Hello! It’s been a while.
I don’t know how or when I became so busy but the past two months have literally flown by. A lot has happened… I’ve moved back to Edinburgh, graduated, become a part-time employee of the Carphone Warehouse and I’ve met James McAvoy.
After a few months at home I soon realised that I wasn’t ready to give up living in a city. Home life can be quite slow and often dragging… time seems to stand still and days feel a lot longer. My flatmate and I moved into an empty flat on Rose Street on the 16th of September with only a picnic mat. (The moving van cancelled). Nearly a month later and I still don’t have a functioning wardrobe. Living on Rose Street completely makes up for the lack of organisation surrounding the move- it’s genuinely amazing. I never want to live anywhere else ever again.
Moving back to Edinburgh was a tough decision to make and hinged on me being able to find a job and something ‘film-y’ to do. Sounds a bit stupid but as I’ve mentioned countless times in this blog, I need to keep learning and progressing. It’s easy to lose motivation/momentum whilst you aren’t studying. Well, I find it harder. Deadlines keep me on my toes and while the whole college experience was stressful, without it I wouldn’t have made the films I’ve made.
After about two weeks back I had the chance (through FreshAir radio) to film at the world premiere of ‘Filth’ in Edinburgh.
Such an exciting experience! I would say more but I can’t really remember. It’s a bit of a blur… all I know is that I think I fancy James McAvoy a bit more after seeing him in person.
Graduation! I’ve officially left Telford college. As I’ve said many times, I had the best two years there but it was definitely time to leave. I’m not sure how graduations are supposed to be but to say mine was awkward would be an understatement. I started graduated life in the best way possible – losing my key and locking myself and my flatmate out. A drunken train journey to fife at 6am wasn’t what I’d planned but nevertheless, I had time to reflect and decided it was some kind of life lesson. I went as far as writing down bullet points on my phone about how I need to be more responsible and less clumsy.
FreshAir! Still filming little bits for the Edinburgh Uni radio station. Latest one was this…
How cool do they look? I wish I was cool.
Anyway! To the exciting part of this blog… a few weeks ago, prior to my enthralling Carphone Warehouse training in Preston, I entered ‘Bridging The Gap’.
‘The initiative aims to bridge the gap between training/graduation and a first commission by offering Scottish-based filmmakers the opportunity to work closely with Scottish Documentary Institute and make 10 minute documentaries. 10 ideas will be short-listed on the basis of the proposal and supporting materials. In the following weeks they will be developed and honed further through workshops so that they can be pitched to a panel of experts who will commission the final 4 projects.’
I got shortlisted! (WOO)
During summer I started researching more into documentary filmmaking and began reading ‘Directing the Documentary’ by Michael Rabiger. Around about the same time my grandad became quite ill and whilst visiting him he told me I should use my filmmaking ‘to do something to help people’. I wasn’t sure how to take it but that really stuck with me and when the situation in Syria became progressively worse I felt obligated to do something. Not mentioned this before but if you know me you’ll be aware I’m half Syrian, still with family living in Damascus. The proposal for the film I submitted is called ‘Flight’ and would basically explore how Syria used to be before the events of the past two years.
The first workshop was a few days ago and the feedback I got from SDI/Thierry Garrel was so extremely helpful. I kind of know which direction I’m going in… (not really- this blog is me procrastinating). The overall idea now is to use archive family footage from the three holidays I’ve been on to Syria. I’d planned to use it before but it’s becoming the focus of the entire film. Which Is fine… I guess it’s just weird to think I’d potentially not be filming anything. However (weirdly) during summer I saw two of the most amazing films I’ve ever seen and both are solely made up of archive footage. ‘Infiltrators’ and ‘From the Sea to the Land and Beyond’. So it can be done… I just need to be able to do it…
Anyway. I should really be working on the film and here I am writing a blog post. Not entirely sure why I’m still doing it (I think I just got bored in summer). But I guess it’s good to have some kind of diary for myself. Next year I can look back on my ‘gap year’ (??) and see whatever the hell it was I actually did.
P.S. Bestival was incredible.