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Tiny Buddha’s First Short Film: All by Myselfie

Today’s the day! Finally, after months of preparation, collaboration, and learning, I have Tiny Buddha Productions’ first short film, All by Myselfie, ready to share with you.

As you may remember, I shared a post in January, detailing why I decided to launch this production company, in partnership with my fiancé.

Months later, I shared my top four lessons from attempting something new and difficult, when you have boundless enthusiasm but limited experience.

This film took much longer to complete than we originally anticipated; in fact, I imagined I’d be sharing our second film by now. While patience isn’t my strong suit, I’ve come to realize all good things take time, and they’re usually worth the wait.

For us, this was. We’re thrilled with how it turned out, proud of the message we’ve shared, and hopeful you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

If you do enjoy it, we hope you’ll consider sharing it on your blog or social media pages to support us in this new venture.

Thank you to all the amazing cast and crew who helped bring this film to life. You touched us, inspired us, and made a positive difference in our lives, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to know and work with you.

If you’re reading this in your inbox, click here to watch the film on the site.

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. To strengthen your relationships, get her new book, Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges. For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Chris

    Great film Lori. Really enjoyed it. Like the No Dialogue technique. Really makes you think. Also as a tech geek, I love that it was 21:9 ratio to fill my widescreen cinema display. Keep up the good work.

  • D Axiaq

    🙂 i loved it and it made me think…

  • I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Thank you, Chris! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate that you took the time to write. =)

  • MargieEss

    Well done! I’m pleased to share on Facebook …. 😀

  • Thank you so much!

  • David Edwards

    I enjoyed the video. I identify with it. It can be hard to make that first step and for me very difficult. However, I was expecting something more than a chance meeting as the way for her finally make a friend. Yes, that is how many are made but considering the site it just did not seem the proper solution to you video. You could say I wanted a Moral to the story. Production wise it was excellent and well done. You could feel her pain. It brought tears to my eyes to see the pain that I know so well.

    I am also not quite sure how to share it. Yes, I know mechanically how, use the Share option above. The title has a double mean which I suspect many would miss if I just share it to my list and leave them confused. If I explain the video I am opening up a side of me that is the very point of this video and that is difficult. On a social site I am freer to be the person I want to be. I don’t have to look these people eye to eye and only when I want to. I post this and it exposes the frightened part of me; to use an earlier article the ‘Quiet’ me. I don’t visit the pages and sites of people or groups where this video might be useful because they are painful for me to read and share with. A lot of pain but very little help other than knowing you are not alone. I know I am not alone, many people have the same problems, but I am me. I admit I have become a recluse. However, I do crave people so I could not be a hermit. I compromise by using social sites and have no trouble at all just sitting in a mall and while still being alone at least I am not totally alone. I digress though.

    I guess my closing comment would be, while it is a wonderful video, it does nothing to help me and I am not sure it would help others understand someone like me. My last thought at the end was ‘Glad she found a friend and is now happy.’ I had nothing to ponder, nothing to apply to myself, and honestly questioning my use of 8 minutes of my life to watch it. Perhaps I missed something?

  • Rocky

    I enjoyed your film very much! Bravo! I bet that it would be a great film to share in schools! Thank you for your great website as well ❤️

  • What a beautiful video and one I definitely can relate to…..having moved a few times, I’ve been in this position more than once. Sadly, it’s not just when I’ve first moved that I felt alone where I lived but often many months of years later. Sometimes it is very difficult to connect with people especially when they always seem more preoccupied with conversations on social media (or texting) rather than those who are actually, physically around them. Sometimes I’m just amazed how we now are capable of connecting with people instantly and all over the world and yet, many times it feels as though it’s hard to connect with anyone at all. Very well done! Thank you.

  • phil Fenty

    Enjoyed very much, short and sweet, thanks.

  • Alisha

    Amazing video with such a wonderful message that I think everyone can relate to. I am so happy that there is this video on Tiny Buddha. This website has helped me overcome many obstacles and I couldn’t be more grateful.

