I get it. Why would a filmmaker start a blog, unless it’s to discuss and review all the latest blockbusters? Well, I’m not going to be doing that as film reviews aren’t really my thing.
Starting a blog does feel a little strange. Initially, it was just going to be your standard website where I could have all my work on one place. But then I began thinking about how there is so much more to filmmaking than just the film, and I wanted to focus on those parts.
The main reason anyone would start a blog is because they enjoy writing (I love it) and because they have ideas and topics that they want to write about and then share with people. I’ve been working in film for two years, been freelance for a year in total (with four months full-time work in the middle) and I’ve learnt a lot in that time. There is a lot I want to write about, from what to include in a call sheet to staying sane on long hour shoots. I’m a big believer of learning on the job and sidestepping huge university fees, so I’d like this blog to help filmmakers who are looking to get started or move up. So if you read one of my posts and find it useful, comment on it or send me a message to let me know. (You don’t have to with this one, this one isn’t useful to anyone).
As well as filmmaking, and producing in particular, I’m also going to focus on freelance life, being a woman in film (and, you know, in general), money matters, travel and inspiring filmmakers. In the same way this was just going to be a website, I was just going to write about filmmaking. But then I thought about all the other aspects of my work life (money, networking events, collaborating, travelling, dealing with problematic or bad experiences, managing my time and my self) and I wanted to write about all of those as well.
So, every Saturday you can expect a new blog post about filmmaking, freelancing and some experiences in my career that stand out (for good or bad reasons). Once a month, on Fridays, I’ll be writing about my favourite female filmmaker. I could go on and on about underrepresentation in the industry but you know all of that already. Suffice to say, I’m going to highlight female filmmakers because at the moment people seem to think that female filmmakers (female directors, especially) are like unicorns: beautiful, but so rare. Which they aren’t, and I’d like that idea to change.
I hope you enjoy it!