TNF PRESENTS. Temujin Doran: Videos about Ben Saunders (interview part 1)
Temujin Doran: I made a few silly, short films when I was studying in Falmouth – it was mostly just for my friends and for fun, and I had no real ambition with them. But then I entered those films in a competition and managed to win.
Since living in London, I seem to be doing more film work than illustration – which is what I studied. That seems quite odd to me at times.
The film work I do is split between documentary work and storytelling. At the moment I don’t get many chances to do the latter, but I hope to do much more in the future. I also have an ever-expanding list of short documentary films I’d like to make in my spare time.
In terms of an artistic statement, I’m not sure I have one – but I do really like stories with sad endings.
Temujin Doran: Ben and Andy got in touch with me completely out of the blue. They saw my film in the Vimeo Awards event in New York, and they asked me if I was interested in doing some documentary work for an expedition they were planning, and also whether I had any interest in the Arctic. At the time, I had just come back from a month-long artistic residency aboard a boat in Svalbard, in the High Arctic, and I really wanted to go back to a place like that. I tried to hide my abundant enthusiasm, and simply said ‘yes’.
The films I made for Ben and Andy were made to document the process leading up to the expedition, and to show how incredibly difficult and precise its initial stages had to be, not to mention the physical demands of the journey.
Interview in parts
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