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Director's Insight: A Conversation with József Pacskovszky



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Director's Insight: A Conversation with József Pacskovszky

Embarking on a journey behind the scenes, we delve into the creative mind of the acclaimed director, József Pacskovszky, as he shares his unique vision and perspective on the making of The Perfect Murderer.

Are you spending your days in the cutting room with The Perfect Murderer these days?
Absolutely. Maintaining tension is crucial in this crime drama. Effective editing is more about combining ideas than just visuals. The script's essence should come alive on screen - conveyed through acting, camera work, music, and editing. Creating continuous emotional engagement is vital. Understanding crime genre grammar, inspired by masters like Hitchcock and Die Hard's director, is key. Advanced cutting technology helps, but creators must skillfully evoke desired emotions.

How did the idea for the film come about?
In England, I taught at Bournemouth University for a year and a half. During that time, I applied for a film project. When it was set to begin, I requested leave to return home, prioritizing my role as a film director over teaching. I'm eager about delving into crime fiction, as it's a genre I haven't explored much.

What could be wrong with today's movie?
Film distribution poses challenges, with many movies easily overlooked. Unlike books, films require dedicated time and effort, often with limited theater screenings, especially for Hungarian films. The ideal experience is watching movies on the big screen in cinemas, though online platforms are gaining popularity among younger audiences.

How can the motion picture then reach its audience?
First of all, the film has to be good, so a lot of things are decided in the first week - let's say I would be happy if, in our case, people came away with the idea that it could be a French film or a Swedish crime film in terms of its quality, only they speak Hungarian, and takes place in Budapest.

What raw material did you shoot on?
For The Perfect Murderer, I required an extensive amount of raw materials. Given the digital nature of the film, incorporating explosions, chases, commando scenes, and falls would have been exceedingly costly, and using traditional film's raw material wouldn't have been justifiable. Filmmaking involves tricks, including digital techniques, aiming for a traditional, textured look with film's unique qualities like graininess and warmth. Digital methods can mimic this, counteracting digital sterility and achieving a cinematic effect, particularly in achieving a desired black tone.

Did the script provide accurate guidance?
Success in filmmaking involves a precise script (60%), a good cast (15-20%), and luck (the rest). The unpredictability of filming mirrors life's uncertainties, emphasizing the need to adapt and react to unexpected events.

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