May 26, 2015 at 12:15AM, Edited May 26, 12:21AM

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That moment when your sitting on 3 great short film ideas...

Okay so I just finished up a short film called Doppelgänger and it's been very well received among my peers and it won the Chattanooga Film Festival for best short. It's been a real confidence booster for me as a filmmaker. I was so sure I wouldn't win any award for it, I slept through the awards ceremony at home and ending up missing my acceptance. Fail.

Now I'm on the fence about my next project. I have 3 ideas, all of which I want to do equally as much as the next but they are all very different genres. I have a comedy idea that everyone wants to get in on and shoot, were talking mass cooperation from all my friends. I have a sci-fi drama that I keep getting asked about as well. I am most excited because it would be a movie I'd pay 12 bucks to see in a theater if it were actually made. I am just thinking it may be too ambitious for me now. I've got a horror movie screenplay written out that is in my mind, and to my knowledge totally original (which doesn't happen much anymore.) I don't know how to make this decision so basically I've made zero progress on any ideas.

I'm floating on all these ideas and can't figure out how I should push forward with just one of them.

Oh! and here is a trailer for Doppelgänger if anyone was curious.

https://vimeo.com/127358969

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Hey mate.

I reckon just start writing. Divide time between each project each day and see what gains the most traction quickly and maybe push forward with that. Goodluck!

May 26, 2015 at 6:38AM, Edited May 26, 6:38AM

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Dean Butler
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Yeah that's a good idea! Worst case scenario I'll have 3 finished screenplays ready to shoot

May 26, 2015 at 6:52PM

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Graham Uhelski
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That'd be awesome! All the best :-)

May 27, 2015 at 3:34AM

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Dean Butler
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I'd say begin writing on the comedy and sci-fi. Begin with the comedy and then do the sci-fi after. Maybe slip the horror in the middle there but sci-fi last dude to the ambition of it. You want something with ambition to come out as good as possible and that sounds like it has he most of the three. Also, if you have peers who want to support the comedy, people have ever-changing lives and that support won't always be there. Take advantage of it.

May 27, 2015 at 1:14PM

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1) If it is 'in your mind' it is not written out yet. In that case write and see where it goes
2) if the scifi feels too ambitious now, you just made your choice easier: park this one and gain more experience first. Now you only have to choose between 2 projects. :-p

3) mass collaboration is always needed and a way to enlarge your team/group and see what combo's actually work. You say everybody is ready to come on board of your comedy: I'd say make the comedy, because from here it seems to be the lowest hanging fruit (people want to join, it will probably teach you a lot you can use in the horror and scifi, and you'll find out who you may want on your next project as well).

But in the end it is your call.
You can always roll dice, flip coins or draw straws to make a decision ;-)

May 28, 2015 at 5:37AM

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WalterBrokx
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nice post

May 28, 2015 at 7:51AM

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Anvesh
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Thanks everyone, my mind has been made up I'm going with the comedy. It's called "Bury" The vibe is well...Think Wes Anderson meets Coen brothers. Plot is a nonlinear narrative storyline about 2 business owners who have to get rid of a dead body. So comedy wins! It's summer, I'm feeling funnier than usual and I'm on a roll with the screenplay.

Here is a mock version of the first scene which we will reshoot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAk3SxyQbhs

Cheers everyone!

May 28, 2015 at 10:40PM

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Graham Uhelski
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Sometimes the best films combine those great ideas into one. Any way you can incorporate one or two into the other? Doppelgänger looks cool BTW

June 5, 2015 at 1:59PM

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Ken Horstmann
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Thanks I posted again with a link to watch the whole film!

June 16, 2015 at 12:27AM

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Graham Uhelski
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Doppelganger looks AWESOME. where can I find it? And what did you shoot that on? Camera and lenses?

Thanks man and good luck.

December 4, 2015 at 3:13PM

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Nathan Karimi
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and BTW. I know it's too late but I vote horror, totally original ideas can only be original for so long.

December 4, 2015 at 3:13PM

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