The Question Mark, a short film that we made for our second term group project at NCCA, won “The Difference” award in the 11th Land Crab Film Festival. I have to admit, although Land Crab is not a very big festival and it’s more like a local event, and the fact that I wasn’t very satisfied with the work myself, when I sent the movie I wasn’t expecting it to be short-listed and obviously winning came as a complete surprise.
Getting recognized for having a different vision is definitely pleasing and encouraging. The Question Mark travelled a long way from being just a random sketch in my note book to become a film and shown on the big screen. It makes me want to tell more stories without the fear of being misunderstood. See the event below;
I wrote the ‘Question Mark’ story about a guy who had a big question mark to answer years ago. The single question mark represent all his unanswered questions throughout his life and he finally reaches the stage where there are so many unanswered questions that he’s no longer sure what are the questions and he just wants to find an answer; or the answer. When it came back to me a few months ago I made a lot of changes to story and replaced the character’s head with a question mark to show his state of confusion. This idea was presented in my group project presentation at NCCA.
Initially my attempt to convince a group of people to join me in telling this story was unsuccessful and I started working on a different idea. Two weeks later the team was not happy with the development of the new idea and came back to me to do my story. I was obviously happy yet my happiness did not last long after seating in a lot of meetings with the group members discussing the storyline and seeing them tearing the story apart into pieces without being concerned about the bigger image; the concept. Anyway, after another two weeks I was able to form the story very close to my original idea and filmed it.
To search a memory of an experience, you need to travel through your past, present and future,
and look for the remaining traces in your thoughts and memories,
and become united with them.