Fair warning, this is going to be one of those really personal (not that way!!!) blogs where the author just kind of spills a bunch of stuff about himself and youâ€™re not really sure why he felt the need to do so. There is no moral, there is no lesson, there is no victim, there is no fluffâ€¦ in shortâ€¦ its really not like any of my blogs at all. Read on at your own risk J
I am making a movie. I decided about two weeks ago to do it, and my goal is to get it into the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. No small task. Sundance is an objective for established producers, I of course, have never shot anything more advanced than my sons football gameâ€¦ and that film is, in a word, horrible.
Fortunately, I donâ€™t have to do the filming, I only have to do the interviewing (did I mention it was a documentaryâ€¦ you can all begin your naps now ), planning, script work, legal workâ€¦ wellâ€¦ okay, Iâ€™ve got a little work to do. However, I donâ€™t have to do the filming, because my brother has recently started a production company and he is going to do that part for me (well, at least 2/3â€™s of the movie and post production, heâ€™s not sure heâ€™ll be able to travel when the time comes).
But I digressâ€¦
This is, obviously, a big project, a big goal and reaching for the starsâ€¦ not the local ones either. However, from my perspective, the idea of me making a movie and having it screened anywhere requires metaphorical rockets, life support, re-entry vehicles etc. anyway, so, if Iâ€™m going to be using all that equipment, might as well go for the long haul, right?
Why do I think I can do this? Because it is not something I am doing for money, notoriety, fame or a future in film making. It is something I am doing because of a passion I have and a message I want to send.
Without going into too much detail at this time, the message is simply this, if you are a middle class (which particular portion of the middle class is irrelevant) kid (or upper class, of course) in the United States of America, you have been given a pretty decent shake, and you should appreciate what you have.
The amount of angst I see at my sons Jr High bothers me. Even those without angst seem to not really appreciate the opportunities being a non-destitute citizen of this country affords. For whatever reason, I have convinced myself that my concept might help them come to grips with this reality, and as such, it has become my calling.
I have almost completely abandoned poker, I spend my lunches and evenings doing research, I donâ€™t even know when the next Duke game is (gasp!!!!!). If you notice a perceptible drop off in the quality or quantity of my writing, this will be why.
I am dedicated to this task, and it will certainly consume most of the nest 8 or 9 months of my life.
Thatâ€™s it, over and out!