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The multifaceted approach to cinema of an Ohio State student



Shot of Tamara Joseph’s creative process, with stop-motion set for a multimedia film with a priest who will then be placed in an animated coffin. Credit: Courtesy of Tamara Joseph

Not everyone can turn a sudden thought or idea into an elaborate film production.

But that’s the reality for Tamara Joseph, a fourth year in neuroscience. The native of England writes, acts and produces her own short films, all of which stem from simple sentences in her head. From there, Joseph can begin to create his story, visualizing his characters and their personalities.

“I get these lines and phrases that mean nothing to anyone and they inspire random things,” Joseph said. “What I’m going to do is spend some time drawing the person saying the line.”

Joseph first became interested in cinema as a child, but she said his love for it developed throughout her life, leading him to create and post videos about her. . website, “Undead mummy.”

Although some people imagine short films to follow a story, Joseph said many of his films are quite ambiguous, with abstract messages and quirky intersections of different art forms leaving a lot to be questioned. Joseph said she loved expressing herself the most through her artistry and authenticity.

“My favorite part is when I do it for myself and I don’t think about anyone else because then I can just bring these lines to life and it means something to me,” Joseph said. “I don’t know if it will mean anything to someone else, but it can be very frustrating trying to make it mean something to someone else.”

Yazmin Soulati, a second year in philosophy, politics and economics, said Joseph’s work was unique.

“I think they’re so cool and creative, and when I see them I’m like ‘Wow, I never would have thought of something like that,’” Soulati said.

Soulati and Joseph met last year through Mock Trial, an Ohio State student organization focused on public speaking. Soulati said they immediately hit it off.

“She works so hard and I admire her so much,” Soulati said. “I want people to see how hard she works and how talented she is.”

Leonid Pozdneev, another friend of Joseph and Georgia Tech alumni, said he also appreciates his unique approach to filmmaking.

“She was always very artistic and had a very distinct style,” said Pozdneev. “My favorite thing about Tamara’s work is her style.”

Friends of Joseph have said his films are rather short and don’t tend to follow a full storyline most of the time, but still strike with their creativity.

“I think people should eliminate all expectations before they see Tamara’s work,” Pozdneev said. “His videos never follow a specific pattern.”

“The Greetails,” one of Joseph’s short films, combines two forms of action and animation, she said. Joseph said the film in particular meant a lot to her because her style is more “Disney-style,” has fewer darker elements than her other work, and it was a project she was able to collaborate on with a deceased friend.

However, Joseph said a more “story-like” movie was to be expected in the future. She said the film is in the works, but she still doesn’t know when it will be ready for its debut.

“I’m really excited to feel that for the first time I will be able to put out something that the average person can see and be like, ‘Okay, that was a story,’” said Joseph.

Joseph publishes his work on her Youtube channel and website.



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