Thursday, 9:30 p.m., February 10, 2011. For most people in the world, this date is not very important, just another click of the second hand counting down time. But Kyle Taubken, a student at Freed-Hardeman University and a filmmaker, will remember this moment for years to come. The culmination of a film idea that began more than two years ago finally came to fruition in the film’s debut at Freed-Hardeman University in the black box theater of the Crews-Colbert building. The turnout was more than expected as the crowd overflowed from the first theater into a second. Taubken was nervous and excited, wondering if the audience would be receptive of this idea that had inundated his thoughts. “Le Rêve Des Pistes,” or “The Dream of the Tracks,” astounded the audience with its striking debut.
“The film gave an interesting take on the different types of relationships that a person encounters,” audience member Johnathon Haynes said. “The showcasing of things left unsaid was especially profound.”
The journey had begun two years earlier when Taubken wrote his first script. He remembers, “I had a script that was good, but I needed much more experience with filmmaking to actually have the script develop into a quality film. So I made my first film over the summer break. It was awful. That didn’t matter because I was getting experience.” Following this first excursion into the film world, he produced two more short films, “Mr. Sellers” and “Cannonball.” Over the next year, Taubken continued developing his talents in filmmaking and exploring his ideas in a tangible form. The beginning of his senior year at FHU, he decided, was the time to revisit his original script. By this point, he had matured through his experiences with film and was prepared to tackle a serious script.
Taubken says he does not want to fall idly into a category of bad student filmmaking. “People try to extend themselves beyond their means as a director. There is a stigma that student films are overly ambitious, and while impressive, fail at being good cinema. My intentions are to produce something different and better than what most students are directing,” he said. The great masters of film that he respects and emulates helped him to form the ideas that create separation from other filmmakers. Stanley Kubrick is his most admired director. Taubken also respects other well-known directors like Martin Scorcese, Quenton Tarantino, and Woody Allen. “It’s interesting because I really love these directors, but my films are not anything like the films they produce,” Kyle realizes. While his style of filmmaking may vary from his mentors, Taubken gathers inspiration from their originality and astounding cinematography.
Taubken‘s education at FHU has been vitally important in furthering his aspirations as a director. As a mass media major, he has had access to information and resources to foster his interests and encourage his potential as a director. Experience with the Freed-Hardeman Network (FHN), the campus television station, and WFHU, the campus radio station, also sharpened his understanding of what it takes to capture an audience whether through a visual or spoken idea. Taubken appreciates the access to filming equipment FHU has provided. Without the equipment he would not have had any opportunity of attending graduate school or pursuing a directing career. FHU has been a springboard for his success.
Now Taubken looks forward to graduate school at either Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) or the University of Texas at Austin. There is no question for Taubken that he will attend graduate school. “I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t attend graduate school. I don’t have any equipment of my own,” he admits. “I see my dream and am ready to do whatever it takes to pursue it. Too many people aren’t willing to take a risk and pursue their dream, but I am.”
Taubken believes film to be a wonderful art form. “A film can show you a circumstance or experience that you have never seen before and may never see in your life. The new perspectives change the way people view the world, allowing us to see the reflections of truth,” Taubken relates.
“Le Rêve Des Pistes” incorporates both the elements of a new experience and those we know all too well. The main character, Tommy, interacts with old friends in dreams and reality, learning how changes have strained and affected those relationships. A disjointed sensibility yet concerted search for the tangible related Tommy’s story to the audience of college students in the theater that evening. Taubken’s thoughts, converted so passionately into filmmaking, capture and clarify the hope of the artist’s dream.