I’m healthy, of sound mind and financially stable. My wife fully supports what I do. I live in a free society with little restriction. And filmmaking technology is the most accessible it has ever been. So why is it so difficult to make a film?
I’ve come to the conclusion that the greatest challenge in making films has nothing to do with logistics, legalities, nor finances, rather, it has to do with execution. In other words, I can have a camera, a cast and crew, and millions of dollars, but if I don’t know what to do with them, I’m stuck. It’s like having an RV with a tank full of gas and a fridge full of food, but if I have no idea where to go, I’m stuck in park!
In most cases, the movie script is the road map; it tells the filmmaker where to go, and often, how to go. But what if one doesn’t want a detailed map with a set destination? What if one simply wants to hop in and drive as the old adage espouses, “Let the path be the destination.”
With Girlfriend 19 nearing completion, I’m considering my next move. And at this time, I don’t want to write another script, so now what? Like the RV, I’m eager to hop in and drive, allowing the road, weather and signs to guide me, perhaps meeting a few folks on the way who will sway me in one direction or another.
So, how do I allow the path to be the destination with a camera? Unfortunately, I can not simply hop into a camera and drive off as I would with an RV. Or can I?