Really enjoyed listening to this episode and I'm gutted I wasn't available to join in on the recording. Nice to see lots of people chiming in on this one, I think it's a topic many of us here on the forum will be able to relate to, to some extent or another.
Have you ever experienced "film burnout", i.e. feeling like you have lost the love for film/do not get the same enjoyment from them anymore?
Yes, I sure have. Watching films is my main hobby so when I'm unable to enjoy it, it's usually a sign that something isn't right with me.
If yes on the former, what caused it, and did you manage to get your passion for cinema back?
When I'm tired/stressed due to work or other factors I find it difficult to concentrate on films and my consumption of films tends to drop dramatically if there is stuff playing on my mind. I like to be in the right frame of mind for watching a film - fully awake and alert, so when there are external factors affecting how I feel then this can spill over into my hobby. Like many others have said it's rarely films that are the cause of the burnout, if I ever get tired of a certain genre or style I mix it up with something entirely different. A happy filmbantha is watching at least 7 films a week, maybe even twice that (social life and work commitments permitting of course). Whereas an unhappy filmbantha may be only watching 2-3 films a week
If no, do you think you could ever be at risk/have you ever worried about possibly falling out of love with films?
The joy of finding a new favourite film and feeling those goosebumps on the back of my neck during a near-perfect cinematic moment is something that will keep me coming back even if I do occasionally require a break.
Is film burnout perhaps just a sign of our film obsessions going too far?
I think it could be, the idea of watching many unappealing films just to complete a list is not something I would entertain these days, although I was more up for this when I was younger. I've come to terms with the fact I'm never going to complete the TSPDT list and other such unwieldy monsters. Too many documentaries and experimental films for my liking and life is too short to sit through something I have zero interest in just for a check or to say I have seen it. I still use official lists as a starting point but I do not work on them obsessively like I have done in the past.
What is the best advice you would give to someone who feels like they are falling out of love with film?
Do you think film burnout is caused by watching too many films?
Yep I think It could be part of the issue depending on the person, I think I would struggle to enjoy films if I watched 5+ every day regularly
Would you still enjoy cinema as much if you watched 4-5+ films per day?
It sounds good but honestly I think probably not, as many others have said, best to enjoy things in moderation
If you could, would you like to have the same set-up as Flavo?
Sorry Flavo but that notion doesn't appeal to me at all. I love films and do everything I can to give them my full attention so juggling work and films does not appeal to me.
And finally: Is film burnout even a thing, or is just adult people deciding to focus on other hobbies?
I think it's a thing, I've experienced it and it's frustrating when you have the time to watch films but you just don't feel in the mood for them.
Bonus: What are your fall-back hobbies?
All sorts, I love going to gigs/festivals, listening to music, reading. Though I don't do any of these as much as I would like to. I have also recently picked up a hobby I left behind in my teenage years. Painting models and playing tabletop games. I used to love Warhammer when I was younger and have found a co-op variety of a tabletop skirmish game called Rangers of the shadow Deep which is something like a cross between dungeons and dragons and Warhammer. It's great fun painting models and building terrain and then having my friends round for a few games. Nothing will ever replace films though, at least for now anyway...