Sister Dreams :: Sarah Ferrier

Sister Dreams :: Sarah Ferrier

You know how when you have a dream and how you can barely remember the dream when you wake up, just some sort of feeling? I had no idea what the dream was going to be, just that I wanted it to be “dreamy”. A couple nights later I had this dream about getting a tattoo that my sister chose for me. I didn’t have time to find a tattoo shop for my location, or someone with tattoos for my actor, but my mom is an artist so I asked if she’d paint on me. The morning of the shoot I asked her to paint my arm, back and leg and she created the amazing art in the film.

In working on this one and the last one I’ve been learning how to direct a narrative piece. Doing a storyboard and coming up with the shoot schedule and directing the actors (or myself). The shoot and rough-cut didn’t take too long and then the rest of the week was spent playing with special effects and looks and blending layers off and on around work.

The final piece I feel like is very similar to an actual dream. Discontinuity, strange colors, never quite getting where you want, everyone else seeming to know how to navigate it normally.

I’ve taken the opportunity of Minute Movies to stretch myself as a filmmaker and try new things. One of the reasons I started this group was to give myself and fellow filmmakers a chance to practice their craft and experiment with new ideas. Constant practice is the best way to get better at anything. I know I need a deadline to keep myself honest about finishing projects and it seems other people do too. I’m excited to see everyone grow as filmmakers.