Name: Lucas Helth Postma
Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark
Random Facts About Me: I haven’t watched any of the Lord of the Rings movies.
One sentence about why I make films: To share my story and give my perspective of life to
Boy won the Jury Prize at Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Audience Award and Jury Award at The Next Film Festival, Audience Choice Award at Melbourne Queer Film Festival for Best International Short, Best International Short Film at Fresh Film Festival, and the Third Prize at Josiah Media Festival.
1. Can you give us some background on how you first got into filmmaking?
I got into filmmaking when I was 10 or 11 and started making small films on my cellphone. It had this pause button, so I could “cut” different clips together which I was very excited about. I later made small films on video cameras with my friends and loved to edit them afterwards. From there, it has just evolved and now my focus is more on storytelling; however I still love to edit and enjoy the more technical side of filmmaking.
He suddenly started to bore holes into the walls. The noise was so loud that it was destroying our footage. I ended up using half of the film’s small budget to pay him to leave. Lucas Postma
2. I know that you are a part of a film group. Is this through your school or separate? Can you tell us about this group?
I attended Station Next for three years between the ages of 14 and 16. Station Next is a youth film school which I could attend for three years. Designed for people between the ages of 13 and 18, it is a very amazing opportunity taught by professional filmmakers. It has changed my life.
Laura Hancock as Emilie in a scene from the award-winning film, Boy.
3. I met you at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in 2015 where your film Boy was screened. Can you tell us a little bit about the film, your inspiration for it, and the response you’ve received? If I am not mistaken, the film has really gone viral.
I made Boy at Station Next in my second year at the school. Each year, the class produces one main short film as a group. All the students in the class pitch ideas. I was thrilled when the idea that was submitted by my friend Olivia, and I was chosen. That idea became Boy.
The film is about a transgender boy who comes out to his mother at a family lunch. The inspiration for the film originated from different things. Olivia, who was the co-writer with me on the film, and I had watched the same documentary about a transgender and we were very moved about the conflict faced by the individual in the film. From our different lives, we could both relate to the feeling of being unaccepted.
Lucas Postma working behind the camera.
Boy was an amazing experience and it was the first film I directed. Until then, I had never seen myself as a writer or director but it changed my view on filmmaking. Very lucky for us, the film’s premiere occurred the same week that the Danish parliament changed the law for transgenders. I was invited onto national television, which, in turn, brought the film tremendous attention. After seeing the national coverage, someone posted it on tumblr and it received around 90,000 reblogs in two days. Crazy! The film has over 8 million views and the response has been massive.
I’m so proud of the response to the film and that the message has been spread widely.
4. Are you working on any new projects that you can share with us?
I am currently working on a new script, which I am very excited about. It’s a very touchy and emotional story to me.
Tobias as Robert in the film Wings for Sally.
5. Do you have any stories about unexpected or surprising things that have occurred on a production of yours?
All of my productions have weird stories behind them.
Once I was the production manager on a short film. We were shooting in a house and only had this one day to shoot the film!
Shahbaz Sarwar (bottom) and Ane Steensgaard Juul (top) in the film Tilde
A worker showed up to do something in another part of the house. He suddenly started to bore holes into the walls. The noise was so loud that it was destroying our footage. I ended up using half of the film’s small budget to pay him to leave.
6. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a young filmmaker who wants to start taking their first filmmaking steps?
Tell the stories from your heart! We want to experience them.