Usually I just like to keep a record of films that I see online using websites such as Letterboxd to track what I see, when I see it and how I would score it. However, there has been some posts on Pinterest that consists of people making their own film journals, and they look absolutely stunning. So, for this year, I will be making my very own film journal. I will show you how I am maintaining and doing my film journal and what suits me best, and give you advice on what you can do if you want to make one yourself.
Moleskin Journals used to create a Passion series in which they had journals specifically laid out for certain hobbies, film being one of them. However, they stopped manufacturing them and to buy one now will cost you a minimum of £48 on Amazon. What I am doing instead is using a dot journal, one that is typically used now for bullet journaling. Not only does this give you space as if it is a blank page, but it gives you a rough guide so organising sections and keeping your writing in neat lines is done easily.
My first section I took from _bujo_beginner_ on Instagram and it is simply a brick wall filled with films that I want to see, as well as films that I have seen. Each brick will be coloured with that colour of the month to show when I actually watched the film. The idea is that by the end of the year, I will have a complete wall on the right hand side to show how many films I did watch this year, as well as a range of colours on the left with as many bricks successfully watched.
There are many ways that a film journal can be organised or used for. Some people like to keep a record of their favourite films, or even just cinema releases. For me, I want to keep a record of every film I see this year. Not only will this encourage me to check out a lot more films even when I cannot go to the cinema, but it will also put me in a position to try new films and not watch the same film over and over again. I really like how the opening page for January has turned out so far, with the calligraphy in the centre of the page with the films I have seen in the month surrounding the month.
So far I have logged in 11 films this year, so I keep going at the rate of one movie a day I will possibly run out of room before the end of the year. I am doing one movie per page, which will take up a lot of space considering how many movies I plan to watch in the year. If you are a lighter movie goer, this will be no problem for you. It also depends on what your journal is for. You could be doing yours to keep track of cinema tickets or how you view a movie, or you could be wanting to write your thoughts and feelings down on paper.
The purpose of my journal is to keep all of the information that I need for my blog on hand. What I do is that I keep in mind the date that I watched it, and then put a bunch of information for reference underneath the title. For example, I highlight the following information: cast, genre, director, writer, distributor, and the UK official release date. Underneath that, I write a small three paragraph review that highlights the performances, editing and cinematography, as well as express my opinion on the film. I close it out with a score that I can glance over and see how every movie I watched compared in the month.
I want to keep my journal consistent throughout. A part of me wishes that I have not left that much space for reviews and instead included some fun stuff like quotes or fun facts. I also have fallen in love with some people’s film journals in which they do fun collages and added photographs from their films into the journal. This is my first year of doing a film journal and I wanted to keep it simple. Maybe next year I can experiment more, as long as my film journal is successful.
One key thing I wanted to do was to keep a track of where I watched a specific film. I spend a lot of money on different subscriptions, and this is to see if I am getting my money’s worth. As of right now, I pay £17.40 a month for my Cineworld Unlimited Card, £9.99 a month for Netflix, £9.99 a month for NOW TV’s film pass (possibly less after different discounts) and £39.99 a year for Amazon Prime. Whilst I mainly use Amazon Prime for delivery costs, I will find it interesting to see what is worth the money and what isn’t.
This also gives me a way to keep all of my cinema tickets and not let them get thrown out. I have tried numerous times to keep a hold of cinema tickets, but normally they either get shoved in a drawer and forgotten or just chucked out. This way will make sure that I know where the tickets are, and have some context to compare it to as well.
In short: there is no right or wrong way to do a film journal. It all depends on your main motive to actually have a film journal, and everyone will have their own way of creating one. This is my film journal and I am loving it so far. If you have a film journal of your own, please feel free to share a link to it in the comments section below.