Putting out…your work that is. February 27, 2013
You woke up at 3am, fumbled for the notebook on your nightstand, scrawled out the genius idea that your half asleep self couldn’t contain until morning and then blacked back out.
The next morning you get a cup of coffee in you and you scroll through the chicken scratch bullett points on the pages in the notebook. You skim past earlier ramblings of semi-coherence–Jesus is a dinosaur fighter, driving ranges should serve burritos, single male’s DIY guide to cougar hunting–and you get to your notes from a few hours earlier and realize that you’re onto something. You have a very solid idea, one of those ideas that pushes everything off your massive to do list and says:
“We’re doing this!”
And then you spend six months writing, saving money, finding locations, re-writing, casting, calling in favors, re-writing, locking in crew, firing the creepy make-up guy, re-writing, losing your mind, shooting, going broke, bartending, editing, mastering and then when you’ve gone so far down the rabbit hole that you dream about every audio pop, bad take and underexposed shot you realize that you have to just simply stop and set it free.
“Movies aren’t made they’re abandoned” –Ridley Scott
That’s the point that you have to put your work out there. That’s scary. Anyone who says it isn’t scary to throw your creative offspring out to the wolves is either lying or a sociopath. But here’s the thing, do you really have a choice?
I believe the conventional wisdom that surrounds much of indy film production which is that the failure rate of independent film has less to do with the work being bad–although, let’s be honest, there’s metric shit tons of crap made all the time–but rather with the fact that so many filmmakers lose confidence in their work, start second guessing themselves and either don’t finish their projects or do finish them but never show them or even worse, pull them out of circulation at the first sign of discord.
Fuck the trolls on the internet, but other than that, guess what happens when you put your work out in the world?
You deal with people who watch your content and if they actually watch it all the way through, let alone comment on it, then you got something. You have audience, you have relevance.
That is the point.
You Make Content To Be Watched–if not go back to art school in the 90’s and study German nihilism…
You’re not going to be good to begin with, but hopefully you’ll be compelling, showing the glimmer of talent that is what you really know that you have to offer, that first spark that you’ll look back on down the line and shake your head at–seriously embarrassed–while the guy who signs your paychecks says, “that’s where it began.”0