HERE, NOW | a case study in being present in the moment.
I love filmmaking. The process of prepping, interviewing, travelling, shooting, and editing is an adrenaline rush. But if you’re not careful, you can get so caught up in the technicalities at hand.
Lost in the nitty-gritty, I completely forget to soak up the beauty and wonder amidst the intense hustle around you. And just like that: “Poof!”. The project is wrapped up and the moment is gone forever. Every filmmaking project, like the process of documenting the artisans and artists featured in Here, Now will never again repeat itself. And there’s a lesson in that… Never forget to be “in the present moment”.
It’s not always easy, as the nature of directing demands that you go down many mental rabbit holes to reach the best possible creative decision. The trick is to revert back to a state of being “in the moment”. It’s the space where you let yourself stand back and appreciate the process or interactions that are unfolding right in front of your eyes.
Shakespeare called his players, “players” for a reason, as the space that they operated in was strictly an open space designated for discovery, invention and being in the moment. And let’s face it, magic can’t happen if your own brain is constantly interrupting and blocking the flow of your own creativity or artistry.
The artisans and athletes featured in Here, Now have also reminded me that you have good days and bad days. You have days where you feel charged up and you feel like a pro. Other days where you bash your head against a wall. Always peaks and valleys.
“In the moment” is a space we too rarely permit ourselves to occupy, but I think it’s better to see it as a destination and a goal, instead of giving up if you’ve just hit a little speed bump. Just accept today for what it is and try again tomorrow.
– By Porteus Xandau
Storm in a tea cup
Director Porteus Xandau’s latest online film for fashion brand Trenery, blends soft, cinematic visuals with the intimate, unrehearsed words from expert tea maker, Swaady Martin. Her story of craft and attention to detail are mirrored appropriately by the documentary itself.