Further to my previous email concerning my shift within the current module:
I would like to shift my current focus away from the film process therapy workshop and concentrate on making My film Low season.
Firstly It was never my intention to start the Ma with the film process therapy, I intend on this being a longer term goal over the two years. And I do not want to rush the process, I need to design the workshop, and test it as you said, this element running in conjunction with preparing a campaign for kick-starter, feels like I am rushing all of these elements to fit inside the constrains of one module, which in this case puts potentially damaging time constraints on a complex project.
Secondly, All of my current research is essentially transferrable, Much of the theoretical or philosophical research and reading I have done supports the ‘Low season’ film. These two projects are of course linked not just in theme but in overall concept and form part of a larger series of goals that I have set for myself, i.e. to make a series of films that look at mental health and wellbeing from a modern and lived perspective, to create a body of work, that will potentially also act as a launch pad to further engagement and or research whether in doctoral study as I mentioned, or community engaged work. The workshop constitutes another part of this overall picture which is to reach out and share as well as explore the processes within film making and consider their use and application in positive change.
So My intention had always been to start with Low season the film, and push on from there.
The other reasons are largely practical, by engaging in the film through the module I can not only access resources and equipment, but more importantly engage valuable time in the development and continued process of the film. Time contributes in several other ways, I have as of yesterday found someone who wants to produce the film, they will be leaving the southwest in March. I have of course got to shoot this film before March as the locations are only suitable in the low season!And this would mean I would have to with another year to shoot, bringing me into the last year of the Ma (where I would prefer to be focussing on the launching the workshop)
One of my key locations A cafe currently lies dormant and for sale (For how much longer i don’t know).
The Module provides a valuable shooting deadline, and pushes the kick-starter project into accelerated forward momentum.
Thirdly the film not only feels like a logical fit, but I could shift the kick-starter campaign over easily as I have researched both up until a week ago. My ethical and philosophical research and readings including Godard, Eisenstein Bourdieu etc all fit very closely into the context of the piece.
And finally I am desperate to make! I need to engage all of the other work in the process itself, It involves a lot of new ground for me working with a professional actor shooting with a new crew and technologies, essentially experimenting with new filmic ideas and elements.
Phew! I hope you made it this far Kim! My apologies if this all feels a bit long winded, I just felt so energised when I realised that this I what I need to do!
Let me know what you think I will also contact Rachael and try to sort out a tutorial with her asap.
Thanks for your time and patience.