WHAT I DO TO ESCAPE FROM LIFE (2021) A Dedicated Movie

In this movie I explain what I do to escape from life's stresses. As a filmmaker in the creative industry there are many highs and lows, thankfully I have found a way to escape from the barriers and creative blocks that I have experienced over the years. I hope this film helps others.

  • Farhan Ahmed
    Director
  • Farhan Ahmed
    Writer
  • Farhan Ahmed
    Producer
  • Farhan Ahmed
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Farhan Ahmed

It all started on February 6th 2016 when I pressed that upload button on YouTube for the first time. I remember experiencing a rush of excitement of which I'd never felt before. What started as an impulsive decision created from an encouraging chat with a friend, soon led to a moment of magic. That was the start of my addiction and has since become my sole purpose in life, to tell stories through film.

I started by experimenting with a variety of different videos ranging from restaurant reviews, challenges and general lifestyle vlogs. It wasn't easy though, whilst teaching myself the art of filmmaking I found myself in the midst of an identity crisis. Since I entered the YouTube arena during the "Golden Age" and all the noise that came with it, I found it incredibly difficult to channel my focus on what my content was trying to achieve. Was it to entertain? To express my inner creativity? To copy and paste a style that most resinated to me? To gain views and subscribers? Or because everyone else was doing it?

All of these questions created a toxic mentality that led to a very sudden "burnout". I could no longer create content without a purpose that was powerful enough to overlook EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in this wonderful space.

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Director Statement

If I could spend each and every day creating pieces of content for the purpose of telling a compelling story whilst expressively giving others my unique perspective on life, I would live a completely fulfilling life.