Stay the Same


Stay the Same is a film by Sam Firth produced through her company Tiny Spark Productions and funded by the BFI and Creative Scotland.

It is meditation on time, mortality and our desire to capture experience.

To make the film Sam filmed every day for a year, at exactly the same time, in exactly the same place on the shore of Loch Nevis from June 2011 to June 2012.

The resulting film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, has toured film festivals around the world and was featured on BBC Scotland. Click here for reviews of the film.

This website is a record of Sam’s experience making the film, responses she collected to the project,  related films and material she found along the way: an online creative notebook for the film.

If you want to read more you can search the archives, browse by date or type of posting, or start HERE. There are also screening dates , reviews more info on the film, about Sam or the location.

And so after a long journey,  you can now watch final film.

“Stay the Same, captures Firth’s changing environment over the year  . . .  a striking contrast between the filmmaker’s momentary emotions and the ever present rocks, tides and landscape.”

Sight and Sound  

“Out of simplicity comes great complexity – it’s very beautiful,  moving too” 

Clio Barnard, director of The Selfish Giant

“A hauntingly beautiful meditation on time, solitude and isolation.”

Matt Lloyd, Glasgow Short Film Festival

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Speechless with so many questions… if i amy ask long have you been a filmmaker? What inspired you to continue wiht this film rather than aborting it..

very beautiful and thoughtful concept. Thank you for this peice.

Comment by Humble

Hello Humble,
Thank you for your comment. I am so glad you enjoyed the film. I’ve been making films since 2009 but trained as a screenwriter before this in 2001. I think the thing that kept me going through this project was this website and all the input and feedback I received while I did it. It was a truly amazing journey, and hopefully I will achieve something even bigger one day!

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