Carla and I have been bashing our heads against the single most difficult aspect of filmmaking – story. It’s the glue, it’s the chocolate cake under the icing, its the thing that links us as human beings – so why is it so hard!? 🙂
It has got me thinking about the nature of story telling. We tell stories everyday; when we sit around the table for a meal, when we meet someone for the first time, when we catch up for coffee; we are all telling stories – about ourselves, our day, and other people. Stories are how we communicate.
Having to pull apart the threads of something we do every day has been really difficult for Carla and I. Our film is the story of Mildred, an amazing tuatara, who has seen a lot, struggled a lot, lived a lot . We have been taught all the rules for good story telling and have been trying to follow them stringently – 3 act structures, story arcs and happy endings. But maybe we’re over- complicating things, maybe it’s time to get back to our roots – what would I tell my grandma about Mildred over a cup of tea?