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PATHLESS, 5min., Belgium, Fashion
Directed by Charlotte Verminck
A poetic translation of the universal feeling at one’s unknown next step in life. It connects to the overwhelming periods of doubtful thoughts yet resilient ambition one may encounter. A visual and aural combination of fear yet fearlessness. Though the soliloquy echoes one’s inner difficulty, the road of life gives aspiration for more, and that road is pathless.
Charlotte Verminck is a filmmaker born and raised in Belgium. Ever since she was a little girl, she holds an intense excitement for visual and written storytelling. Her Shih Tzu dog, whom she considers her muse, got the starring role in the first few video trailers she has ever shot and edited.
Charlotte owns a Bachelor’s degree in International Communication and Media. While she completed her studies, Charlotte worked as a video artist for Belgian musician and artist Ozark Henry. She discovered her deep passion for film during her stay in Los Angeles interning at Little Minx, a production company located in Hollywood.
After she graduated, Charlotte immediately started to deepen herself in the world of cinema making her debut with “Pathless” taking on the role of writer, director, cinematographer, producer, and editor. She completed this short film without studying at a film school but learned from a cinematography course, online masterclasses, and studying her heroes. She believes that anyone can do anything if one just follows their curiosity while continuing the act of never giving up.
Due to the script being so experimental, Charlotte in all respects wanted the film to have the same unique DNA applying unexpected transitions; using various camera gear; adding an original versatile score; and letting the same person play the protagonist and antagonist. This experimental way of storytelling linked her passion for poetry and film.
The message in the protagonist’s soliloquy wants to make the viewer aware that the breaks in life aren’t bad things. These moments enter your existence to teach you something. It makes time to analyze where you wish to head next in this world. It’s a blessing to be “pathless” because it indicates you can go wherever you want to move planting seeds where YOU genuinely desire. In short, this film is a love letter to life.