Part of making a movie involves finding the right people with whom to collaborate. That means getting out of my happy writing/editing bay and meeting people. For an introvert like me, that’s work.
Last weekend I went to Film Independent’s Filmmaker’s forum. I met tons of great people and learned a lot. I learned so much that I actually had to sit outside and breathe fresh (fresh for L.A.) air and let the warm afternoon sun reenergize me. I felt like WALL-E recharging.
The following Monday saw me at the Filmcourage Interactive at the Downtown Independent theater in actual downtown Los Angeles. And, I got to meet and hang out with some more great folks.
Finally, Friday brought me to DIYDAYS at UCLA and, yep, you guessed it, more great people.
All of that while finishing up draft 20 of A GROWING CITY (I’m aiming at having it finished by the end of this week (Here’s to hoping and a whole lot of hard work!)).
I’m really amazed by how approachable all the people I meet in the indie film community are. I’ve read quite a few horror stories about how bad the filmmaking business is. There’s even a book about just that called “Breakfast with Sharks.” Maybe that’s just the case in the studio system, maybe not. Maybe I’m just lucky.
In either case, it’s been a pleasure and I look forward to meeting more of you as my journey of filmmaking continues.