At the end of last year, I was creatively spent. I'd had two massive years in which I made two short films, moved cities, travelled interstate and overseas to a bunch of festivals, developed projects, submitted funding applications, and worked full-time.
So over the summer I took a break. I went to bed early, got up and watched the sun rise, took long walks, swam in the icy waves of Bondi, watched movies, read books, listened to podcasts, and napped a lot. It's the best thing I could have done.
And now I'm back to writing again.
I've been redrafting a short film script that I've had in development since late 2015. It's a story that I love and a film that I'm so excited to make later this year. It's moved forward significantly over the last two months, becoming something that feels a bit magic.
I've submitted that project for funding, and now I'm turning my attention back to my feature. It's a twisty, knotty thriller and I've been struggling to find my way back into it after my extended break. It feels like I'm starting from scratch as I approach this new treatment.
In trying to break the story last year, I lost sight of the forest for the trees. I also lost sight of all the delicious dramatic questions and themes that drew me to this project in the first place. So this last month has been about exercising my writing muscles, allowing myself to dream, and finding the love again.
I'm really glad I took a break.
As a commitment to watching more films and being more conscious in my choices, I've started tracking what I watch. (N.B. I started tracking part-way through the month then went back and worked out what I'd watched earlier.)
2/2 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, The Good Place S2E13, Jerry Before Seinfeld
3/2 Steve Jobs
4/2 Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
5/2 Lady Bird
9/2 The Social Network
11/2 Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
15/2 Squinters Season 1
17/2 Mozart in the Jungle Season 4, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
18/2 Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie
19/2 Black Panther
20/2 The Imposter
23/2 Force Majeure
24/2 Miss Sloane
25/2 Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Banksy Does New York
27/2 Blue Valentine, UnREAL S3E1