Freedom is my first ever short film which I wrote, directed, co-produced and edited myself. The reason I made this film is because my main ambition is to be a professional filmmaker and/or a significant position in the film industry. I love film and every aspects in creating a full length motion picture.
I have been trying to find ways to push myself to the limit on order to improve my skills and understanding in my field of interest. I started as a intern for a publication company as a Camera Operator and Video Editor for 3 months. After that I started to work as a Freelancer, providing video and photography service for business’ and organisations. This helped improved my skills as well as gave me the opportunity to collaborate with different creatives, learn to follow instructions, develop my customer service and communication and opportunity to showcase my ability and creativity.
Making this film was my next step and I needed to do this to see what role I’m best suited for. Although Freedom has been accepted by a few film festivals and still pending notifications from others, it has also received mix reviews from viewers. Here are a few examples I would like to share:
Heidi: ‘The story line was good and I was just getting into it. If 20mins was intended then I suggest that you make a full movie, not just 20 mins, as you definitely have the right storyline for it.’
Boom! Film Reviews: “Freedom” presents subpar production quality and an uninspired story despite some decent performances.
Michelle Davis: ‘For your first short film that was impressively intense, very gripping! You done your research well, with the symptoms of PTSD. It captured the moment of an episode, I personally would of liked to of seen more of the build up to that moment- i.e normal life where he felt he didn’t need to take the fluoxetine.’
For my first short film, I’m happy with the feedback because I feel I’m on the right track. If I compare this project to my previous work when I first started out, I feel the adaptation has improved tremendously., from my storytelling, directing, camera operating and editing. Most importantly, regardless of the mix reviews, film festivals have acknowledge my film to best film festival material and deserves to be showcased. This has encouraged me to continue pursuing my ambitions. I feel there is so much to learn and one film doesn’t define my ability. To make mistakes, conquer my fears and to take a chance.