  • Congratulations Lori! I like the message of the film. It’s also very cute

  • Greg Ewan

    WELL DONE… NO DOUBT IT’S A GOOD FILM.. I LIKE TO GIVE CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM (AND IT’S ONLY MY OPINION IT DOESN’T MEAN I’M RIGHT) *THE MUSIC TOOK AWAY FROM THE FILM, IT FELT WRONG, SUBTLTY IS KEY. I WOULD HAVE EXPERIMENTED WITH *OPPOSITES (SAD, DRAMATIC FOR HAPPY & VICE VERSA) MAKES IT MORE INTERESTING. MUSIC ALL THE WAY THROUGH LIMITS YOU.
    (50-70 % AT MOST)- IT’S JUST MY OPINION I’M ONLY RIGHT 94% OF THE TIME

  • Ritchie Nelson

    It may have taken longer than you expected it to – but it was worth it. Truly beautifully produced, and an extremely powerful reminder that no matter what we are telling ourselves, we’re never alone and there is always someone else going through exactly the same thing somewhere.

    Bring on movie #2 🙂

  • Oh, I love it Lori! Well done all of you 🙂 Love seeing projects that have been in the minds of others come into reality.

  • Thank you so much, Maria! I couldn’t be more excited about this. =)

  • Thank you, Ritchie! I have been so touched to see how people are responding to the film. We hope to film #2 right after the New Year!

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Greg! I personally love the music, but I know music is highly subjective. And I see what you mean about opposites. Food for thought, for sure!

  • Thank you so much, Blon! I really appreciate your support. =)

  • Thank you, Alisha! I’m so happy to know the site has been helpful to you. =)

  • You’re most welcome, Phil. I’m glad you enjoyed it! =)

  • I’ve had the same experience, Michelle! I’ve moved every two years over the last fourteen, so I have been in this position many times. And I’ve often thought about how ironic it is that one can be connected to so many people online but struggle to connect in the flesh. I’m thrilled that the film has people talking about this, as I think it’s one of the biggest challenges of our time. Thank you for watching, and for the kind words!

  • Sarah

    Wow and wow!!! Laurie, you are so good with the written word and now, I see you are good without words! This short film is wonderful and say so very much about how alone we might feel and how to reach out and how to receive!!! Thank you! Please keep sharing your gift with the world. You do make the world a better place!

  • Sarah

    Wow and wow!!! Lori, you are so good with the written word and now, I see you are good without words! This short film is wonderful and says so very much about how alone we might feel and also how to reach out and how to receive!!! Thank you! Please keep sharing your gift with the world. You do make the world a better place!

  • Thanks so much for the kind words, Sarah! They mean the world to me. =)

  • Thanks so much, Rocky, and you’re most welcome! =)

  • Hi David ~

    I’m sorry that this wasn’t helpful you. I really feel your pain, as I know what it’s like to feel isolated and scared of being vulnerable. I don’t think you missed anything; it could just be that this story isn’t relatable for you personally because your struggle is different from the main character’s. Am I correct in understanding, based on what you wrote, that you don’t connect with anyone offline?

    Lori

  • Patmay1122

    Loved the movie! Great job!
    xoxoxox

  • Thanks so much!

  • David Edwards

    Severe depression and worsening disability have made it easier to not attempt to connect. I am not an out-going person to begin with because I have trouble finding that link to start something; very much as the main character which is the part I do connect with in the video. Past mental injuries of rejection have made it more difficult. I never really understood my feelings until I read the earlier article about being a ‘Quiet’ person. Yes, I have some friends outside of the house but I am more comfortable not facing the public face to face. I have a therapist working with me incase that is a question you might have asked.

    I liked how she kept trying though and not giving up quickly. I just found the end unsatisfactory. Your site gives solutions to problems or at least something to take away with you for later thought. This video did not or at least for me it did not.

    I do thank you for the site. It has done more for me than most any other site on the net.

