I have been intrigued to find out more about the creators behind projects that I have been fortunate enough to see and/ or hear for a long time now so I've decided to do something about it. And That's My Story is a series on this blog that shares with you a bit about the creators and talent I've met along the way and their journey towards fulfilling their dreams; it will run for as long as I can find people who are willing to share their story. Today, I would like to introduce you to Ben Hopkins.
* * * *Hasret (Yearning) last week Monday and asked if he would mind taking part in this series. He kindly agreed to answer some questions about what filmmaking means to him, his preferred camera kit and his latest film. Enjoy!
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|Still from Hasret (Yearning) // Source: Photo Courtesy of HOME|
No, but I wanted to be a writer since I was 8 or 9. I was about 16 when my school made a deal with the local repertory cinema (they still existed then, back in the 80s), that we could get tickets for 50p for screenings before 5pm weekdays. I took up the offer and went to see some films – films I had no idea existed (until then I had just seen the usual Hollywood films – Star Wars, Indiana Jones etc). In the first week I saw movies by directors like Fellini, Herzog, Godard. Very soon I was hooked, and my ambitions changed from writing towards film-making.
WHAT ARE TYPCAL DAYS FOR YOU AS A SCREENWRITER AND DIRECTOR DURING PRE-PRODUCTION, PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION STAGES OF A PROJECT?
Since my son was born, I work in an office – I used to work at home. Now I cycle 15 minutes to my office to start work around 9am. At 1pm I cycle home and have lunch with my wife, and then a nap (all writers deserve a nap). Then I cycle back for 3pm, work until 6 or 6.30pm and then cycle back home to play with my son and put him to bed. As you can see the life of a professional writer is much like many other office job… you just need to put in the hours. But there’s one advantage: I am my own boss.