I'm working towards making my first feature film.
At the moment I'm woefully unprepared, but I have a plan and everything that I'm doing now is a part of that plan. I'm shooting and cutting and writing and learning non-stop; I thought it would be good to have a place where I organize my thoughts and write down everything I learned from that week before. That's what this is...or will be. A little accountability, a little self criticism, a little education, and an open door for anyone that wants to come along for the ride.
The first thing I've been doing lately is trying to up my social media game. I've been posting to Instagram every day and working on developing a YouTube page. I'm not doing this because I'm a big fan of social media, but it's a structured way to keep me creating. I'm actually enjoying getting over some of my more curmudgeon-y tendencies and engaging with people. That's all a part of step one; ALWAYS BE CREATING! I'm trying to make sure that I only put out content that I'm happy with as well...I have a tendency to rush things out before they're ready because I get excited to share them. I put out an especially mediocre post on Sunday with some sloppily placed light leaks as transitions. It wasn't terrible, but it could have been a lot better than it was if I had spent just a touch more time on it.
This past week the Criterion Channel's Movie of the Week was Barbara Loden's Wanda. It was great and started a (sort of) unintentional weekend of films about (and mostly by) women. I watched Wanda on Friday, Tully on Saturday, and Oceans Eight on Sunday. I have a two year old son, so Tully really got me. I feel like you see a lot of films about men becoming dads, but I'd be hard pressed to find another film that does such a great job of depicting a (sort of) realistic version of motherhood. I liked Oceans Eight. It was silly and fun and very Hollywood.
My wife and I also filmed a short this weekend! It felt good to get back to filming some dialogue and really creating a story, even if it's only a minute long. We started doing these shorts back when I was first learning about filmmaking. I want to start them back up again because I feel like they're great, quick ways to keep my skills in check, make something light and funny, and work on things in which I need a bit more practice.
And that's it. I'm not sure what this will turn into. Whether it will become more organized, or a bit more "written," or even more stream of conscious. But that's another thing I'm learning to be okay with...letting myself discover what things are instead of trying to force them into being something. I'll see you next week.