Sparkling New York – I. Love. It.
I love to summarize my year in 24 words, so here we go:
Bill. New York. The Girl in the Cafe. Cafe closure. Trains. Short films. Wrote feature. Love. Actually. Inspired. Job. Travel. Dreams. Realisations. Collaborations. London.
A quick look through my year makes me happy, I am glad I have written it down because I would not have remembered all the things that have happened in 2007. I have had a wonderful year with a lot of unexpected twists of fate.
I tried to get over my after-New-York-Bill-Nighy-in-the-Vertical-Hour depression mostly and saw a lot of movies. One of them being a 4 hour long Indian version of Love Actually
But my favourite post : The Vertical Hour, a review and a simple twist of fate
This was the month where I decided to make the journey of a lunatic. And the month where Bill mentioned The Girl’s travelling project in an interview. The month where the temperatures in Siberia and Mongolia where low! A month with a visit to my Cafe, and the uncertainty of actually getting on my Trans Mongolian train.
Arriving in Beijing, being knocked out by another performance of the master, a peek inside the Transmongolian train, a Love New York poem that still stands and, of course, ???????? ??????.
Bill in Tanzania, I saw POTC III for the 10th time, I passed a railway safety course and tried (in vain) to get into a writing course. Looking back, I am glad I didn’t get into this particular one.
I went to Brighton to volunteer for Oxfam and made a film kind of thingy about seagulls, the Tour de France visited London, and I setup a poll to vote for the book that Bill should read next for Silksoundbooks. He listened.
Apart from a concert with The Police in Twickenham, this was the month where I said goodbye to my dear Cafe and contributed a bit to a documentary about the place. And the month where I had the courage to ask Lorenzo to sign my DVD. It was a sad month, and I still miss my Cafe enormously.
The month where I bought new shoes, saw the best play of 2007: Shadowlands, shot my first short short, saw a lot of British actors on stage (but not him) in Music from the Movies in the Royal Albert Hall.
Our short movie got its premiere online, received a lot of Love, Actually postcards, made a plan to not dread December, it was several peoples birthday, I got very busy producing my second short.
It has been a crazy year now that I look back at it. If you would have told me a year ago that, by now, I would –
have made my first short short
be producing my second short short film
have written a first draft for a feature film
have visited places like Edinburgh, Moscow, Beijing and New York(twice)
have experienced another couple of Vertical Hours
– I would have said you where bonkers. But it somehow all happened. I have good hope for this upcoming short. Not only is it going to be great, I also hope it ends in further collaboration on future projects.
And regarding 2008 – I don’t know what is going to happen. I am not really planning anything in particular I will take it as it comes and will try to grab opportunities as they come along. Apart from that I will try to do a great deal of writing, will try to remain this silly and creative and generally just make the best of it. What else can you do?