After years of starting and stopping on various projects, I was starting to think the day would never come. I had written and shot some very lowbrow (and low budget) comedy sketches with friends a few years ago, but nothing ever happened with the tapes. Probably for the best. I’ve written a feature length screenplay, some concepts for animated series, and started a few other projects that never made it past the first act.
While my concepts were strong I came to realize that you can't get very far as an “idea guy” alone. You have to roll up your sleeves and shoot something, then roll them up even more and edit what you shot. By the end of the day you’re bare armed up to your shoulders, but if everything lines up you may have something decent to show for yourself. My first documentary was screened at the Wakefield International Film Festival!
Having completed my short doc in December, I had moved on from the project faster than I had expected to. I hadn’t reviewed my film in over a month. Seeing it again, this time with an audience and on a big screen was an amazing experience. The crowd applauded and the reviews were positive. I can officially say that I am a filmmaker whose work has been screened at an international film festival.
I was on a high. My fiancée rolled here eyes, amazed yet again at the power of my own ego, and I was brought back down to earth and reminded yet again that the important part is doing the work. The rest will come.
Until then check out my first short, Karen Bailey: A Portrait.