For almost a year Rebecka W.Fagerberg has been filming and editing the new documentary Women in Music Production in collaboration with EQLovesMusic. The Documentary had a preview at EQLovesFestival ONLINE2020 the 26:st of September, and will officially be released the 1:st of October 2020. We wanted to highlight Rebecka and her process regarding the making of the film, and asked her a few questions:
- Hi Rebecka, how and where are you currently during this pandemic?
Hi! I’m good! I’ve just moved into a new apartment, so I’m sitting at my new and improved workstation right now. (The only thing new about it is a wireless lamp, but I like it.) It’s where I spend most of my time these days.
- It’s been a year since you started creating the EQLovesMusic Documentary. Women in Music Production. Can you tell us a little about the journey and the idea from the idea to do this documentary and a bit about the process?
We started talking about this project two years ago, but didn’t start shooting until we got to New York in June last year. Going into this project, I had no idea how much time and effort it would take to make a 30 minute documentary. I had only made videos that were around five to ten minutes before, and never anything that depended on this many people. But I felt motivated to try something new. I’ve always loved music but never really been on the performing side of it so I was looking for a way to bring more music into my work. And then I
got this opportunity to work with EQLovesMusic which has been really exciting.
- About the topic of the movie and equality, how did you come across the subject? And why did it resonate with you ?
A few years back I remember my friend telling me that I should be more feminist. And at that time I didn’t really understand why that was important. But as time went on I began to see what she meant, and one day I came across this tweet that asked female followers to write down what they would do at night if all men had a 9 pm curfew. The answers were as simple as “I would go for a walk.” As women we are taught at a very young age that we should always be careful. And I wish I could say that the fear is irrational, but it’s not. We also still have to work a little harder to be recognized for our work. Sometimes it’s so subtle that other people don’t even notice it, and that’s exactly why we need to listen to each other. Film is a great way to share your experiences and reach out to people so I’m really happy that I can help shed some light on this issue.
- Is there anything in your own career as a photographer/filmmaker that you would like to be changed for the better? What and how?
Any profession that requires technical proficiency tends to be dominated by men, and the same goes for photography and filmmaking. So I would love to see more women at local workshops and seminars and in tutorials on YouTube. Being a creator can be scary because you have to showcase your work. But we all have something in common and that is that we love to create things. Keep that in mind when you feel intimidated by other people in the
room. I’ve learned that asking questions—and being asked—is actually kind of flattering. It means that someone else is interested in the same thing as you are and/or look up to you. If we can make the most of that and treat everyone as colleagues and as people on the same team, I think we will have a better and more sustainable working environment.
- How was the trip to NYC? And how was it like meeting all the role models?
The trip to NYC is the most memorable experience of my career so far. I got to see how it’s possible to connect to people across nations and work together towards the same goal. The meetup at The Consulate General of Sweden in New York was so warm and welcoming.
Everyone was laidback and there was no pressure to act a certain way despite the fact that we all came from such different backgrounds. Some had worked in the music industry for years,
and some were just starting out, but it didn’t really matter. It was very inspiring to listen to the role models talking about their work and achievements and how they handle difficult situations. I can relate to a lot of it as a photographer.
- Did you develop any specific skill during this production?
I’ve learnt so much, maybe not a specific skill but the way I work and how I collaborate with others will be different from now on. I know how to manage a larger project and I know that working with others is the best way to make great things happen. I’ve also learnt how to have fun while working because I used to be so focused on what I was doing that I forgot to be present in the moment.
- Film and photography can be a bit of a lonely working environment, as well as music production. What is it that inspires you to continue creating?
What inspires me is that I can use the things that I’m good at to help others. Visual communication is about taking something complex and presenting it in a way that is accessible to more people. It’s a challenge but that’s what makes it fun.
- What are your future hopes regarding this documentary?
I hope that whoever watches it will take a moment to just sit down and listen. We don’t always have to react to everything immediately. Sometimes it’s enough to ask yourself how this affects you and how you can make a change for yourself and the people around you. The
film is also meant to inspire young girls and female identifying youth to pursue a career in creative technology. The documentary will be released on YouTube on October 1st.
- Do you have any more projects lining up in the near future? If yes what? What’s your main focus right now in this moment?
I’m currently studying at the Digital Designer programme at Yrgo here in Gothenburg so that’s my priority. As far as freelancing goes, I don’t have any projects lined up right now so I’m looking forward to a calm fall, spending more time outside and watching the leaves
change color. It’s a perfect season for photography so hopefully that’s what I’ll be doing.
Thank you ever so much for creating this important film to help us continue with our work regarding raising awareness!