Kat Kaufmann - Writer, Composer, Photographer
'DOLCE - THE UNFINISHED MOVIE OF LIFE'
"Hotel Bogota" - A tribute to the last days of HOTEL BOGOTA/Berlin, where the photographer Yva had her studio and taught young Helmut Newton his crafts
The „One day only“-Rule
"So - since you studied music, film, are writing Books and work as a photographer - what is your main profession?" is a question I get asked frequently.
The answer is: It's storytelling.
Storytelling is where all my professions meet.
When I was six and I told my father that I wanted to become a director, just like him, he said one thing that has been guiding me through life ever since: If you want to direct, and that means to know what the story you want to tell should sound, look, even taste like - you need to learn and understand all crafts that supply it.
For every profession - In order to understand the "composition" on a deeper level, understanding each "Instrument" is essential.
So when I started making movies in 2011 my aim was to learn and understand the crafts behind it as a part of my thinking process.
I even sat myself a goal of one day only for the shootings - to take it to the extreme and prove wrong all those who, in filmschool taught us that without Money, the right this, the right that, a permission signed etc - nothing would be possible.
I shot several short films - until my work was found online by my first client who then offered me to shoot my first paid commercial.
The result was "the girl". A short that resulted in shooting the next short-film-like-Advertisment, "If you go away" and "Hotel Bogota", a short film about a historic Hotel in Berlin right befor it had to close its doors for ever.
All three shot in one day.
NO permissions, NO Budget. No one but me and the actors.
Many things have changed since, but having been a "one day" - rebel without a crew changed and twisted my view on many things.
"if you go away" / online commercial / client: la tache bobo jewellery LONDON
"the girl" / online commercial / client: St.Eilen