Janet Leigh, 2012
JANET LEIGH resulted from a traveling film-sculpture, moving from exhibition to exhibition between 2010 and 2012. During exhibits the set was used to shoot a short experimental film based on one of cinema’s most iconic horror-scenes in history. By shifting and moving around actors and details the original scene looses its meaning. It turns into a mantra until a vacuum arises that leaves the viewer to contemplate the original scene.
The resulting film was broadcast at Dutch national tv and won a prize for best Dutch short at Go Short Festival in 2013.
Jeroen Offerman (b. Eindhoven, NL 1970) is a visual artist and no-budget filmmaker who studied sculpture and contemporary art in the Netherlands and at Goldsmiths College in London. Around the change of the millennium Offerman started to make his first short video’s. His performance-film “the Stairway at st.Paul’s”, shot at the steps of St.Paul’s cathedral, thrilled audiences at filmfestivals world-wide. At present Jeroen is interested in developing ci-ne-ma art that has a strong root in sculpture and set-designs. Where a lot of filmmakers apply the “form-follows-content” principle while developing their work, Jeroen’s films can start with a prop-set while the film-ideas haven’t fully shaped yet. Just as with an artist working in his studio, form and content can develop at the same time, allowing for the unexpected to happen.