Short Biography

  Portrait at NFFTY 2018, Seattle

Portrait at NFFTY 2018, Seattle

I began my professional filmmaking career as an assistant at various post-production houses in Soho, London. In 2016, I created my directorial debut, ‘Ima Miriam’ (documentary), which was my first success at independent film festivals. Upon joining the London Film Academy in 2017 I created the short-film comedy, ‘Tension’. Continuing with my love for creating films of differing genres and forms, I pitched to direct a 10 minute drama piece for my graduation film.  Together with the hard work of my classmates, and the support of the Film Academy, 'Suzanne & Martin' came to it's completion in April, 2018.


Personal Statement

I remember making my first short film. It was in 2012, when I had just received an iPad for my birthday. The first video I made with a friend was a fake trailer for a superhero film. I'll never forget that 'lightbulb' moment that I had while piecing together that short story. The satisfaction and energy I received from being creative in a way I'd never been before was eye opening to me. I never looked back.

From dramas to documentaries, marketing videos to music videos, the next two years, I began my path in learning what it meant to be a modern filmmaker.

  On set for the short film 'All Stretched Out' - 2017, directed by Alastair Train.

On set for the short film 'All Stretched Out' - 2017, directed by Alastair Train.

It was in 2014 where I began my first ever industry position, as an assistant editor / runner in a handful of post-production houses in Soho, London. When 2015 came around, I began to work as a trainee editor on the feature film 'After Louise', a scoop films production.

During all this time, one thing was constant., my drive to create my own work, and tell my own stories, whenever I could.

In late 2016, I created the short documentary 'Ima Miriam'. I knew that the only way I could immortalise the amazing stories and character my grandmother has, was to create a film about her. I remember from the inception of the idea, to the 5 days shooting in Israel, to locking the edit, would have been no longer than two months. It was an exhilarating time.  Having the whole family watch the film at my grandmothers 95th birthday party is a memory I will always treasure. After submitting the film to a few festivals, I was incredibly excited to find myself in L.A. a few months later where 'Ima Miriam' had won it's (and my!) first ever award, at the 'Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood'. It was after the Q&A for the film that I received a touching comment from someone that was in the audience. He was telling me how much he had enjoyed the film, and how he had seen so many similarities to my grandmother from Israel to his late mother born in California. It's an interaction that I will never forget. My trip to L.A. left me inspired and energised to create.

  Still from the documentary short 'Ima Miriam' - 2016

Still from the documentary short 'Ima Miriam' - 2016

 
  Still from the comedy short 'Tension' - 2017

Still from the comedy short 'Tension' - 2017

In May of 2017, I began to study at the London Film Academy. Participating in all aspects of filmmaking for the first time, I began to understand the importance of being creative and collaborative within a group. Up until then, I had only made films on my own. It was then in June when I directed the 2 minute short film 'Tension'. This was my first ever short film where I worked with a crew. It allowed me to tell a story in ways that were never possible on my own. It was an amazing experience to work with a Director of Photography, and through the use of analog Super16mm, we achieved an exciting look for the film. The power of a creative collective, truly is immense.

 
  Talking with actors, Katie & Alec on the set of Suzanne & Martin - 2018

Talking with actors, Katie & Alec on the set of Suzanne & Martin - 2018

Nearing the end of my time at the London Film Academy, I was chosen to be one of the three students in my year to direct a ten minute graduation piece. I had an amazing pre-production team, which over two months helped me shape my ideas into a reality called 'Suzanne & Martin'. I took all the lessons I had learnt from my previous films, and applied them into the production. Looking in to my personal experience's and memories, and allowing for them to influence the story, has made this film a more personal experience for me. This coming October (2018) the film will be played at the BFI, Southbank Cinema during the London Film Academy graduation ceremony. I can't wait for people to see the final film!

 

My understanding of what filmmaking means to me, will be ever evolving. I will always be learning, creating and telling better stories. There really is no other way for me to live!

- Yoni