Saturday, April 24, 2010

School is finished, the film is done.

I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and its process of creation was incredibly enjoyable, on so many levels. One aspect I found particularly impactful was showing it to others (largely when it was still in the story-reel stage) and learning how many of them were able to relate to the subject matter. 'The Scarf' (my film) explores the ways in which a young boy's relationship with his grandmother is affected by Alzheimer's disease, and one thing I've really valued is the amount of conversation and discussion that's often followed as a result.

My film is a quiet one.
It goes in quietly, and it goes out quietly,
but from what I gather it's not forgotten.


Fiona Tyler said...

It's a wonderful film Carla, I love it. Everyone can relate to it, a lot of people have had a family member who suffered from Alzheimer's. I know when I was volunteering at a senior home it was hard even for me, I can't imagine how hard it would be for family. You made the story so simple and understandable, I think you got the confusion and hurt on the part of the child just right. It's the little things that make it hard, and you did a wonderful job.

Oh! I'll tell you on facebook but just a heads up - I got a little white rabbit, so I'm thinking about having a sorta afternoon tea party with a few people, if you're interested. I don't know when it would be but I thought I'd just let you know hun.

Bert said...

Do you have a link to the finished film ?.

The stills look great.

Carla Veldman said...

Fiona; thankyou for that. Although I myself have not known anyone very well who has/had Alzheimer's, over the course of this year and in making this film I've realized that quite a few people are personally aquainted with it, so I am very grateful that it speaks to them and can promote awareness and further, a step toward hope.

Uncle Bert; thank you as well. As of right now the film is not online, though that may change. (I'll be sure to let you know). I'm currently looking into having it shown in both senior's homes & related programs, in addition to festivals.

King M. Mugabi said...

Thanks Veldman, I remember gravitating towards the scarf very early on, I relalize now that it's because it was the only other memoir to a real figure turned into film. It's funny the audience has the same kinda silence while watching these kinda films...perhaps they just try extra hard to take in the voice over.

like the oscars treat bio pics, our kinda films have a certian appeal in festivals so make sure you submit.

my plans are to get some sleep, gets some illustration ideas out of my system and visit estranged family from back home

peace be with you


jriggity said...

I cant wait to see it!


Bert said...

It just struck me. You've (possibly unconsiously) patterned Grandma here after your mom. Look at the way she has her head angled. That is exactly the way she holds her head in our wedding party picture.

Leisha-Marie said...

Your film is very poignant, Carla. Coming from someone who made the exact opposite - a boisterous film that really had nothing to say; I can appreciate something as moving as yours. :)

Good luck!

Carla Veldman said...

King: Thank you, and I think this is true. I'm submitting my film to festivals and also working in getting it shown in senior's homes and geriatric programs. Best wishes with all your plans.

jriggety: thank you, and hopefully that shall be soon, (depending on where it crops up first).

Uncle Bert: !!

Leisha: Thank you. Your film may be boisterous but it's highly enjoyable.

Haddock said...

Simply wonderful.
I really enjoyed watching this short film.
To say a complete story in 3 minutes 17 secs is not an easy task.
I wrote a blog post on this:

Carla Veldman said...

Hi Joe,

Thank you so much for your kind words; I'm always glad to hear when the film has done exactly what I intended it to, and that it continues to do so. I really appreciate your sharing that.