Welcome to 2015. The Earth is still round. The USA is still my home. Gravity still keeps us trapped on the surface of the only habitable rock in nearby space.
Stop that. What I’m saying is this; a new year has begun, but humanity remains the same.
Last time I posted I told ya’ll of my new goals for this year. I briefly mentioned something I dubbed “12 Months of Movies.” I’ll elaborate.
In this illustrious 2015 I shall complete a film every month. A “film” in this instance is anything motion captured that exceeds a minute in length and tells a story. Whether the story is true (or a version of truth, called a documentary), or fiction, animated (drawn, generated, stop-motion), or live action, silent or full of diegetic sound, filmed by me or another person, written by me or another person…it’s all an open field. When I say “I” in this instance I mean that I will be the driving factor behind the film, whether I produce, direct, write, edit or shoot it, I must be either the main reason or the partnering reason the film gets finished.
- I shall complete a film exceeding the length of 1 minute each month.
- The film can be any genre and any medium.
- I must be the driving force behind it’s completion.
- I must post it here, whether it succeeds or utterly fails. We learn more from our failures than our successes anyway.
You may be asking me why I am doing this. After all, I had a fairly successful year last year with 52 creative projects. Why trouble my life by seeking out a new way to suck my time and energy away?
There is a terrible burden in being an artist. It is this: does my work, my life, my soul and heart and time mean anything? Is this art actually worth anything?
I don’t know yet. I don’t know what kind of stories I should be telling. I know what kinds I like to see, but I don’t always make those kinds of stories real.
What I can tell you is that I shall make some comedies. I shall make some dramas. I will hopefully make an action film or two, since I enjoy those greatly. And I shall want, desire and ask for your feedback.
Tell me what works. Tell me what doesn’t. Give me your opinion. Even if it’s “I hated this movie a lot”, tell me. And when I ask you why, please be specific.
That’s the only way I’ll ever really know if it means anything.
Following that line, what story or genre or type of film would you like to see, if anything could be made? A vampire movie? An epic? A drama about a big family? An action movie?
Next time I post, it will be a film. Talk to you then.