PHOTO (Left) CREDIT: GARETH GATRELL/COURTESY OF MORSE ROSE PRODUCTIONS
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“Nothing can stop us from making dreams come true. I just want to inspire those who lack faith in the universe, spread a positive message and lead by example.”
Adam Morse always wanted to make films, but the 29-year-old from the UK began to lose his eyesight in 2009. He was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder, which profoundly affected his confidence, mobility, and social interactions.
But he didn’t give up his dream of directing films. In 2018, he released his first feature film staring Billy Zane, Sadie Frost, and Laurie Calvert. It is called Lucid, and it explores dreams and reality, reflecting Morse’s view that “nothing can stop us from making dreams come true.”
The movie premiered at the Edinburgh international film festival. “I want to inspire people to make their dreams real,” he said of the film. “I’m not just talking about disabled people. I want everyone to believe in themselves and to realize that almost anything is possible.”
Morse does not use a cane or a guide dog. To avoid tripping on set, he memorized the set layouts and locations. He also uses a screen reader to write. He uses a wide screen monitor to follow the action, and he relies on cinematographer Michel Dierickx to be his eyes while on set. He now only has peripheral vision.