TenEighty recently spoke to Sammy about the new film.
Diary of a Tortured Artist made its debut during the Short Films Screening at Toronto’s Buffer Festival in September, and stars Bertie Gilbert as the “tortured artist” and Khyan Mansley as the narrator of said artist’s diary.
Speaking with TenEighty in a recent interview, Sammy Paul describes the video as “a weird mix of comedy, but [also] kind of self-deprecating [and a] little bit self-reflective”. The various diary entries showcase the inner most thoughts of the tortured artist, from a reflection of the game Snakes and Ladders to the idea that humans are pretty much glorified funnels.
Compared to the content regularly seen on Sammy’s channel, Diary of a Tortured Artist features a much different direction. When asked where the idea came from, he explains it came from a mixture of ideas he’d collected on his phone:
“I actually went through my phone on my notes. I have this document called Seeds that’s just like seeds of ideas. […] As I was reading through them, I was like, ‘This is actually really funny just to read, like this series of really half-baked ideas.’ So, essentially, I turned all of those half-baked ideas into a series of diary entries from the titular tortured artist.”
And that's a wrap on Diary of a Tortured Artist.
— Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) August 1, 2017
Filming for Diary of a Tortured Artist occurred during the summer. As aforementioned, Bertie and Khyan both feature, and when asked about the two’s involvement, Sammy explains how they were given little context about what the film would be about: “I didn’t give either of them much context as to what we were doing. I don’t even know if Bertie heard the narration before getting on set.”
As for Khyan, “I guess cause [with] narration you get a bit more context, he sort of knew a little more about it. It was kind of a mystery to both of them.”
Those wishing to watch Diary of a Tortured Artist can do so via Sammy’s YouTube channel.