The Wild Woman

DIANA THATER

Los Angeles Confidential - - Scene -

De­scribe your process.

I do tons of re­search—reading, watch­ing films, vis­it­ing lo­ca­tions—be­fore I plan any shoot. I usu­ally work with con­ser­va­tion­ists or sci­en­tists or ac­tivists who are spe­cial­ists in the field I’m study­ing. I do all the cam­er­a­work and edit­ing. I don’t like work­ing with other peo­ple or telling any­one what to do. I like to think in quiet and work in peace—maybe that’s why I like an­i­mals so much! They don’t talk and an­noy me. How do you view the artist’s role in so­ci­ety? Artists can be pur­vey­ors of truth and beauty, and so­ci­ety needs those two things to de­fine it­self. Art speaks out against op­pres­sion—that is nec­es­sary in the times in which we find our­selves. When art is great, it is a rev­o­lu­tion.

Lo­ca­tion and scale are big in your art. What en­vi­ron­ments do you fa­vor?

I am ob­sessed with Kenya, Tan­za­nia, and Botswana right now. The land­scape and the va­ri­ety of an­i­mals of­fer great film­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. I wish North Amer­ica had the va­ri­ety of wildlife that Africa has. I find I have to go quite far to film. thater­stu­dio.com

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