Accepting Imperfections

The day is Thursday and it’s time to move forward once again. I’ll get to planning my next shoot later today and rework 2 short scenes for a new location. I will be including my first chase scene which is always fun.

I have continued to post shorts on the youtube channel and feel that these may be one of the easiest ways to expand my audience and grow a following for mountain cult. My friend Brad came by yesterday and I was able to give him a Mountain Cult T-shirt with his face on the graphic. He had some ideas on how to improve the graphics but was appreciative nonetheless. During the 10 minutes kelly and her friend ran to the store, Brad and I filmed a short and uploaded it to youtube.

One core philosophy that I try to live by when it comes by all things creative is the acceptance of imperfection. It is wonderful for us hold our art to the highest of standards. We push hard through the process, from beginning to end, and refuse to take short cuts. At the end of the day, however, no project will see the light of day until you allow it to.

If you set out to write the greatest book ever written before you’ve published anything, you have a high likelihood on molding and rewriting and altering that same book for the rest of your life. Much like humans, no piece of art is ever going to be perfect. Just like those that we love, imperfection is part of the appeal.

I believe in a branding strategy that trust more in consistent production then spending all my time and energy into making one quality production and anticipating the audience will arrive at that time. People are apprehensive to accept something that is unfamiliar. Think about all the advertisements you see each day – we don’t run out and buy something the first time we hear about it. But as time passes and you’ve seen that same face 50 some odd times, you might actually give some to the product they are trying to sell you.

Anyways, in the spirit of generalized production, I figured I’d make this little post. It’s not much but it’s better than waiting until I feel I have perfect post to write.

Day 1 – Production

Today marks the first day of production for me. I mean yeah, it’s technically pre-production, but this is the day I get the ball rolling.

I will be posting a youtube video diary later in the day discussing my plans and ambitions for the project. My goal is to begin posting videos 3-4 times per week updating my progress. I will discuss every meaningful event, from casting, to prop orders, equipment changes, crew acquisition, and location scouting.

My overarching goal is to build momentum toward a kickstarter campaign. If I can build enough online support to start gaining sponsorship I can offset costs and purchase better equipment. Maybe I can even provide a bonus to the actors.

I will have some obstacles to overcome as it is completely unfamiliar territory for me. I have 0 comfort and 0 interest in performing monologues in front of the camera to “sell my self.” I honestly think the word Vlog is disgusting, embarrassing, and disgraceful. But the reality is that entertaining videos take a lot more work then I am able to put in while simultaneously developing episode 5. The alternative is to produce 5-10 second humor clips, but I am not trying to be a tik tok star I’m trying to be a filmmaker.

I will publish the video later today and intend to post the link here as well. I’m guessing I’ll get around 20 views but that’s ok. This is where building a community starts so I’m going to do it.

#4 – Don’t be cocky

Be me. Spend 1 night watching every shitty short film you can find online. Narrow them down to 3 criteria – small crew, less than 1000 dollars to make, and quality story.

Contact the creator. Get permission to make analysis video. Request a script. Receive no response. Shrug it off.

Do some research. Figure out how to download youtube videos. Do some creative thinking. Record audio of film using built-in microsoft screen recorder.

Be at work. Spend your downtime watching the film and recording the action and plot developments at 30 second intervals. Have a list of 40 notes to use during editing today.

Find creators youtube. See that they published a new video today. Hmm, interesting. Video opens to – “A lot of people have been asking about how I made this film.”

It’s a 30 minute video. A breakdown. Using my one comment as an example for why the selected video is a gift from God.

Needless to say I’m upset. I guess the 4th criteria for me providing a video analysis should be “doesn’t suck their own dick.”

That was inappropriate. I’m sorry. I’m just agitated. This video was my plan for the week and I really wanted to release something tomorrow. Now I’m 95% sure I’m just going to start fresh with a new idea.

In other news, I’ve finally hit my goal of trimming my script down to 15 pages. I personally feel it’s ready to go. Just waiting on the go-ahead from a beta reader.

I’m also 80 pages in to one of the features I promised to provide feedback for. I have nothing but respect and support for its author. They may not like the feedback but by God they will receive a thorough assessment. If you actually care about your writing that’s something you should be grateful for.

Do you have any suggestions on what I should do for a new video? Here are the options I’m considering:

  1. An analysis on a scene from a script that was developed into a hit movie
  2. A short film about a cat plotting to murder me
  3. An instructional video about something to do with video editing
  4. A sketch that’s sure to provide guffaws
  5. Don’t make a video and pound beers until Kelly gets home from work

If you have any preference please leave them in the comments below.