On Daydreamers from A Filmmaker’s Handbook

I woke up this morning with the sense of yesterday,
that while I slept something had happened, set course.
Something unknown to me had begun to move. It will
affect me greatly. Something that in time will reveal itself,
with great anticipation I fell back asleep to uncover the event.
I dreamt of rooms and furniture, many and for the first time.
Something is on its way. The actress walks into the kitchen,
puts the kettle on and stops to look out the window. Absorbed
in the sounds from her neighbor’s kitchen, she stands watch.
Where does she go? The kettle whistles. She enters three rooms
for the first time. I enjoy characters that sense things that can not
be proven. For the reason that they see more, a hyper sensitivity
to their surroundings or that they believe this, whether true or not,
creates questions and dimensions to the character that can be
accessed, played and explored by the actor in a plethora of ways.
It creates surprises for the film and for us living near the film.




Stefania Irene Marthakis received her BA in Poetry & Theater from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in Poetry & Poetics from Naropa University. From 2005-2007, she interned at The Poetry Project in NYC. Some of her poems can be found in Columbia Poetry Review, New American Writing, Bombay Gin and The Recluse.

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