I wrote a film. A short film, to be more specific. I wrote it in 2009, and then fretted about helming it as a producer and director because the most I had taken on at that point was a 5 minute short film with 3 locations and 4 actors. This film was 30 minutes long, had 9 characters and many extras, as well as 4 locations that couldn’t be contrived from my living room. I spoke with countless others, trying to talk myself into it, trying to see if I was capable of such a task. In the end, I bit the bullet, held a casting call and put a notice out for a 15 man crew. I set the shoot dates for 4 days in June in 2010.
Everything came together. I had a DP who brought a RED camera on board, I was able to have Albertsons donate food for our crew and set, and I got product placement with a pizza company who provided our lunch everyday. My cast was solid and I dove headfirst into an enormously stressful, but incredible 4 days. I had no idea what I was doing.
Then I moved to LA. I had a friend editing it, but he ran out of time, so I gave it to another editor. I don’t remember what happened with that one. Then it went to another. And another. Each of them fell through after working with them for several months. They’d just go off the radar. Eventually, I got my footage back and decided to do the damn thing myself. I invested in Adobe Creative Suite and watched/read endless tutorials so I could edit the film. I got a new computer and monitor in order to work with 4k footage. Then I went about editing the sound. This was much harder to do. I had an incredibly steep learning curve, but after a few months, it was done. 3 months ago, I began color correcting Priscilla, my 30 minute British comedy. This part was easier than I anticipated, and yesterday, at 5pm, I color graded the very last frame of this film that I have been sitting with for 7 years.
7 years. I feel a little lost without the phrase “I should be working on Priscilla” hanging from my every spare moment. I have invested years in this project and to no longer be working on it is exciting, but also jarring. What am I without this film? Hopefully I will be the producer/writer/director showing it at film festivals come 2018. But I’ll also be the novel writer- I began writing a book 2 weeks ago. With this film done, I can devote my energies towards it. I’ll also be a script writer- I began one 5 months ago that I’d love to pick up. This time, I think I’ll try my hand at a feature length film. But for now, in this moment, I’m going to savor the feeling of completion. Of seeing something out over the longhaul. Sticking to it, and never giving up. That’s worthy of celebration.