Mermaids

So many amazing things have been happening for me in the world of film lately. I can hardly believe the ride that I’ve been on since making Angel & Rajapala back in 2009. I remember the moment I finally decided to stop uming and ahhing about going into film. It’s been a dream ever since high school days and I just kept getting side tracked by design, advertising and a random collection of careers over the year. But, this is it now! I want to jump in and give it all I’ve got. It’s filmmaking or bust! (hope it’s not bust).

Way back in July of 2010, while I was supposed to be on a contemplative retreat in the Himalayas, I wrote a short film script. Quite naughty of me as I was there to concentrate on teachings and all things Buddhism. In a way it is related, the script that is. I remember we were studying about patience at the time and all these thoughts were jumbling around in my head. I felt a story building up and I didn’t quite know how to start.

I’d had an image rolling about in my imagination for years – a young, beautiful woman wakes up alone on a beach. Her eyes blink in the bright sunlight and she has no idea who or where she is. And that was it. I didn’t know what to do with or how to connect it with any other work I was doing. And then, one night after a long session on patience it just hit me. I sat down to start typing and didn’t stop until I’d written a whole script. It just poured out of me. So now I have a script and absolutely no idea how I’m going to shoot it. I want to do it properly this time, no guerrila $50 budget (as fun as that is). I’d love to have a DP, a producer, real cast, sets, cameras! Oh my. Okay, so I’m not going to get a Hollywood budget, but a few of the niceties would be wonderful.

Enter Indiegogo the fundraising site for all things creative. I will be setting up my very own project so I can fundraise the cost of the short film. It seems a few people are already interested in donating so I can’t wait to see how much I can raise. I’ll be shooting a quick teaser and video to post to the project, so stay tuned.