Someday. is a blog by AVALONNE HALL, described as an exploration into "how to be a filmmaker without losing your soul". Someday. is one of my very favourite blogs - whimsical, dreamy, and downright beautiful, just like it's owner - and so I advise you check it out.
The reason I am writing about Someday. now is that this year, 2012, Avalonne is planning to write (done!), fund, direct, and produce a short film. Living with and knowing many filmmakers myself, I understand the struggle to fund such productions, especially when these endeavours are highly personal.
So, in honour of every little dream you've had that has not been fruitful, or for the ideas you 'someday.' hope to achieve, take a look at Avalonne's video campaign, and read a little about the film she hopes to make. Maybe you could make a stranger's wish come true, this year.
"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." - Georgia O'Keeffe
Shyness is about chance meeting. Everyday we encounter lots of people. We walk by them. We sit next to them, but that doesn't necessarily mean we make eye contact or talk to them. Loneliness is part of the human condition, but we are eager to communicate and better understand our surroundings. What happens when you see someone that makes you want to make eye contact? Striking up a conversation with a complete stranger actually takes guts and courage, it's not as easy as you may think. And the reason we don't have courage is because of fear. Fear of rejection, fear of the unknown.
What if it's your only chance? Do you seize the moment? Or do you let it escape you forever? Chance is that moment when two or more events occur at one time, but if that moment is not seized, that moment becomes nothing. We need those something moments, because those moments can change your life. That single moment can become something permanent. This is what both characters are trying to figure out in their own lives. And this is also something I'm trying to incorporate into my own life. If there's something you want, you should go for it. This is the life philosophy that I want to live by. Shyness is my attempt to really participate in life.
Shyness tells a story of fear and courage. Fear is what stands between you and your dream and courage is what you need to make your dream become a reality. A story about two people who meet is quite ordinary, but a story about chemistry has the potential to be extraordinary. The story is set in the magical, romantic and gritty streets of New York City. Any place can be magical, because we make our experiences and memories. During this chance meeting, the two characters find themselves in the same place at the same time and they share an open dialogue about things that matter and things that don't matter.
Shyness is essentially my love letter to life. My appreciation for life has brought me on this adventure, to express my inner thoughts and share them in the form of a (short) film - my very first short film.
"Life is a daring adventure of nothing" as Helen Keller once said. Life should be a daring adventure, which means risks have to be taken. This effort will be one of the riskiest things I will have done thus far. For years, I felt paralyzing and gripping fear of failure, but after writing and investing so much into the story and characters, it is time to conquer fear and go for it. Making this film will be my first step to living a daring and adventurous life.