Just because everything is bound to go wrong, doesn't mean you can't plan for when it does.
Making a short should be an easy enough thing, right? That’s what I thought when I decided this would be the year I finally shoot my own.
After my first year working at No Film School, I had seen a plethora of short films at festivals around the country and often found myself walking away thinking, “Heh, I could do so much better.” Now, I’m beginning to see that it is much, much harder than I initially expected.
After about several months of pre-production for my short The Guy, I’m finally rounding the corner to the production date. It's been rough. From losing a co-director to realizing that, no matter who I hire, I am the only one who can make sure the thing gets made, there are a lot of things that I wish I’d done differently. There are also things that I’m happy about. But even more than both of those, there are a lot of things that I’m realizing are completely out of my control.
I first met the director/producer Hughes William Thompson a few months ago. My DP Adam Gundersheimer recommended I get in touch with him when I was struggling to keep the project moving forward. Once I watched his ingenious short, Horn, I realized this would be the best guy to talk to about pre-production on my first short. He joins me on the podcast today to discuss exactly what it takes to get your short idea off the ground and into production.
I hope you can learn a thing or two from our conversation, and that goes doubly for all my fellow first-time filmmakers out there.
You can find the Kickstarter for my short right here. Iif you were able to relate or got any good advice out of this episode I hope you'll consider backing it!
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