India Bell & Josiah Allen – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
Jo: Indianna and I are both uni students from Adelaide, SA. We are both budding filmmakers, studying a Bachelor Of Creative Arts at Flinders University. Like any film students we hope to one day be directing and producing our own blockbusters.

Why do you do it?
Indi: We study film because we live and breathe movies! Both Jo and I grew up watching films and making our own home movies- from my breakout role as a 6-year-old Madam Doubtfire to a 15-minute re-enactment of 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events', I've always had a love for film and television. So naturally, I can't imagine anything better than working in the film industry!

What do you love about the city you live in?
Jo: What's not to like? White sandy beaches in one direction, wineries in the other.
Indi: South Australia is a great place to grow up, plus nothing beats the Farmers Union Iced Coffee.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
Jo: Bathers, because they’re pretty much the only clothes you need in summer.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
Jo: I always loved 'The Simpsons' because of the great characters and clever writing. It wasn’t dumbed down for children, so I can still watch the early seasons now and love them just as much as I did then.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Indi: That you can’t change time. No matter how much you worry about growing up or missed opportunities, time will just keep going at the same pace it always has. All that matters is using the time you’re given as best you can, (thanks for that one mum).

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
Jo: I used to be abnormally talented at archery and could ride a unicycle like a pro.
Indi: When I was a kid I kept a ‘fairy diary’ in which I would record fairy sightings, and stick in suspicious looking photographs and newspaper clippings in which I though fairies could somehow be involved.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Jo: I’m a uni student studying the arts – of course I am! But seriously, studying something that you love definitely has its perks. I think if I was studying something that I didn’t care about, the work load would feel so much bigger. Whereas I get to plan, shoot and edit my assignments – it doesn’t feel like work most of the time!

How do you define success?
Jo: I think success is being able to make a comfortable living doing what you love.
Indi: Leaving some kind of positive mark when you’re gone. It could be having a positive impact on your family and friends, being remembered for some kind of achievement or being renowned for your work. For me, I like the idea of making films because it means you leave little pieces of yourself behind- art that people can watch long after you are gone that reflects different aspect of yourself.

What's your spirit animal?
Indi: Probably a squirrel. They spend most of their life looking for and hoarding food, something I can definitely identify with.


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