"I MADE SO MUCH SHIT FOR SO LONG AND IT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING I HAVE EVER DONE; WITHOUT THAT I WOULD NEVER BE WORKING ON THE THINGS I AM NOW."
Screening Session: BLOCK 2
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
An ode to patience and peaceful shores, this portrait of fisherman between the lines documents the all but fruitless attempts of anglers in their search of a catch.
Hi Caleb thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?
I’m doing okay, and I really shouldn’t complain. I will admit that for much of 2020 I felt as if I had suffered some sort of cultural lobotomy – there were months that I couldn’t think to read or watch anything – but that has passed now and I feel a renewed optimism.
Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?
It has, although I have been adamant that I never want to make any films that focus on COVID. I think that people need escapism right now, and I include myself in that, so I have recently been in search of stories that somehow escape the one we are all living through, which in itself is a challenge.
Congratulations on having Other Plans selected for the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?
Cheers! It’s a real honour for this film to find a new audience, and this just extends the life of the film for us. I’m really excited to watch all the other films in competition, too.
Can you tell me a little bit about Other Plans, how did this film come about?
Back when we first founded Stories of Note, Harry- who produced the film- and I were in search of a new story, a new subject, and this was one we kept on coming back to. OTHER PLANS is about fisherman and their search for a catch, and on a surface level, some may argue very little happens. For us though, the film is about perseverance, and acceptance, and how one can negate the other. The resolve of the fisherman, in the face of what is essentially a Sisyphean endeavour, massively appealed to us both, and so we wanted to capture that as best we could.
What where the biggest challenges you faced bringing your film to life?
In terms of filming it was very much a game of patience, and I have to admit the hot summer evenings I was able to spend by the water were a joy. The real challenge I think came in replicating that experience for an audience. We decided to go all in on the sound design, deciding to create a 5.1 Surround Mix for the film. Our Sound Designer, Emlyn Roberts, spent many hours down by the sea in the middle of the night, just to capture the perfect sound. The result is, to me, one of the finest achievements of the film.
Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?
If we start looking back now, I’m not sure we’ll ever finish another film.
Describe your film in three words?
Try, try again.
Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?
In a perverse way it was playing as a kid. My best friend growing up, Joseph, was like an older brother to me, and I cherished any time we spent together. And I remember, so clearly, when he would go home, and I would try to replicate the things we had done together, but it was never the same without him. And I can picture the exact moment it dawned on me that if I documented something, then it could be saved, and preserved, and no one could take that away. To this day film fulfils the same role for me, a bottle for the things that should never be lost.
What has been some of the best advice you’ve been given?
Paid work is a means to an end. A documentary is an end in itself.
"...I hope people come away feeling that they understand something that they didn’t before."
Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
Just to go right ahead and make as much as you can, as fast as you can. I made so much shit for so long and it was the most valuable thing I have ever done; without that I would never be working on the things I am now.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Other Plans?
As with anything we make, I hope people come away feeling that they understand something that they didn’t before. It’s certainly not a case of expecting anyone to pick up a fishing rod and get down to the coast, I just hope that people watch it and think, huh, I get it now.