Thursday, 19 April 2018

Misfit Toys

The island of misfit toys was filled with rejects but it seemed like the best place to be when I was a kid. They had a lot of fun and that's where all the interesting characters were. Also, by the end each one found a home (a place where they were accepted 'as is').

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Insta Inspired

I am not the most social-media-inclined person. I left Facebook eight years ago. I'm neither popular on, nor a huge fan of using the various platforms in my free time. Though I see its value for work purposes, I approach with caution, ever mindful of its impact on mental health and wellbeing (*see Tech Free Week, for further thoughts on this).

Recently however, I have felt drawn to invest more time in Instagram’s community. I work in a visual field, and love the potential of using Instagram as a tool - similarly to how I approach Pinterest. One with which, on any given day, I can shake up my train of thought, challenge my views and push my artistic boundaries.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

I Don't Belong Here

Throughout my life there have been moments where I feel like I am the living embodiment of Radiohead's lyric (from the song Creep), 'I don't belong here.' It's as if the words become an unwanted internal mantra and I am afraid someone will call me out on it, like Princess Buttercup's nightmare aka, I envision someone stepping out and yelling BOOOOOOOOOO at the top of their lungs at me.

It is strange because when it comes to the people around me, I'm quick to see their accomplishments and attribute it directly to their amazing talents and to feel that they more than deserve to be where they are (or beyond). Sometimes it can be hard to shine that happy light on myself.

Apparently there is a term for this. It's called...

Thursday, 8 March 2018

How to Navigate Screenwriting Contests

Contest applications can get expensive. If you are using FilmFreeway or Withoutabox to stay up to date on the latest and greatest, their handy deadline notifications (though helpful) can quickly become overwhelming.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Magic Pill

After growing up with health problems, I spent a few years being extremely fit. People who hadn't seen me for a while would ask how I did it. After the first few times this happened, I knew the drill. I would watch their faces fall as I told them my secret: eat well and exercise. They usually pressed me further, saying that there must be more to it than that. There must be something beyond that old adage.

They thought I had found a magical pill.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

4 Tips for Walking in High-heels (from a former Dancer)

As a dancer I spent a great deal of my childhood and early adulthood on both the balls of my feet and my toes. As such, high-heels are quite comfortable for me, and always have been. What follows is a simple list of tips & tricks for walking with ease in what some feel are a form of patriarchal bondage and others find a symbol of empowerment. If you are of the former mind, please stop reading. You will hate this post or at the very least it will be of no use to you. If you are of the latter... enjoy…

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

VSFF Gratitude

The Vancouver Short Film Festival was fantastic! The festival is run by Zlatina, Marena, the board, and an army of tireless volunteers. We were proud (and grateful) to see MENTAL screened within such a compelling, thought-provoking, block of films.

Our weekend included an inspiring filmmaker luncheon, an afternoon of drinks with some of the team who worked on MENTAL, and a startling awards experience (we were not expecting to win anything, given the fantastic lineup).

As ever, one of the most memorable aspects of the festival were the conversations our film fostered surrounding mental health. This remains our greatest feat with this project. It is an honour to be entrusted with people’s stories.

On behalf of our team, (in an albeit, unconventional way) we accepted Raindance Vancouver’s ‘Underdog Award’. For video of our surprised, mad, adrenaline fueled, dash check out Raindance’s instagram post.

We are grateful for the recognition the festival gave our film and to be a part of such diverse, compelling storytelling.

For more photos of our festival adventuring check out our instragam @meeshandjax | #mandj

- M&J

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Maira Gall