Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Long ago, when I finished "The Fall", I wanted to be a film director. I wanted to do what Tarsem did. He was magical. Everything that he said, people did. They were like hypnotized. But they did it for the passion that they had. He inspired me a lot and I thank him a for this.

Even though I was so little, I still remember like it was than. And as I grow up, I realize more and more what it means. Filmmaking is giving life to your ideas and dreams.That's how 10 started four yers ago. 10 is a project for kids, so they could make their own movies. To find the best script for the project, we started a competition called One Day Movie. What you had to do was write a story of a perfect day. Just a story. No actors and no set design. A story about you and the perfect day.

The idea was to start a big competition where many kids and teens would work together to create the first collective movie of our generation.

Well, that's quite a big thing to do...:) But it's not impossible. We went through hard times, but had good times to. We spent a lot of time to make this happen, and we thought that this year is the best one to start our project. 10. 10. 2010. I know that filmmaking is hard, but what you get afterwords is incredible. So we keep trying and trying.....and that's where Life In A Day comes.

Andreea searched on the Internet and found out about a similar project with the One Day Movie, so she asked me if I wanted to film a day of my life. Initially, I didn't want to do it, because it was the day when my grandparents were going to get married religiously. Than, I realized that I could split may day in 2 parts. The first was to stay with my family and the second was to be a part of this huge film crew that filmed that day, maybe millions of people who gave life to their stories in that day.

I also realized that my grandparent's wedding would be something that remained in history. A grandparents wedding on the 24th of July.

You can imagine that I took this decision just a week before the magic day. I asked Andreea to help me with a camera, but she had a better idea. Andrei and his camera. He was great. He told me: " Catinca, I am here to help you! " He was full of great ideas an explained me lots of things about cameras, lights and shades. And the best part, he gave me his camera to film myself. It was fantastic !!!!

So I started to think about what should we film that day. Besides me , I wanted to present my friends, the places I love and everything that happened on the 24th of July. I started at 12 o'clock in the morning, and finished late at night. It was a fantastic day! I learned a lot about how I could make a little movie. The result wouldn't be so much , but for me it's great ! It was my start. Our start. Because if you want to make movies, you need a team. A team that loves what it does. A team that is ready to do anything you need. A team that will never give up their dreams.

Than, we had to watch everything we did that day, to see what we could put on YouTube. It was very hard for me to cut everything and again Andreea, this time with Andrei, came with Edward, the editor. He was great! He helped so much even though he had work to do and to go in vacation, set all those things for some other days . Also, his friend Dan helped me upload everything on YouTube. We weren't allowed to edit too much so we tried to do it very simple. It is just a day that I filmed with the help of a dream team. And this is just the beggining!

The first scene of the movie was something magical, but needed some music, even though we weren't allowed to use it. Andreea told me about Moby Gratis, a site where Moby, the well known musician shares for free some of his music for the independent filmmakers who don't have the necessary budget to buy songs for their soundtrack.

We listened to the music, we chose what we wanted and we requested Moby the permission to use it. What a nice surprise we had after 24 hrs when we received the approval to use the song in our Life in a day. I know that we weren't allowed to use music because of the copywrite. But when you have the permission of the composer, of the artist, you can't miss such a beauty, to mix sounds and images.

I am just 13 yers old, but the opportunity to be part of something like this, with great filmmakers and great artists, made me hope that one day, I will do my own movie. I will be The Tarsem 2. I will be the hypnotizer this time. I also know that there are many people who want to do the same thing, wich makes me think that they could be my future collegues. The future Tarsem 3 4 5 6 .... 1 million. And Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott 2 millions. So if you want to be part of these 2 millions of people who do something magical from movies, than go for it. You will FALL in love!