(Top row: ManuScript Films (Namuali'i Tofa, Manu Tanielu, Hinano Tanielu, Taleni Tanielu)
(** Fiaui Tofa, Alec Tekurio, Afereti Tanielu)
Filmmaking is a beautiful and challenging art form. It requires creativity, focus, and an ability to bring stories to life. However, for many filmmakers, the process of making a film can also be incredibly stressful and can lead to depression and anxiety. In this blog post, we want to share our experience with depression while making films, and offer some tips for how to cope.
Firstly, it's important to recognize that depression can affect anyone, regardless of their profession. However, the intense and unpredictable nature of filmmaking can exacerbate these feelings. There can be a lot of pressure to meet deadlines, to satisfy investors, and to create something that is truly special. This pressure can lead to feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, and even hopelessness.
The first step in coping with depression while making films is to recognize that it's okay to not be okay. It's important to acknowledge your feelings and to seek help when you need it. This can mean talking to a therapist, a friend, or a colleague who can offer support and understanding.
Another helpful strategy is to make self-care a priority. This can involve taking breaks when you need them, getting enough sleep, and eating well. It can also mean finding time for hobbies or activities that bring you joy and help you to recharge.
For us, one of the most effective strategies has been to practice mindfulness. This involves focusing on the present moment and letting go of negative thoughts and worries. There are many different mindfulness techniques that you can try, such as meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises.
Another important aspect of coping with depression while making films is to maintain perspective. Remember that making a film is just one part of your life, and it doesn't define who you are as a person. It's important to have a life outside of filmmaking and to find fulfillment in other areas of your life.
Finally, it's important to remember that you're not alone. Many filmmakers struggle with depression and anxiety, and there are resources available to help. Whether it's talking to a therapist, joining a support group, or simply talking to a friend, there are people who care and want to help.
In conclusion, dealing with depression while making films is a difficult but important topic to address. Remember that it's okay to not be okay, and that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. By practicing self-care, mindfulness, and maintaining perspective, you can find ways to cope and create beautiful films that reflect your unique vision and voice.