Thursday, March 31, 2011

The five stages of no budget Filmmaking

I’ve been mulling over this thought during the day job for several months now and while it hasn’t been perfected I thought I would post it just the same.  It’s roughly modeled after the 5 stages of grief, but hopefully, a bit more humorous.
  • Denial~ Otherwise known as the honeymoon phase of filmmaking.  This brief period of time occurs when you first decide to make a film. You run out, buy a bunch of equipment and video tape your cat, ferret, idiot sibling trying to open a childproof bottle of aspirin.  As you preview that ‘hilarious’ you tube buzz worthy footage you declare yourself a budding filmmaker.
“Look out Lucas, Ford and Coppola! All your Oscars belong to us!”
  • Anger~ You have a few short films under your belt, but not setting the world on fire.  Any constructive criticism is instantly considered an attack on your artistic vision.  People obviously aren’t cerebral enough to ‘get’ the material and your talent is being wasted on knuckle dragging neanderthals who’d be more content watching season 16 of Jersey Shore: Seaside Heights Retirement Village where Nonni Snookie get’s the beat down from Pauly D’s walker. 
Something is telling me I probably shouldn’t have been able to pull their names out of thin air like that.
  • Bargaining~ A few more films have been created and you are slowly getting ‘it’.  Not all of the films are going to be epic.  In fact a few of them you’d soon rather forget.  Lessons have been learned, however painful they might have been.  You are now on a barter system with people.  Actors actually get decent food on set.  In exchange for a location the business gets a plug in the credits.  Life it good.
To local business owner: How important is that wall over there?  Do you REALLY need it?
  • Depression~ This happens when you wake up one morning and total up your expenses towards this ‘hobby’.  You instantly slip into a near catatonic state when you start delving deeper into filmmaking; legally and technically.  You are far beyond compositions and the happy little white balance button on your camera.  You are now juggling scheduling, re-writes, casting, location scouting, catering, crew, equipment, etc...etc...  You are overwhelmed, over budget and can’t remember the last time you slept more than four hours or ate something that wasn’t in a wrapper.  Overall you haven’t even scratched the surface on all that is filmmaking.
  • Acceptance~  Despite the odds being stacked against you you’ve come to realize you wouldn’t want it any other way.  You’re finally able to tell the difference between constructive criticism and ‘haters’.  Overall you embrace each project regardless of the outcome, but hope you are in that 1% that make a difference.
“I shot a film over the weekend.  What did you do?”

Friday, March 25, 2011

Videos are online!

I know, I know, they aren't posted here in my blog.  Only because they are quite content on the new site and I didn't want them getting lost as I continued to blog here.

Click your heels three times as you click on this link once.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A not so funny thing happened on the way to the Left Forum

In the famous words of Captain Kirk all I can say is:

Needless to say things didn't go as expected.  Next time I'm hiring Hannibal Smith to make sure everything goes according to plan.

Monday, March 14, 2011

New York, New York

T-minus 6 days until the left forum screening in NYC at Pace University.  Am I ready for it? No.  I spent the better part of the weekend reviewing the footage I had shot in LA and DC trying to make some sense of it all.  As it stands I believe that DLS will be talking a bit during the forum and then we will roll a clip of an interview that pertains to what she is saying.
Rinse, repeat for approximately 15-20 minutes.

It isn’t exactly the solution I had in mind but given the deadline drawing in close it’s either that or I reenact with shadow puppets.

I think once I get through the forum I will be able to take a bit of a breather and possibly go be somewhat sociable in Philly at the next MPEG gathering.  I’ll gather a bit of intel on what’s going on and possibly nail down some actors to help craft Junct.  I could message some of these potential actors via FB but I think it would behoove me to actually talk to these people in a social setting.  Last thing I need is to get trapped with some stick in the mud for a weekend shoot.  The cool thing about the next networking meeting is it will be held at Asylum Arena.  Which means I finally can put to good use the Mexican wrestling mask I have.

Just got off the phone with DLS and I should be getting her video clip wishlist before midnight.  I plan on pulling all the clips and hopefully before week’s end we will have whittled them down to a couple for audio and color correcting.  I was informed the equipment has been secured for the panel so that should lighten the load a bit for NYC.  I should find out in a couple of days if I need to bring my film equipment up as well.  Hopefully not.  Only because I want to get my fill of rice pudding afterwards.