IFH 510: How to Deal with Filmmaking Depression with Lucas McNelly


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I read an article the other day about a filmmaker who spent the better part of a decade trying to finish a movie due to unforeseen circumstances and spiral depression. I was immediately intrigued because that's part of the package that this line of work comes with that we don't talk about as much.
So, I brought on the award-winning filmmaker and writer Lucas McNelly to talk about his movie, Upcountry, and how depression affects his life and creativity. Lucas McNelly has written and directed such feel-good projects as Blanc de Blanc, A Year Without Rent, L'Attente, Gravida, Maine Noire, and Indies for Indies series. He currently works as Director of Films and Assistant to Marla Singer at Long Winter Soap Company.
While his interest was initially in sports broadcasting like basketball and baseball, he pivot to filmmaking in his sophomore year of college after winning a students' film festival by happenstance.
The production of his 2021 movie, UpCountry, took almost a decade to complete. Lucas wrote and directed Upcountry--- a true labor of time and passion because he came to the brink of losing this project.
The movie plot is about a group of friends from New York City who hires a guide to take them on a fishing trip deep in the woods of northern Maine. But, when the guide takes all their gear, they find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere.
He goes in-depth about the process and all the curveballs he dealt with over the decade. Perseverance is one word I can use to describe Lucas's story and the making of Upcountry, but you have to listen to be your own judge.
He has another upcoming project, Maine Noire; you can check out on his website--- you can find all the details in the show notes below.
Not to give too much away, let's dig into my interview with Lucas McNelly.

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