Over a month has passed and except for a little post the other day about the film I made during the spring term, it’s been quiet. I spent April in both Stockholm, Egham/London and in Berlin (with photos still on the disposable camera, waiting to be developed), the latter one to spend time with Maria and Gustaf. I’ve written several essays, done a presentation and started working on my dissertation.Second of May was Harry Potter day and I spent the day reading Deathly Hallows and the evening watching Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2, and the Philosopher’s Stone with a friend.
I’ve been meaning to write this entire time. Writing here, writing a script I’ve been planning for quite a while, just writing. It hasn’t really gone that well, and won’t for a good while now. I have class on Tuesday and Wednesday, but on Thursday I’m going to Barcelona with friends from my course, and when I get back a week later, I have a few things left to do for my Economic History course as well as my own + friends’ birthday celebrations.
I’m leaving England in exactly 4 weeks, taking an evening flight back to Stockholm. I haven’t booked my flight back yet, as I don’t know how long I’ll stay there, it all depends on my internship. But I’ll be there until the end of July at least. I haven’t planned to work as I’m only there for a month and a half or two months. Instead, all I want to do is to sit in parks with my friends, cold beer, pizza, eat Swedish food, going out in the archipelago with the ferries, walking around Södermalm, take the ferry over to Djurgården and have a picnic, and go to the cinema on rainy days. I’m supposed to work on my dissertation during the summer, but as third year (!!!) doesn’t start until late September, I’m giving myself a full vacation for the time I’m in Stockholm. Every time I’ve been back there since starting uni, there has always been some work to do, or something else keeping my mind busy – this time, I want to treat it as if I’m on a holiday. (which my bank account won’t like)
On their first anniversary, a young couple travels to the beach.
Starring: Ellie Panton and Luana Picard-Boni
Written & directed by: Pia Svensson
DOP: Michael Guan
Sound design and orginal score by: Omar Chamsi-Pasha
Crew: Molly Stapleton, Hollie Hurrell, Pavel Šmídmajer and Martha O’Brien.
Many thanks to:
Sussex Film Office
Seaford Town Council
I was in Stockholm three days ago. Just for a short visit, a week, yet I had thoughts about re-booking my flight ticket so I could stay another week. I miss it so much. But my uni work is too much, so I decided to fly back to London three days ago. My plan was to go to meet up with three friends from Stockholm tomorrow. But we decided to meet today. Today, the 7th of April 2017.
Of all the days, weeks, and months I’ve been here in England, I’ve barely hung out with any Swedes. Only a few handfuls who came to visit. Today was one of those days. It was a sunny day, almost twenty degrees. My friends and I went into M&S at 2pm UK time to cool down and get some water and fruit. We had just paid, it was 2:13pm and we get the news that just mere minutes ago, a lorry drove 650m down a pedestrian only shopping street in Stockholm. Drottninggatan. I guess it’s our version of Oxford Street.
The mood dropped. We sat down for 30, maybe 45 minutes to get in touch with our friends and family. We’re all from central Stockholm. Our whole lives used to be there.
Most of my friends and family replied quickly to my messages. But some took a while because they’d been there, on that very street when it happened.
Of all the days, it was a day when I spent it with people from Stockholm. We felt similar things. And it was comforting.
From what I’ve heard so far, all my friends and family are okay. But there might be friends of my friends, or their friends, who aren’t coming home tonight. My thoughts are with you.
It really hurts, being away.
The other week I went to Picturehouse Central in London to see the new documentary, All This Panic, and I also wrote a little review of it for Girls In Film – check it out!
… and I’m done with spring term! Which also means I’m done with all taught classes of second year! I can’t believe that it’s gone so quickly, like, ah I’m actually getting slightly panicky over how fast everything is going. I have easter/spring break now until the 24th of April (a whole month, mad isn’t?) but I’m going to be busy writing essays and other hand-ins for summer term. Summer term is traditionally reserved for just exams, but as my degree is so practice based, we don’t have any exams. Instead, we start working on our third year collaboration graduate films and I’m also starting writing my dissertation, which is to be honest, scary. Not just the fact that I have to write 10 000 words, but also that it really means that we’re on the end bits of the degree.
Lately, I’ve been working on my film which is due on Wednesday. The reason we hand it in after the term has ended is that the other week, the servers crashed and all of our edits, which were almost done, just got wiped out. Luckily I had all the footage backed up, but I still had to re-edit a week’s worth of work. I almost cried in front of my teacher when we realised it was all gone so instead I went home to cry and stuff myself with biscuits.
I’ve also been to the cinema, seen both Moonlight and a new documentary called All This Panic. We’ve had a couple of really nice and sunny days which meant beer in Founders quad and bare legs. My friend from my old school back in Sweden, Anna, came over to look at my university as she’s applied to here and UCL, and the cherry tree outside my window is blossoming with pink flowers so Mary and I took a photo with it the other night.
What was meant to be a surprise for my friends in Stockholm kinda failed as I saw that Cinemateket is showing 2001: A Space Odyssey in original 35mm and I just had to message my friends saying that, yes I’m coming to Stockholm for a week, and please buy tickets and go to the cinema with me. Fingers crossed for some nice weather!
I had my last screenwriting class today, which was kinda sad as I’ve enjoyed those classes a lot and I’ve learned so much too. Later today I’m going to a bbq with a couple of people from my course and then going to Flora’s for a pizza night, hope you all have a great weekend!
We’re in March already and I’m slightly stressed over how quick the term and year goes, and I was also stressed over my long and damaged hair so I tried to cut it, failed miserably and Jess saved it. (new season, new hair) Yesterday was one of those sunny nice days and it was a joy to be on my bicycle rather than ‘oh here’s to the usual Tesco trip’. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my bicycle and I recommend every person to get one.
I’m in the middle of post-production of the film we shot two weeks ago whilst trying to keep up with my other uni work (as this film is only for one out of 4 classes, plus then I have my extra uni courses from Lund and Umeå universities). But I’m enjoying it as I’m for once really happy with what I’ve produced and I can’t wait to show people the film. I still don’t have the slightest idea of what my teacher will think of it, but as long as I’m happy with the film, that’s an achievement good enough for me.
Today is spent reading about economic development between 1750-1914 and longing for summer with Pimms in Founder’s quad, bbq’s in the garden and swimming between the islands in Stockholm.
After weeks of planning, we finally went to the beach on Saturday to shoot the short film I wrote for my directing class. It was an incredibly sunny and warm mid-February day (which for filmmaking isn’t that great, but we did our best to work around it) and we had rented a 9 seat minibus for our cast and crew.
We went down to Seaford, a small town near Brighton.
Sitting on the bus, we all let out a shriek when we saw the sea.
Hollie, Molly and I decided to go and test the water – it was probably freezing cold but my feet died from the pebbles so I wouldn’t have noticed.
My little cast & crew.
I still can’t believe that we pulled it off. As my teacher read my script, he asked if I was actually planning to go to the beach and laughed a bit when I said I’d try, and then we actually did it. The best part of it was the feeling of going on a short day trip/holiday but at the same time, making a film. & I’m starting to understand how filmmaking is essentially like getting a very large family.