As someone who is passionate about sustainable filmmaking, I really wanted to integrate more environmentally conscious practices into every stage and although this was no easy task, especially during a pandemic, I am really proud that as a team we went to great lengths to do so both on and off screen.”

Introducing Jen Lim, who began filmmaking at the Beijing Film Academy where she wrote, directed, and edited her first short, before returning to the UK to resume her studies at the University of Bristol. Since graduating she has worked in a multitude of roles on and off set, but her real passion is writing and directing character driven stories. Keep reading for more details on her fantastic film, Apocalypse Anytime Now as well her blog which takes us through her filmmaker journey.

Apocalypse Anytime Now by Jen Lim
Synopses

When Samuel, one of many young victims of eco-anxiety, hears about the flooding in Venice he decides to take his survival into his own hands.

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Film Duration
08:06

Filmmaker Blog:

Towards the end of 2019 I came across various news pieces which inspired Apocalypse Anytime Now. One introduced me to the term “eco-anxiety” (defined as “a chronic fear of environmental doom”). When I discovered how prevalent this fear was among children in particular, I realised immediately that I wanted to explore the issue from a young child’s perspective. Coupled with the news of the flooding in Venice, this became the starting point of the film. However, at the heart of the story is a relationship between a step-parent and child and how, by confronting his fears, Samuel is finally able to connect with his stepmother and embrace the outside world.

Like many other productions poised to shoot when lockdown struck, we had to postpone time and time again. However, I would like to think that this additional time in pre-production has made the film much stronger. It allowed time to plan and run a crowdfunding campaign which was a new challenge for me, and I was amazed and thankful for the support the film received through this. Also, during this period I worked closely with the Production Designer as well as with a host of talented designers to create the bedroom’s aesthetic and the prop graphics which incorporated the names of the team and which we then used for the animated end credits. This process has definitely shaped the way I will create worlds within my future stories.

Furthermore, as someone who is passionate about sustainable filmmaking, I really wanted to integrate more environmentally conscious practices into every stage and although this was no easy task, especially during a pandemic, I am really proud that as a team we went to great lengths to do so both on and off screen.

I could not have asked for a more understanding cast and crew and although these delays unfortunately meant many changes to the team, I had the fortune to meet and work with the most amazing people who all went out of their way to make this film a reality.

Jen

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