How Are You? - My New Short Comedy
This week I released my newest short movie “How Are You?” on Youtube!
I wrote the script all the way back in 2018 and I shot it in 2019 so it kind of feels like an old film now. I tried submitting it to film festivals but I unfortunately struck out on all of them. Despite that though I’m really proud of this film. I didn’t really write this as a short film that I thought I would submit to festivals. Originally it was just a sketch comedy script that I thought I would put directly on Youtube, but I was so proud of the movie that I decided I should try submitting it to festivals.
I don’t know for certain but I expect the reason it didn’t get selected is because it doesn’t have a conventional story structure of a film (really the story is just the first act of a film) and yet it’s way more elaborate than a comedy sketch. So I’m not exactly sure what to say it is. Is it a short film? Or a comedy sketch? I’ll just call it a short comedy.
But like I said, I’m really proud of it. On a technical level it’s the best movie I’ve made. I really pushed myself to tell the story visually using everything I know about filmmaking. And the story is so far the most heartfelt story I’ve put on the screen.
This movie was inspired by when I was going through a difficult time in my life after my father passed away and I struggled with answering the question, “How are you?”. Really it’s a story about empathy and understanding that we don’t know what people are really going through. I hope people find the movie to be relatable even if they haven’t had a day that crazy.
I still struggle with the question “How are you?”. I find I’m in a better place in my life now but still there are pains that I struggle with and hide. I also have a harder time asking people how they’re doing now too.
It feels like the question has become something that we all just shallowly ask each other now because we don’t expect real answers. When we do ask, we’re always hoping to hear positive answers. We all know that we’re all dealing with our own struggles and we don’t want to open up each other’s pain. It’s not that we don’t care. Perhaps we just don’t know what to do with each other’s pain. Like once someone has opened up a little bit about their struggles and gave real answers, we want to help them but we don’t know how and that’s an uncomfortable feeling. We don’t know how to deal with our own pain, let alone the pain of others. So we don’t ask any more questions, and we all just silently struggle alone.
Perhaps the reason I don’t have a full story for this movie is I just didn’t know how to deal with this. I’m still trying to figure it out.
Are we suppose to just struggle alone? Do we just listen to each other’s problems? Or do we try to support each other and come up with solutions? But what if people don’t like your solutions? What if there are no solutions?
I think we all intuitively know what we need to do, but the uncomfortableness makes it hard to do.
So I’m going to ask the question. You can answer as deeply as you want. I might just listen. I might have thoughts. I might have more questions. Maybe by starting to ask more questions we’ll figure things out.
How are you?