It has been a little bit more than a week, and, what have I done so far?
Well so far, I have pitched dis-ABLE to potential client who might be interested in making a small donation to the project. Besides that it has been only about the research into the project. I have researched further into possible charitable organisations who I would like to form a collaboration with. Upon research, I would like to collaborate with 'Disability Rights UK' 'SCOPE' as well as 'Art Shape'. These are amazing the charitable organisation with years of experience in helping people in need and with resources to accommodate their needs.
Before that happens, I need to have a Producer on board for the project, and due to the nature of student filmmaking and micro-budget filmmaking it is extremely difficult to find a producer that you trust. I will have a producer on board by January, because people are undecided during the holidays, as most of us are focused on only two things: food and presents.
On the other hand, along with the script, I have worked on a poem which I would like to include in this film. This will be done in first person narrative from the protagonist (Maya) from her younger self to her present age.
The poem might change slightly, as the script changes.
I've heard that the sky is different where you are now
It's a bit more violet than blue
It's a bit more brighter than grey
It's a bit more vast than unseen
It's a bit more like you
What you used to be.
That cold violet sky sometimes visits me
Beholds me to ignite me
To show me a way
My mind so foolish
And my body so shrivel
It won't let the heart tare away your memories
So it shares the pain
To hurt me every now and then.
So foolish, I know and I laughed too
You loved me at the some point, didn't know the conditions were true.
'You are beautiful Maya...stay beautiful'
Was the only dictated compliment you offered me
What happens when I grow old?
Was a question that haunted me so tenderly.
A young woman paralysed from an accident loses her identity and finds herself again with the hope from an orphan.
dis-ABLE is an exciting project which I am looking forward to direct and write. I have given myself the duration of fifteen minuets for this film and a time span of three months to have the script finalised.
Process of script outlining only began a week ago and I am still doing through research into various types of disabilities and their impacts on the individuals. I cannot say that I have a disability, though I have many insecurities, which I know is not the same, but to ensure that I represent the topic truthfully, I am the actively doing research that will further my understanding.
Why am I writing a script that involves the topic of disability?
As a student filmmaker I want to ensure that this student filmmaking journey is a portrayal of the kind of professional filmmaker I want to be in the near future. I am given the resources and the knowledge from my university and peers to be able to understand the basis of filmmaking and I want to take this further and put these skills into practice by writing & directing projects that add value to the society in which we live and that are educational, informative and entertaining to watch.
Furthermore, disability is not often given the voice it deserves. We even try to hide our insecurities from the rest of the world because we are scared of being judged or being questioned or objected by them. With any disability it gets tougher to hide them sometimes and the society consequently segregates those with disability into two separate brackets of being able and disabled. In my perspective these differences should not being given a stand in our society, whether that is our workplace, educational institutions or in any other settings. Disability is often not the hurdle, societal pressure, parental pressure and our negative mindset is often the reason that comes in-between achievements and life in general.
How have I contributed to social issues in filmmaking prior to the current project?
Since the beginning of my university career, I have ensured that I work on projects which are exiting, meaningful and worthwhile to me. Films such as 'Change' (directed by Tom Smith) which deals with the topic of homelessness and living in poverty. This film has been awarded various short film awards including Oniros Film Awards 2018, Chelmsford Film Festival 2018 & Independent Directions Film Festival 2018. I also worked on a documentary which explores the hardships of increasing homeless people in Bournemouth, in which homeless people from the streets and various shelter were interviewed to be able to share their experiences. As well as share what the local council is doing in order to help those in need.
I since then have working on my own short film 'Vulture' which deals with topics of: suicide, rape and religion. I gave a thorough sensitive treatment to this film. And my utmost priority was always to not offend the issues being address and the audience. As a writer and director of this film, I was extremely passionate about mirroring the issues that are relevant to our society today. Charitable organisations such as 'Space' and 'Mind' collaborated with us and showed their support toward the topic.
What are the current pre-production challenges for dis-ABLE?
Current challenges are one too many, as the project is still very new and needs a lot of treatment. Besides actively researching into the topic, I am also writing the script and I have convinced myself to write two pages per week. Besides that I am also contemplating on different plot points and ending of the film that does justice to tone of the film. I always battle with myself when it comes to choosing the ending because, somehow it is embedded in most of the mainstream cinema that no matter how bad the journey, it will always have a happy ending. And, I am running far away from this mindset, I wish to present a canvas of reality to the audience. I will keep the urge to portray un-real life till I get the opportunity to work with Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. on a fascinating surreal project.
What are my plans for this project?
Besides ensuring that I invest 100% of my energy, hard work and creativity into this project. My plans for this project are big and bright, I would like to take this project in to the top respected film festivals such as: 'Raindance Film Festival' 'Student Academy Awards' ' Cannes Short Film Festival' and 'New York Short Film Festivals' just to name a few.
Besides, these platforms which will help in informing and educating the audience. I am also going to to reach out to different disability charitable organisations such as 'Scope' and 'Disability Rights UK' to create an association with their organisation. This will create an opportunity for Q+A sessions with the advisors and the people involved in this film as well as members of general public. I would also like to work on seeking donations that will help these charitable organisations in improving their facilities and lending more health and care to those who need it.
I am a final year BA (Hons) Film student who is enthusiastic and passionate about filmmaking and consuming them too.
A short film project which I directed earlier this year.
It deals with themes of: rape, suicide and religion.
The link for the trailer is below and the film will be published in December.