You are the very definition of a success. You've made something - well actually 2! So belated congratulations. That's something a lot of people dream about, but most never achieve. And you've achieved it twice! As I was taught by my good friend Marc Zicree, most people fail for one simple reason - they simply give up. And as I get older I see that's so true. But if it's in your very blood, giving up simply isn't an option. And I'm glad your friend is close to getting their feature produced.To tell stories that I think/hope are interesting, and will make people think - but without beating them over the head with morality or lectures.
I spent decades doing a job just to make a living, and now I like to tell stories. That's why I produced 2 features that I also wrote.
My focus currently is on the writing end - both stories of my own and helping other people tell theirs. One guy I've been working with for several years is getting close to having his first feature produced and I'll be absolutely thrilled if that happens.
You're absolutely right, the answer is to finish what you started. Doesn't matter if it takes you 10 years, just eventually get it finished. Not having the luxury of someone else paying for your film's production (like a regular Hollywood or major-indie film) means most of us have to finish our films in-between the distractions of 'life.' You know, like having to work, raise a family etc. So it does take years. But it doesn't matter as long as you're moving forward with it. In life the only one we're racing against is father time (or mother time). You get the idea.I haven't done much in the last few years but i'm trying to turn that around and be productive.
Get my life back on track.
I think that with more practice this is something I could be good at.
At this point I've committed so much to it that I need to at least write a couple features and see if they're any good.
Or at least put all of my knowledge into a single film.
Like my last film was all handheld.. did not do a single fancy shot in it. wrote it 5 years ago lol might release it this year.
i suppose the answer is to finish what i started
BTW have you links to your films, or their trailers? Love to see them.
Just watched both trailers. They look like solid movies, beautifully shot and performed.Thanks @Blaney !
The first one was Surviving Family.
The trailer is Surviving Family trailer
The movie itself is on Amazon Prime: Surviving Family movie and on Tubi Surviving Family on Tubi
The second one was DETOURS
Trailer is here: DETOURS trailer
Amazon Prime: DETOURS Amazon Prime
Tubi: DETOURS on Tubi
DETOURS is also on a few smaller free streamers like BlumeTV and Filmzie, and both movies are available on Vimeo on Demand.
mlesemann, I started watching Detours (I haven't been able to finish it yet with all the interruptions), and you had me laughing my once-fine-bony-white-ass off at "My husband likes dicks!"
I agree 100% about the family aspect - it's something I've only ever felt when shooting a film.I love the set and the sense of family that emerges on it -- for a short while. What a unique industry.
I really want to know as much about everything I can (my hero is Kubrick).