Okay guys I know it’s been a while, but here’s an update on my film project that I talked about back in October. (Pictures are from the shoot)
The trailer for my short film, Reacquainted, is currently in the editing process. The footage has been collecting metaphorical dust for a while, but, hey, life gets in the way sometimes. Besides the point, I think it’s a good idea to get some distance from your work every once in a while. This way, you can come back with a fresh pair of eyes, which is important, especially for a trailer. You’ll notice things that you didn’t before. New and interesting ideas will come to you that probably wouldn’t have before your brief hiatus. However, take too long of a break and you may never finish it, so moderate your time off.
During the filming process, someone in the cast turned to me and asked, “Is it turning out just like you imagined.” I thought for a moment and politely answered, “No.”
I went on to explain that from my experience as a writer and director, the final product (for worse or for better) is always different than you first imagined it in your head. As an artist I believe you shouldn’t get married to your original vision. Of course use as much of it as you can to inspire you throughout the creative process, but be open to change and adjustments. Some projects stay stagnant because the people running the show are unwilling to change anything in their original script. The difference between those people and me is that, at the end of the day, I want to get something made. I will have a product that I can show off to the world. They will have their “perfect” vision, but nothing tangible.
Now I’m not saying you should compromise the integrity of your work. By all means, keep whatever makes your art unique, but, especially when working on a collaborative project, some of the best ideas are spontaneous and what you didn’t originally plan.
This will also help during the revision process. I’ll always remember a saying that one of my undergraduate writing professors used to repeat constantly: “Be prepared to murder your darlings.” You may have some great ideas but if it’s holding your piece back, be prepared to cut it and think of something better. This is especially true with screenplay writing. A line of dialogue or an action may read well on paper but if it doesn’t sound natural or look right when filming, be prepared to adjust. Writing on paper doesn’t always translate well to the screen or stage. Don’t worry though, you’re creative. You’ll think of something.
Change. Love it. Hate it. It’s here to stay and something everyone should get used to.
I am also currently discussing a shooting schedule for the full film early next year with my crew. Exciting stuff!
No matter what genre of writing or art you pursue, stop talking about doing it and just do it! You’ll be surprised at what you’re capable of.