by Faruq Oyekan
What a trip.
That’s what the latest short from Norwegian filmmaker Christer Aase will have you saying after viewing this psycho drama.
The short film, Driven Intervention tells the story of a young man named Daniel who is at a vulnerable point in his life when he loses the only girl he loves. Daniel is at wits end, and ready to turn towards violence, not only against the girl who left him, but others who he has known throughout his past relationship.
The majority of the film takes place in a car that is driving to an unrevealed location, though it is implied that it is his ex-girlfriend’s house.
What happens in this car is a psychological head-trip. Just as the title suggests, Daniel begins to have an internal debate with himself over whether or not he should go through with his plans of vengeance. This debate, showcases Daniel’s different opinions on the matter. The opinions brilliantly manifest themselves as humans, whom the audience sees as passengers in the car.
Whether or not the people Daniel is seeing are real or not, or if they are simply a visual stand-ins for the audience is never revealed. Thus, this film, shot under creeping setting that is darkness adds a level of psychological teasing to its appeal.
The premise, without debate is the short films strongest factor. Despite issues like lack of lighting, and less than stellar acting. The film shines in its founding premise and its story structure.
Coming in at a mere five minutes, Driven intervention showcases an interesting perspective on an interesting human aspect, which is an internal debate. If you’re a fan of films with multiple layers, or stories that are psychologically stimulating check out Driven Intervention.
Interview with Christer Aase (Writer/Director)
First, how long have you been film making? What got you interested?
I started making movies 15 years ago, when I was 12 years old. My father and I started playing with the camera, and we made a lot of amateur videos. I was just crazy about it, I could tell stories with lightning, framing, acting, sounds....
I decided to become a moviemaker 6 years later when I was accepted in to film school.
Where did the idea for this short originate from?
This idea was a mix of a lot of things.
I wanted to try making a scene where the car was driving but we could still use dolly movement outside the car. The car, when you see the actors inside, is never moving. We used lightning and sounds inside a warehouse to make it look like the car is moving. The character in the movie was not based on a real life person, it’s just one of my many questions: What goes through the mind of a person that wants to end his own life? Would he maybe not do it if he got a second chance?
Any cool onset stories?
Not many cool stories from the set, but the last scene was a pain in the ass to shoot. It was very cold outside, and the location had no power source. So we only had the light from the car to use. The crew and actors were freezing like hell. So we rushed it, the scene did not come out as planned and that always hurt.
Has the film-making process changed for you, since you've made this short?
The film-making process has not changed. I learned from it yes, but you always learn from making a new movie.
How has the reaction been like to the short?
The reaction have been mixed, a lot of pro movie-makers from Norway have liked it. They have given us good feedback, and told us we are getting better. But some people don't get it at all.
I don't blame them, the story is dark and not obvious told. And we kind of screwed up the last scene (don't tell anybody).
But hey, we made this with no money, so we are happy with the result.
Any advice for filmmakers?
Advice for new filmmakers, I have plenty.
First of all, if you have passion for moviemaking, never quit. If you get bad feedback on a movie, use it to make you stronger. The more you make, better you get.
Watch a lot of movies, learn from the best. See how big Hollywood productions do storytelling, use cameras and so on... They know what they are doing, learn from it.