October 18, 2014 at 4:35PM


Are my visions too vast?

I'm currently writing a screenplay about a woman who leaves her ill-mannered husband with their young daughter to find her childhood love, called "Finding Tristan." So far, in terms of plot, she begins her journey from home in Boston, stops at a motel, ends up camping in an abandoned campsite, and ends up in her childhood home of New York City. What I want to know is this: for a first time filmmaker and student, are my vision to vast for a student to make?

Just so you know, I have the project on JuntoBoxFilms.com: http://juntoboxfilms.com/projects/finding-tristan


It's something that you will have to decide for yourself. Generally it's a better idea to start out with smaller projects that are easier to produce, then to jump right in with a full length feature. ( mistakes are much cheaper with small projects )

October 18, 2014 at 6:43PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Absolutely not! I think it sounds like an awesome idea! Perhaps instead of making it a feature, you could drop it down to 20-30 minutes. Long enough to tell a great story, but short enough to be within the realms of possibility. Later on in your career, you could remake the film as a feature! I'd love to see this story come alive. :)

Good luck and well wishes!

October 22, 2014 at 11:56AM

Christopher Brazil
Audio/Video Tech

To add what the other two have said already, I would like to say that there will be issues with cost of transporting equipment and people over such distances. Do you have to use those two cities? Is it possible to cheat and use one? Otherwise it is a viable project. You have no huge crowd scenes, geological disasters or Death Stars to worry about. My "work in progress" uses locations ten minutes walk from my house (I really need to talk to my doctor about this bladder problem)

...watch out that you don't make a dead grandmother film. You know, man returns to his home town to his recently deceased grandmother's house and spends an hour of screentime discussing his relationship with her. Who would want to watch that? Returns to seek revenge on the streetgang who robbed and killed her, then you are cooking on gas.

What I'm saying is, make sure that things happen, crisises, threats, problems to solve etc.

March 16, 2015 at 1:54PM

Julian Richards
Film Warlord

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