Georgia-based filmmaker Benjamin Roberds is the creative mind behind the music video for the song “Time Stops” by the StarBenders. A Visiones official selection, his video explores absence through shots of a melancholy train. Read more about Roberd’s film and vision below.
What is your connection to the South?
I was born in Georgia and have spent the last 8 years in Athens where I started a production company called Dominar Films.
Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
Within minutes of hearing “Time Stops” for the first time I really wanted to film the video in an abandoned train car. We luckily located a 1920’s train car sitting in a field behind a bank in Hartwell, Ga.
How did you start making films? I started making films at the age of 8 with a VHS camera and have pursued film since then.
Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
My producer Katie Gregg build a 65 foot motorized dolly system that was so down to the wire, the first shot of the video was the first time it had been tested. It lasted throughout the day and until 2am in the morning where a tiny screw fell out. My entire crew crawled on our hands and knees searching the train car until Katie was able to rig a larger screw to reattach the wheel and get the final shot.
What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
I always love showing “Time Stops” to new audiences and Indie Grits seems like it will be a fun crowd. I hope they enjoy it.
Why should someone see your film?
“Time Stops” was a passion project that came together very well in the end. We filmed over the course of a day and night in an abandoned train car. By using a timed dolly system, green screens and hours of After Effects compositing we made it appear to be one long train.