Cinematic Art is the medium that I use to tell personal stories that inspire others. Film is magic waiting to be discovered by the audience. Magic also exists on the film set when a spontaneous idea comes from a PA or your actor does the perfect facial expression that you were not suspecting or when you feel that warm sensation in your heart that makes you realize you are doing what you are meant to be. Magic exists in the audience’s heart too when they connect to a character or a situation and feel less alone in the world. When the audience develops emotions during a film that is where true magic happens. A filmmaker has made you feel something in your heart and mind. That is beautiful. This is why I’m interested in Cinema Arts. I make films to question reality and to discuss philosophy visually.
Through filmmaking, I aspire to create social and political change. People are struggling around the world with individual situations but if I as a filmmaker can make them escape for a bit and make them forget about the world for just a bit that makes me happy. I look to cinema for this reason too. Being a part of the LGBT+ community myself, I want to create films that represent the LGBT+ community positively and make films with LGBT+ protagonists that don’t end sad or with the character dying. We see this too much in cinema. I’m interested in Cinematic Arts as a way to document history and unique stories. I love documentaries and I’m making one about internalized homophobia. This is barely discussed when thousands of individuals suffer from it. I want to educate others and show ways of coping and overcoming it. I want to travel around the world and experience different cultures by creating documentaries.
I’m interested in telling stories that connect to the universal human experience and transcend our differences to unite us. In 2012, when I got my first little red Nikon camera, I fell in love with grabbing my friends and filming horror short films for my Youtube channel. I knew from this moment this is what I wanted to do. I couldn’t do anything else. I wouldn’t be happy. Now is the time to make my childhood dream of going to film school, then, making films as a career, and traveling the world a reality.
Bridget Johnson is the president and co-founder of Dare to Dream Productions. She writes and directs thought-provoking films that inspire others to follow their dreams.
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