I was thinking about loneliness within the context of companion animals; the way we (humans) keep them as "companions" often without a second thought to their own need for companionship with their own kind.
It led me to an idea for a short film about loneliness titled, "Birds Of A Feather"
A man keeps a bird for company but yearns for human companionship. It is only when he frees the bird to find her mate that the man can find his.
As I'm working, this beautiful Greek song my father used to listen to when we were kids popped into my head.
"Loneliness is better" by Giannis Parios - Enjoy! (lyrics translation below)
If only loneliness had a color,
To draw on paper,
So I could make it light blue,
And a sea breeze
I would also put sails on it,
For one last journey
Is a haven in the Aegean
Loneliness is better,
Than you who I can't reach
I find you, then I lose you
Loneliness is better
If only loneliness were a stone,
To climb up on
Το get lost into oblivion,
So I won't see you as you're leaving
And turn into smoke,
Just like a cigarette that's burning out
From now on you will be alone
And so will I.
Mark Cousins is the writer, director and soothing voice behind "The Story of Film: An Odyssey", a 15 episode documentary series which explores the creators and innovators that have shaped cinema since its inception. I've enjoyed this series for its depth, breadth and incisiveness but also for its focus on lesser known but no less important influencers from around the world.
So it was with great interest that I came across Mark's 2 hour video essay on filmmaking, 40 Days To Learn Film. Whilst tempting to watch it in one sitting, it's better viewed as intended, a roughly 5 min clip on a topic per day. This gives you time to make your own discoveries as you traverse the inevitable rabbit holes that it sends you through. Mark's passion for cinema is infectious and as I've been watching it prompted me to add my own thoughts.
Day Fourteen: Kick Out The Truth?