I believe in my dream to make movies which engage the audience into an immersive environment. To me a film has to be like that in order to make it a great film. My favourite films are known to do that. As it helps me escape the real world and be involved within the world of the film. For example my favourite films include The Dark Knight for example. That film is perfect to me, because it creates a realistic environment and you think that Batman is real. And that Gotham is a real place.
Or like The Matrix and Inception. These films are metaphorically established to escape the real world and be in the dream world. I found that so fascinating how that it is a metaphoric depiction and yet they are both incredible pieces of filmmaking. I always dream to make a film like those and I believe that I will. One day I will.
What started this dream?
This dream originated as far as I can remember. I have been a film buff since the day I can remember. One of my earliest memories include watching Empire Strikes Back and seeing that battle of the hoth planet with the massive imperial warfighters. I was about three years old when I saw that and that image stuck by me.
I didn’t really have any friends when I was growing up and I was a fat kid so I was not a sporty person as well. So, my childhood and even now is involved with movies. When I was a kid, it was a form of just going through the day and watching for the sake of entertainment. Now, I believed that films are more than just a form of entertainment. They have to be special in order to keep loving them. The films that I grew up such as Star Wars for example are special as they introduced me to film escapism.
They helped me realise at a young age that a piece of entertainment can literally help you transport from the real world. I really needed that when I was a kid and I still do now. Films are magic to me and that magic lead me to dream more.
That dream was to at first go into acting. But one day of doing performing arts in high school made me realise that it was not for me at all. So, I just continued my ways of dreaming. When I realised that when I wanted that dream to be a reality was when I saw The Dark Knight back in Summer 2008. That film changed my life altogether and because it introduced me to a realism escapism. A film that felt so realistic that it also did a perfect job of escaping the real world. It is a Batman film, it is a superhero film, it is a comic book film as well. Those points are for the escapism part. The realism part comes in when it revolves around a post-9/11 world and just how it mirrored it within the film. I never saw it as like that when I first saw it, but got it when I researched about it after. I was obsessed with the film. And because of Christopher Nolan who is my favorite director, The Dark Knight is the reason why I wanted to be a filmmaker. And it originated this dream.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
My family and friends keep saying to never give up. They know that I love and breathe cinema. They help me keep going, because I could never do this on my own. I need them to help me through the struggles and then I can reward them when I succeed. If that happens.
I have been doing it since I was a kid and my love for movies help me motivate to follow this dream. I have been a student of film for many years. I studied it at college and university. At college, I was informed how each frame matters and how each frame illustrates so much theory.
That motivated me because just how can a single piece of frame can help engage so much theory. That motivates me, because I still class myself a student of cinema even though I graduated from university. I always be a student of films. As that motivates me to keep making and watching films.
What are your goals?
My ultimate goal is to make a big budget science fiction film. I have been writing ideas and notes since I was 16. It's a passion project of mine and one day when it happens, I want to make that. That is my ultimate goal and I will do what it takes to reach that goal.
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
I want to advise that if you love films as much as me and want to go into filmmaking, then I will listen to Shia LaBouf at this point and JUST DO IT! Pick up a camera and start shooting something. That’s how I learnt filmmaking. I never learnt it at university and you can’t teach filmmaking. Filmmaking is about your own perspective and creativity to tell the stories you want to tell.
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