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50 Little Birds: Filmmaker Reflection

50 Little Birds was a deeply personal passion project of mine, and the thing I’m most proud of having created so far in my career. The stars aligned in so many different ways and it ended up being even better than I could have imagined. I first met Geoff Davis in 2014 or 2015 when I was living and working in Downtown Noblesville. I loved the aesthetic of his art and got the sense just from looking at it that there was something different about it, something deeper. I approached Geoff about it when I was living out of state in 2017, but the film didn’t end up getting produced until 2019 when I was back in Indiana and working for Tilt23 (then The Story Shop.)

I honestly wouldn’t have had it come about any other way. My teammates encouraged me and pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone when it came to storytelling. Each person also brought their immense talents to the table, without which the film wouldn’t be what it is. The extended amount of time also allowed me to get to know Geoff even better and parallels between our life stories started to emerge, which was really rewarding to explore and contributed to what themes ended up in the final product.

When I think about 50 Little Birds, I consider it a love letter. A love letter to ourselves as human beings and the journeys we go on to become who we are, but also to nature and art, and even filmmaking. Kyle, Chris and David did an incredible job with the cinematography, creating a visual poem to accompany the poetic nature of the voiceover. Writing the script remains one of the most rewarding creative experiences I’ve ever had.

I think I’ll always look back on the process of creating 50 Little Birds as a real benchmark in my career, and I am forever grateful to my teammates who were my creative collaborators on this project. And, of course, to Geoff, for allowing me to tell his story. It has gone on to impact so many people who’ve watched it, and that means the world to me.

- Hannah Lindgren | Producer & Editor | Tilt23 Studios