If you’ve been keeping up with my Facebook or Twitter feeds, you know, unfortunately, that we didn’t make it into the finals of the Dockers contest. If you’re reading it here for the first time then, yeah, I’m disappointed too. I put a lot of work and money into that contest and I know you guys voted your little hearts out to get me into the semifinals, but those are the breaks. Sometimes you win the battles and sometimes you don’t; but don’t believe for a minute that we’ve lost the war.
I’m reminded of something I heard several years ago regarding the film business: Expect to get 100 no’s for every yes. If one isn’t able to deal with that, then they shouldn’t be in this business.
Like any good story the protagonist must overcome obstacle after obstacle, some of them seeming insurmountable, before reaching his or her final goal. This is just another obstacle in our story. The quest to reunite the cast of The Invisible Man lives on!
I have no regrets about the entering the contest. I really don’t. It was a wonderful (albeit exhausting) and much needed learning experience for me and I was able to show that, yes indeed, I can pull together a production. There is only so much one can learn from books and classes. One really needs to just get out there and do it. As a result, I have footage that I can use for other purposes. Yep, it won’t go to waste. For example, I can re-cut it and use it to create a crowdfunding video. Crowdfunding, in fact, is most likely the next step that I’m going to be taking in the future to raise the seed money I need to get this project off the ground. I don’t have much of a choice. I’m personally tapped out. It’ll take me years to pay back that bank loan I took out to fund the video.
But first I need to finish the story. It’s been sitting idle for far too long and my screenwriter has been infinitely patient with me as I dealt with reprecussions from my auto accident, holding the Name the Movie Characters Contest, my computer dying, and then entering the Dockers contest. Now I really need to focus on getting the story done because no story…no movie.
There is one advantage, however, to letting the story sit for so long and that is that I’ve had a long time to think about it. There’s a bit of screenwriting advice that I heard once and that is that after you’ve written the first draft, put the story away for a month or two or six and then come back to it because, although it may seem perfect when you finished that first draft, you’ll really see its flaws after you’ve been away from it for a while. I can really see the wisdom in that advice because I see flaws now that I didn’t see previously. Scenes that I was absolutely in love with will have to go because they really don’t serve the story and its theme. That’s hard, but it has to be done.
Before I tackle the treatment, however, I need to get the story bible done. Getting the characters fleshed out, the pseudoscience in place, and the back story done are a vital foundation for the story. It’s absolutely needed in order to keep everything consistent.
I promised you pictures and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our video and I haven’t forgotten. I just need to still get the pictures and footage. I, also, wanted to wait until you actually got to see the video, which is now posted on Facebook and on the home page of this website.
So go watch it and tell me what you think. If you like it great, but if not, tell me why. I do appreciate constructive criticism. How can I learn and grow as a filmmaker without it?!