Dennis Petersen is a multiple award winning and nominated director and writer. He completed his studies in directing and script writing at Kulturama Academy of Film in Stockholm, and directing and writing at TV Production Program in Gothenburg.
In 2012 he released his first project as a director and writer, a short film called A Secret. The short film A Secret won Best Short in New Media Film Festival 2012, The Accolade Competition Award Of Merit 2012, AOF 2012 Runner up Best Foreign Film and Soho Best World Short 2013 New York. His second projects called Redeem: The beginning was released 2013 writen and directed by Dennis. America’s book “The Top 100 Indie Filmmakers In The World” nominated Dennis in their 2015 edition as one of the up and coming directors.
Q & A
If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in? Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?
Absolutely not. But it is not far from the world we are living in now. More and more people are moving to and living in favelas as we speak. And in some countries Death squads are killing people to keep the people at bay and poor people of the streets. In the movie we have just turned it up a notch.
Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?
Yoda from Star Wars he is my kind of guy. Imagine that everything you say is a philosophical thought and could be a bumper sticker on the back of a car.
Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence?
If they advance artificial intelligence into something like the T-1000 (Terminator) I would definitely make sure to keep them on my side as friends and I would try my best to never piss them off...
What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?
Yes of course. I would probably see all their movies because I would be unemployed and have a lot of time in my hands.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I try to not see things as a bad idea but more like a peace of clay that can be molded and developed in to what ever shape you want. I think that helps me to not limit myself when brainstorming. And the way I find my spark is by forcing my self to sit down in front of the computer until I create something that gives me the spark. I'm more in to pure grit rather than waiting for a divine intervention.
Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Practical or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Definitely Star Wars. Philip K. Dick. Start with practical and sprinkle with CGI. I find it more interesting working with dystopian worlds. Post Apocalypse.