Welp, the weird world of making a short film has begun. Will anyone care? I don't know. But after years of directing commercials and music videos, I've started the task of putting my narrative money where my mouth is. Or whatever.
I'm excited to stop talking about making script ideas in smokey bars at 1 in the morning and actually going for it. It's an opportunity for me to step into the narrative world and have a piece to pitch for longer / more expensive projects. And a fantastic way to realize the things I have to learn and shape to become a film maker that is intentional in his aesthetic and choice of story.
Deciding on the project is half the battle. Over the past year or so I've written several features and tv pilot scripts. And I needed to humble myself and step back to a 10 to 15 minute script I knew I could pursue and accomplish. I'm learning lessons already. In fact, let's do this on each post...
Lesson #1: It's good to beat the shit out of your ego every once in a while.
So! The script I'm taking on is a a dark little southern tale about a man dealing with the mistakes of his past and trying to get home. It's full of dirt and blood and tension and betrayal. Everything we wake up hoping to avoid.
Set in Tennessee, I'll be working with Nashville crew and cast to make the most cinematic and gritty story I can muster. Now all I have to do is get a cast, crew, gear, locations, etc. etc. etc. etc.
Luckily, I have a wonderful producer Max Butler helping me here in town.
For more on Max: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1808989/