story. Of course, it makes sense that you would make that film.
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