Here's the premiere of his new short film Reflection starring Tola Teriba.
REFLECTION from R.M. Moses on Vimeo.
A little behind-the-scenes on the film:
From the filmmaker...
I have Crohn's disease and I've had it for almost 9 years now. It hurts me
everyday, always nibbling at my insides as if it's a reminder that I can't do as much as I want to. It's annoying more than anything now because I'm so used to it. But I guess I have it for life so It was bound to become the "norm" for me.
Everyone has their problems, no matter how small or big they may compare to one another, the weight and burden can't really be judged or empathised by other people. This film gives us an insight to someone who is visibly ok but internally fighting the same battle everyday. It makes you feel like the words being spoken are about you. It's personal and genuine, and the amount of heart me and Tola had filming this can be seen.
Filming was amazing, one of the best shoots I've done, definitely the most enjoyable. I felt Tola's energy every time I said action. It was overwhelming at times because I know he had to put himself into a state of mind that he only goes through when he is having a crisis or something of that magnitude.
Before I would say action, I would give Tola a little backstory to why his character is sitting here, or standing over there, and he would close his eyes and really absorb the info which makes him a different quality actor. The love he has for his craft is amazing.
With this film, overall I just want people to have more awareness for victims of life-long diseases or illnesses. It's not about sympathy or feeling sorry for us, we're empowering others by giving them a voice. This is for the people who struggle with undiagnosed and untreated illnesses. This is for the people who feel like the pain isn't worth living through, but survive and breathe with us today. And I just want you to know that you aren't alone, we are all flawed, all struggling, but in the end it makes for a good life story when you succeed.