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Filling The Gaps

A documentary about imagination and documentary.
Filling the gaps is a film about the way we construct and understand documentaries. It illustrates how we use our imagination to connect facts, ideas and thoughts to put together and interpret documentaries often making convenient substitutions. It invites to a reflection about mediated representation of real events. Filling the Gaps explores the subject in a lateral way, suggesting rather than telling, encouraging exploration at the root of issues like truthful representation, fake news, cultural appropriation and other widely discussed themes of our days.

  • Fernando Sobron
  • Fernando Sobron
  • Ther Weald Is My Oyster and the University of Sussex
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Espejismos de tu Imaginación
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  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 7, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
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  • Student Project:
  • University of Sussex
    United Kingdom
    November 14, 2018
Director Biography - Fernando Sobron

Fernando was born in Madrid, Spain in the 60s. After years of formation and first jobs in general advertising agencies he moved to the United Kingdom. Fernando worked in London for some of the largest, most creative agencies like Ogilvy's, Publicis, o Leo Burnett as a creative, making the journey from junior to creative director and picking up a few international awards on the way. In the 2000 decade he worked as creative director and regional creative director in European advertising capitals, like Paris or Moscow and other regions of the former Russian Federation, establishing advertising agencies notably in Central Asia.
Along his professional career, Fernando worked across media and in film producing advertisements in the capacity of creative and director. It was in the 2000s when he begun making documentaries, traveling around the world on a motorcycle publishing what we would call today a video blog of documentary videos filmed, edited and released as he traveled light, with a camera and a Pentium III laptop for all equipment!
A little more settled in England these days, Fernando obtained his doctorate on the subject of the intervention of creativity in documentary.
Fernando alternates academic research with commercial and documentary filmmaking and tendering a farm in south west France to help the environment.

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Director Statement

Media has made other’s ambitions and troubles nearly instantaneously available to all. We are more than ever aware of our world and its issues yet in the race for our attention, now a commodity worth millions, the messages are often tainted with hyperbole.
My films don’t want to compete in that race. They are small and deal with everyday issues. Formally, rather than tell or denounce intend on suggesting. This may put my films in disadvantage as they don’t try to urgently appeal but merely to encourage reflect. Or maybe I’m just not very good making them. Just in case, I try to make everyone better than the last one.
Working in advertising gave me a sense on how people forge their beliefs. I maintain that is nearly impossible to convince anyone of anything, they have to convince themselves. They often do this by looking around and sensing what others entertain and countenance. We live in the age of the like, the retweet and the viral. The immense amount of voices crowding the media also hide that smaller voices have it as tough as they've always had. Yet I still want to advocate for them and I hope mine and those of the people I record find and keep a place somewhere.