Private Project

Beyond Abandonment

The documentary investigates the place of abandoned vehicles in the rural landscape within the framework of social ecology, environmental history and graphic art. Old vehicles clutter many villages, field edges and forest areas indicating not only their essential role in rural transportation for landholders but also as an important indicator of rural poverty. In developing the visual beauty of the landscape the added richness of the personal dimension will evoke a sense of place and identity with the abandoned vehicles being both symbolic and metaphoric.

  • Aljaž Novak
    Nania (camera man)
  • Julia Ellis Burnet
  • Julia Ellis Burnet
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    1 hour 4 minutes 47 seconds
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    January 28, 2017
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    98,000 EUR
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  • Washington DC
    United States
    March 16, 2017
Director Biography - Aljaž Novak

Aljaž Novak is an award winning Slovenian film maker and camera man who commenced work on film making in his early twenties as a hobby while explored aspects of extreme sports. Later he worked on major international feature films, such as Narnia, as a camera man. His portraiture work has been greatly influenced by Peter Blume but adapted to his specific interest in light, colour, contrasts and angularity within specific environments and subject material. He is continuously experimenting with various elements and technology.

CINElineFILM was established by Aljaž Novak in 2015 and as Director, Editor and Cameraman he has produced short films and documentaries over the past twelve months across several genera including academic lectures, competitive sporting events including international events filmed on location, ballet and individual portraits. “Beyond Abandonment” is thus an ambitious departure into Environmental Documentary production which hopefully will be followed by “A Question of Place” set in a wider European context.

Aljaž Novak’s gift for “creating moments” visually through his acute perception and application of Paul Klee like colour contrasts and camera angles, captures and extends the intimate interactive cinema encounter between the audience and subject matter.

His dedication to fine detailed editing, matching both visual and audio material with minimal technological enhancement, results in very graphic images with immense visual impact.

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Director Statement

I aim to find in each visual situation an aspect of unique encountering which can convey a significant meaning to every member of the audience.

I am continually experimenting and building my equipment base in order to attain my desired goals.

I have strict technical rules that I do not deviate from and high ethical standards.