Depression and Sorrow are topics which are barely shown and discussed in popular culture in a way that is not overdramatically emotional neither stigmatizing or simplyfied. But as most people could - at some point - be affected by depression or sorrow I think it is important to openly talk about them and show in a creative and elaborated way how one could cope with them. The most important aspect is that the script is written by someone who actually has experiences concerning both.
In summary, what is your “Made on Coboat” project idea (max. 3 sentences)?
Working on Coboat will give me the opportunity to concentrate on writing a script for a short series on the topics of depression and sorrow in a special environment and without the distractions of normal day-to-day life. It will also give me the opportunity to talk about personal experiences concerning these topics with people I would never be able to meet in case I'd only be working at home. This is a plus which will help the script and afterwards the series to become better.
How much of your project can you realistically achieve in 100 days if you will get the chance to stay on the Coboat?
As I already started to conceptualize the frame of the story I will be able to write the full script in a 100 days. I would even go as far and say that by the end of the trip the script could actually be considered finished (as long as no director wants to rip it apart in the process of realizing the series later ;)
Will you complete this project on your own, or will you be working with a together with a team?
I will conceptualize and write the script on my own but will - of course - work in a team for the next steps of shooting the series afterwards.
Why should your project be chosen?
Telling and sharing stories is one of the main ways people can connect to each other and learn to understand different ways of living - whether they are chosen voluntarily or not. Concerning depression and sorrow a huge stigma in our society exists which actually harms the people suffering from it. An appealing & beautifully done mini-series can have a real social impact and help people understand how to deal with depressed family members or acquaintances - and you could help me helping others.
What does this project mean to you?
As well as socially as artistically writing the script is inevitable and highly necessary for me. It will not only challenge my way of thinking about depression, family structures and friendships but also bring my way of writing and shooting films to a completely new level. It gives me the opportunity to actually have an impact on how psychological diseases are seen and treated in society and there is no way on earth I will not do my best and find new ways of talking about them.
Why do you want to do this project?
In my live have been several people to whom I was really close who suffered from quite serious forms of depressions and I myself had episodes when I was younger and also went through a quite strong phase of sorrow. So I know internally and externally how it can feel and how if affects your daily life because the people around you can have problems understanding or even realizing what it means. As series are extremely popular at the moment, I think it is a really useful form for this topic.
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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your professional background. How do you fit into a team? What have you done before within the field of your idea?
My name is Theresia - filmmaker, studied historian and journalist. I have been working on films for the last 4 years and realized not only documentaries but also artsy-edgy short films. The working title of my project "Have you been missing me?" is actually the title of a short film I shot on depression. I am convinced that there is nothing better than meeting people & getting to know them & work together. The concept of "ubuntu" - I am who I am because of who we all are.