Saturday, 26 November 2011

What inspires me as a filmmaker/writer

 

 

My  friend Sally Hope has asked me to do a wee piece for her online magazine about what inspires me .

 

I guess the main thing that inspires me is the desire to live a simple green life and being fortunate enough to live in the Scottish mountains in my old truck feeds my inspiration daily .

 

From the moment i wake and look out onto the mountains , rivers and glens ideas flood in and continue throughout the day .

 

Living a simple slow life i get the chance to take the time and see things that so many people just simply speed passed.

 

From a flower to a cloud formation the inspiration flows .

Since picking up a camera and laptop for the first time three years ago this month and the journey that has taken me on has also been so inspirational the wonderful people i have met online..

 

The fact that through this medium i can reach oot to a musician/band from a far off land and make friends never cease to amaze me.

To have their music in my head as i gather the dogs and head off the beaten track into the mountains , ideas of my latest wee film takes shape footfall after footfall,

and then on returning to my wee hovel the joy at being able to complete the film and send it up to my channel on YOU TUBE .

 

The writing comes from simply being free from so many things in the modern life ie debt the desire for faster bigger and better things allows me time to stand back and simply think .

 

Nothing better than laying on a bed of moss by a mountain stream for the ideas to flow ..

 

The blog i run has also been a massive inspiration and has taught me so much about writing well and getting my ideas across..

 

So to sum up i would say my inspiration comes from living a simple life and what drives me is the chance to help others achieve the simple life.

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/dafthermit

http://theblackbuscompany.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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