Interview: Suzana Purković

Suzana Purković
Name: Suzana Purković

Where do you live: Belgrade, Serbia

Known for:
Known for directing TV series Sindjelici, Horvatovi, tv show Vreme je za bebe, worked as 1AD on TV series and film Vojna akademija, Urgentni centar, as well as on several movies – Ma nije on takav, Cat Run, 6 Days Dark

Currently working with:
Currently working as 1st AD on the TV series Vojna akademija season 3.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?  
When I was 11 years old, I went with my sister to the cinema, to watch a movie called Titanic. A gigantic blockbuster that caught me in a place 🙂 I was so amazed with the amount of everything that I’ve started questioning family and friends who’s in charge of making magic of moving pictures. But since my friends were little and young as myself, and my family had no idea about film industry at all, I started searching more information about movie set on the internet. I remember myself watching “behind the scenes” for 15 times a day, just to try to catch a point who’s the master. I though it was a guy who’s standing behind the camera, and I didn’t like it. I couldn’t imagine myself working behind the camera. And then, somebody from the actors said something about Director. Director! That was a word for me. 🙂 And I said myself then – I’m going to be a director. Film director.

If you could ­choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
One place to live? Probably some other planet. Because I like different places, places that we can imagine, places where fantastic situations are normal, beautiful nature, colors, creatures, powers as telepathy, flying etc is normal. So, the only place on Earth that satisfied me on this level was Art, moving picture art. 🙂

How would you describe your creativity?
Creativity comes and go. It’s in correlation with human growth, with what’s currently motivating him, and what part of his life and personality is currently lightened. Sometimes you see creativity in a way of telling the story, and sometimes you see creativity in a one single shot. Sometimes your creativity is in eye and expression of an actor, and relation between actors in a scene. And yet sometimes your creativity cannot find a way to be expressed. That’s why you strive for more. And next time, who knows where will you put your creativity in.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
I was on a second year of Academy of Art, when a professor, very famous 1AD in Serbia and EX Yugoslavia, Duda Ceramilac, called me to be her assistant on a Serbian movie. That’s my first professional experience and I’m glad it started that way because I was put into this industry with a lovely hand of a perfect teacher as she is. She made me love this more, and taught me how to love every new thing that I was learning.

What do you do at the moment?
I work as 1AD on tv series Vojna akademija, with famous Serbian director, Dejan Zecevic, from whom I’ve also learned a lot, and still learning. Also, I’m finally thinking about my first movie, thinking how it’s about time to tell the story I want. 🙂 The only trouble is which story to choose. I have to start from somewhere. 🙂

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Whoever thinks about running a creative business, try not to make a business of creativity, when you can make business even more creative. That are different paths, so try to find out what exactly do you want. You’ll avoid disappointments.

Tell us how it all started. 
After high school, and my childish decision to be a film director, I wasn’t really being seemed serious in my intentions from my family, except my older sister. So I started thinking what shall I do, to satisfy society. Being director in Serbia is hard, being female director in Serbia is impossible, and doing this without knowing what it is, was just a childish dream – oldish talked that way. So I was preparing myself for pharmacy… For a month… Then for a political science, for next month… Then for information systems…Maybe 10 days…And when the time has finally come to apply for a University, believe it or not, I entered into Law School. I was good, and it was good, but each day after lessons in Faculty of Law I ran to cinema just to watch a new movie. And you could find a sad girl watching a movie, each day, usually with tears in her eyes even when she watched a comedy. I spent one year at the Faculty of Law, until one day a brilliant idea came to my sister and my uncle – who was luckily a painter, to try to apply for a film director course at the Academy of Arts. A parents finally saw that it wasn’t just a childish wish, since it was with me all those years. Mother brought me a handy cam, and she still remembers the day when I first saw the world through camera. I passed the test, and my journey finally started.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
A sense of purpose which involve good energy. A passion for what you do. When you stop care, it’s the day when you actually stop loving this. It’s the day you should quite.

What is your favorite film?
A have several favorite films… “Persona”, “Through a Glass Darkly”, “Wild Strawberries” – Ingmar Bergman, “8 1/2” – Federico Fellini, “Ivan’s childhood” – Andrei Tarkovsky, “In the mood for love” – Wong Kar Wai, “The Last Samurai” – J.Pierre Melville… I should stop here. You asked for one. 🙂

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Invite for a dinner… From living people two of them – Martin Scorsese, he’s a living filmpedia 🙂 And Zarko Lausevic – he’s a living heart of a man. That’s a mixture of a passion and soul. A perfect dinner. And from those who are not alive, Ingmar Bergman, definitely. He is a definition of film to me.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
With good books, meditations, visualizations, thinking, far away from people, surrounded by nature.

What is luxury for you?
Doing what you love, being paid for it. Being able to love. Being loved in return.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
That there’s a huge difference between women and a men directors. She saw a little changes that I’ve asked for my actors, in emotional scenes, a changes that most people don’t even realize that they hold the scene and a relation. That’s the biggest compliment from my coworker, since that’s what I most care in doing this. Emotion and relation.

What do you fear most?
I avoid to feel fear. Maybe I fear of fear… Not wishing to sense them since they stop people in many areas of their lives.

What is a happy life to you?
A happy life to me doesn’t have a formula. And that’s true happiness. Each day is a differently happy day.

What does a regular day look like for you?
When shooting my regular day could sound very boring – working 12 hours a day, usually very tired. But if I try to describe you a single day of shooting, that would be a film for itself. 🙂 A 50 people behind the scenes, at least… You relate to each one of them. A different scenes each day. A different energy each day. A different way to make a scene each day. A scenes behind the scenes – arguing, discussing, creative thinking, surprising moments, sudden changes, relationships with actors, oh…It’s a day to the fullest. A demanding and a perfect day. 🙂

Tell us about your dream project.
My dream project… Professional or personal? 🙂 A professional one I think you’re going to be able to see in a few years. Truly hope so. I don’t like to talk about things that mean a lot to me. Such as Dreams.

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
Wong Kar Wai and Ingmar Bergman.

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
A like to play music on the set…I like to edit space in which I am working… 🙂 Maybe to put some balloons, different colors, I like to make it like I’m at home. And I like everybody else to feel like they are at home.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without love. Nobody can.

What inspires you?
Emotions. Situations. Music. Dreams.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
The book is called “The Presence Process”, Michael Brown… For now. 🙂

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