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"Screenwriting and Directing opened up a world to me. For me, it’s not a profession- it’s a way of life."

Martin Sandin

Martin Sandin is a writer/director from Sweden. He holds a degree from the prestigious Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and has worked with some of Sweden’s most well-known production houses. Martin’s work typically leans towards drama and realism. When writing, he’s drawn to subjects such as identity and the significant impact it has on modern society. Martin Sandin is a writer/director from Sweden. He holds a degree from the prestigious Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and has worked with some of Sweden's most well-known production houses. Martin's work typically leans towards drama and realism. When writing, he's drawn to subjects such as identity and the significant impact it has on modern society. Together with fellow artists in Art & Poetic Justice, he has created a style called 'Poetic Justice': a way of approaching the film's theme by getting close to the real needs of the characters.

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Previous work 

Short film 

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Making a career as a Director can be a tough road to travel. Film directors are typically hired on the strength of their track record, making it very difficult for aspiring youngsters to get a foothold in the industry. The only way in which young filmmakers can build up a portfolio of work to attract potential producers and investors is to start as an independent filmmaker. We were curious about Martin's journey and had a chat with him about it. For him, filmmaking was not even on his mind when he was just a kid. Instead, he wanted to be either a train driver or a journalist. As he says "Storytelling has always been an essential part of who I am. Both screenwriting and directing grew up on me a couple of years ago. Why telling other peoples' stories when you can make up your own? That notion opened up a world to me. It's not a profession. It is a way of life."

Distressed

'Distressed' is Martin's last short film, which is now competing at the LCF's November Edition. The 15min film explores what happens if everything you ever fought for suddenly means nothing. It tells the story of those who get to that point where you only have two options: break down or find a new life path. A subject most people can relate to, in a way or another. As Martin says "the idea of the next thing traps so many people. Thoughts like "If I work hard enough, I will get this and that. Then and only then, everything will be great." Social Media is twisting our minds, and nothing is ever good enough."

Independent filmmakers are always looking for new ways to create films while keeping their production cost low. However, although it is still possible to keep the story's initial vision, usually the issue comes up in production matters . Unless the crew genuinely believes in the project, as in the 'Distressed' case, as Martin says "we got no funds which in one way is a good thing. If there is no money (or a little in this case), people do things because they believe in the film. In arts and culture, you need to believe for the project to work out. We quickly became a film-production-family working to do the best we could do out of the production conditions. I'm truly thankful to the crew and cast."

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Details 

Genre: Drama
Country of filming: Sweden
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Shotting format: Digital
Budget: $40,000
Run time: 15:20

Getting everyone together working for the same effect is one of the most rewarding aspects of low-budget productions. It's not about money. It's about getting that shot just right. Martin had the confirmation of that with the less expected crew member: the 7-year-old brilliant co-lead Elora Schaaf. It was Friday, 2:30am. The entire crew was standing in the forest. Light bulbs were hanging from the trees. Cold, quiet and camera ready to go. Martin told us "we were as focus as you get when it's time to do the last scene of the day. Elora is standing in her socks on a big stone wrapped in layers of clothes ready to shot. I asked her "Are you okey? Do you need anything?" She goes like "Yes I am. Do I look good in the frame?" We shot the scene. It was beautiful. It feels like everyone was so present at that moment."

When asked about his career goals, Martin is only secure of one thing "I am going to make both a full-length feature and a series. I do not know when exactly. I just know I will. It doesn't matter if it takes time. I want it to be me from start to finish."