Meet Ily Logeais
Meet the Muses : Filmmaker Ily Logeais + Writer Fiona Dolan ~ students, friends, teen creatives.
Ily: Currently, I am proud, and also quite shocked, that I actually finished a film! There were plenty of times when I thought, “There is no way I am ever going to finish this.” But I did and I am so happy that despite everything, my end result was not only something I was proud to share but that people were happy and excited to watch. Honestly, I never thought it would have this much of an impact.
Fiona: What inspires your creativity?
Ily: I’m not really sure, often I’m just doing regular things, for instance washing dishes or peeling and orange or listening to a song and my mind starts going crazy. I have to stop what I am doing and write it down so I don’t forget it! So I guess I would say the unseen or simplicity in things; I like to analyze them and bring out details that make them more complex.
Fiona: What talent would you most like to have?
Ily: Hmm…I really wish I could draw well. I feel like photography or film is so simple compared to drawing. Its as if I am cheating the ‘art world’ sometimes (if that makes sense) by clicking buttons, artificially changing lighting and adding filters. I made myself stop doing all those things a long time ago so I could get to a more genuine form of the art I was interested in and its has definitely paid off. With the way technology is going who knows what will be possible in a few years, but more than anything I want to preserve the hard working aspects that come with film and photography.
Fiona: What is the trait you are most grateful in in yourself?
Ily: I guess my ability to stay calm in tough situations. I never really panicked when things went bad, even when I lost footage or missed deadlines. I was surprised about this actually, I definitely thought I would freak out a little bit more, but what I was doing just felt right so even when things went wrong I knew it was going to be okay.
Fiona: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Ily: I think when you find the contentment in yourself, you can truly be happy. For me it was learning how to be proud of what I was creating. When I first started out a lot of people really hated what I was doing and didn’t have any problem letting me know. I could see what I was creating didn’t match what my aspirations were, and it really killed me. The harsh criticism didn’t help much either, but now I am thankful. It helped me realize that I needed to be proud of what I was doing and once I finally was (mainly just after the film release), nothing else was significant enough to make me stop anymore.
Fiona: What quote to you live by?
Ily: “Decide what to be, and go be it.” Its really too easy to get caught up in little things. I have so many ideas written down on sticky notes, in journals, on my phone, on the back of my school notebooks. I mull them over and over but, I remember when I really decided to do this film I threw everything else away and just knew that this was it, there was not a doubt in my mind.
Fiona: What do you hope to do in the future?
Ily: Thats tough! Im not really sure, I’m afraid if I do a second film it wont be as good as the first, but I am looking for new projects all the time! Though, I do hope that whatever I decide to do with my life, I give it everything I have and don’t hold back. I don’t know what I want to do but I know how I want to do it; with originality, passion, and contentment. Who knows whats next!
Fiona: Who are your living muses?
Ily: I would say Wes Anderson and M. Night Shyamalan are two very basic ones related to film, as well as Chantal Ackerman and Orson Welles who are some new inspirations of mine. People have been coming up to me a lot and saying, “I had no idea you had such a great passion for film!” and I have to confess that I really don’t. I have a passion for people, all people; what they do and what drives them forward. People are amazing and unique and film is one of the best ways I’ve found to capture that. So in reality, everyone is my muse haha!
Thank you both for the inspiration. xo, muse
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