"I'm a dog chasing cars."
This is a fantastic writing exercise! Thank you!
I used to work for Apple as "CREATIVE." An extremely fun job that allowed me to teach a lot of what I had learned in film school. I spent everyday teaching people how to create on their Macs, iPhones, iPads and cameras. It felt good to show people that they had the power to create anything they wanted no matter their age and skill level.
I spent almost two years teaching software, photography and filmmaking. I was helping so many people reach their creative goals, but set mine aside in lieu of a weekly paycheck.
One day I called my mother and told her I wanted to make a movie.
She said, "How long is that going to take?"
"If I start writing a script tomorrow...probably two years to put it all together," I told her.
"What do you do need?" she asked.
"I need to quit my job and move back home." I said.
After a brief pause she said "do what you have to do to be happy, I love you and I'll see you later."
That same day I quit my job, cleared out my 401k and my savings so that I could survive while formulating my plan. My film school friend who is now my business partner and I started a production company called Gorilla Ocho Films: Films That Make You Go Ape-Sh!t.
After watching a number of kickstarter campaigns including Ryan Koo's for inspiration we decided to shoot some test footage and start our own campaign. We failed to hit our mark, BUT we did get exposure and people were interested in our idea, so we then tried an indieGoGo campaign. We promised our funders that NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY WE RAISED we would produce a full length R-rated superhero action comedy, about two young men who lose their porn-shop clerk jobs, and decide to become superheroes for hire when they accidentally save someone's life. Talk about niche, huh?
On May 29 2014 we set out to make a feature film with only $4,100 bucks, two cameras, a very small crew and limited resources. We had a tiny budget, BUT, hey, we had a budget so we forged ahead, and on November 28th (37 shooting days in between) we wrapped on our film. Was it hard? Yes. Did we have to sacrifice a lot? Yes. At any point did I feel lost while steering the ship? Yes, but I kept going. Making filmmaking my full time job has tested me in so many ways but I'm happy because I set out to shoot an entire feature film on a micro budget, and I, with my small team made it happen.
I'll be in post production for the next six months because I am editing the entire thing myself, but you can check out the teaser on our site which I'll add below.
If you want to do it then find a way to do it. I read some great responses above with awesome advice, but nothing happens if you don't take a step into the unknown first. You can prepare and over prepare, but your intuition will guide you and your self affirmation will be your strength. Know your goal, know your value as a creative individual and improve your skill-set everyday so when you finally venture out you can handle the pressure and blessing of being a full time filmmaker.
Best of luck! Go make a movie!
Here's the link to my teaser, the full extended trailer will be out later this month.
I love that we got a visual diagram showing us where and what exact light was placed to give a desired effect. Regardless of the video quality it's great to see someone set something up, and explain why he/she is doing it. I found this to be very informative.
Beautifully done and I appreciate that he explains his every decision. The use of FCPX was also something that really made the video more appealing to me.