  • lv2terp

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! I am so proud and glad you kept going with the goal you set for yourself! Great quality filming, great actors, and the ability explain this message with only visual storytelling, well done!! 🙂

  • Greg Ewan

    I ALWAYS MAKE 3 ROUGH CUTS FIRST-
    THE MAIN (YOUR FIRST CHOICE) THE ONE YOU THINK IS THE BEST CUT.. THE OPPOSITES CUT’ USING OPPOSITES…
    AND THE ‘CUT-CUT” WITH ALL THE TAKES OR ‘SCENES’ YOUR NOT GOING TO USE OR DIDN’T LIKE AND WOULD NEVER USE..
    WATCH EACH ONE, ASK YOUR FRIENDS WHAT THEY THINK..
    KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND THAT’S IT. *85% OF IT DOESN’T WORK BUT 15% DOES. AND SHOULD GIVE IT AN EDGE ..
    ‘GOOD FILMS STAND ON THE EDGE.. ‘GREAT FILMS LEAN OVER IT

  • Daniel Gregory

    Speaking up…seems simple enough, and yet sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do.
    Great movie. 🙂

  • So true! Thanks so much. =)

  • Thank you so much! I’m pretty proud as well, actually. =)

  • That’s great that you’re working with a therapist. I credit therapy with saving my life, though it’s not a slow process, that’s for sure.

    I understand where you’re coming from. The film wasn’t really meant to be a how-to video or provide solutions, like the site does. But I can see how that would have been more helpful for you.

    You’re most welcome. I’m glad the site has helped. =)

  • Melanie Miceli

    Wow! That was so incredible and touching and moving, all without a word said! (Very much like Disney’s Up!) Kudos to you, all the actors and the composer on creating such a wonderful story. I can’t wait to see the next one!

  • Thanks so much, Melanie!

  • Tipis

    Congrats Lori! Thats a very sweet video! : )

  • Thanks so much!

  • A touching short video Lori – we can all relate to some of those moments you included!! Just staying the course because the perfect moment will magically appear just when you’ve let go. Love how much can be communicated without any dialogue. Look forward to seeing many more : )

  • Thanks so much, Carolyn!

  • Dear Lori:

    Even though I’ve contributed some guest posts to TB, you and I haven’t met in person. So I hope it’s not over the top to tell you that I am so DARN PROUD of you.

    You’ve inspired me in three important ways. 1. The courage you showed to dive in and be a beginner. 2. The clarity of your vision. 3. The perseverance, despite obstacles, to see your creative project all the way to a beautiful completion.

    I was so touched by your message on the value of true human connection and will be sharing your well-made film with as many people as I can. Congratulations, well done, and I can’t wait to see what you create next.

    xo

  • Thank you so much for the kind words, Linda! It’s not over the top at all – it’s touching, encouraging, and much appreciated. =)

  • T I

    Beautiful video! I enjoyed it very much. The only thing I didn’t like much was that she finally connected with someone else because the person lost a friend. I know when you lose someone, we often need others to get us through it. However and hopefully, we can connect with others without having to lose someone else.

  • Thanks so much – I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    I see what you mean about Emma’s loss. That’s not what we intended to convey, but I can understand how one could interpret the ending that way.

    We chose this ending because we wanted to emphasize that things aren’t always what they seem. So often we see photos on someone’s wall and assume they’re perfectly happy and can’t relate to our struggles. In the story, it was a literal wall in Emma’s cubicle. Lily had no idea, when she saw those selfies in the beginning, that Emma was grieving the loss her best friend, who died last year. Though death is always tragic, we hoped this would send a message of hope: that we’re all more similar than we think – we all have struggles, and we all need other people – so it’s worth it to take a risk and reach out!

  • Charlene Gracie Anestis

    This got me in my core, crying at 7:30 AM. I know that fear to reach out all too well. I loved the vision board and her many missed chances. It is when we surrender that the true miracle appears!

  • I’m so glad this spoke to you, Charlene! I know that fear all too well, too. Surrendering can be terrifying, but when it inevitably pays off, it’s so worth it!

  • This is amazing, Lori! It touches on so many emotions and issues we all can relate to – loneliness, connection, fear, insecurity, wanting to be seen, the isolating effects of social media, etc. And it’s all communicated so clearly without a single word spoken. Congratulations on such a successful start to your production company!

  • Thanks so much, Liz! I really value your opinion, so this feedback means the world to me. =)

  • I’m so touched to hear that Lori, as you are such an inspiration to me! I shared on social media but if there’s any other way I can support you just let me know!

  • Thank you so much!

  • Erika Loftin

    Love this video. All the feels.

  • Glad you enjoyed it, Erika! =)