Filmmaking in the Dark Unknown

2 Mar

While speeding along a bridge in my Mustang late last night, a question flashed through my mind: why am I driving 70 m.p.h. under these conditions without an ounce of doubt?  Not only was the route unfamiliar, but also my visibility was reduced since my headlights beamed straight ahead on the curvilinear bridge.

A lover of analogies (especially road analogies), I couldn’t help but compare driving on the bridge with filmmaking.  Can I make films in the same way I was driving?  No doubt, racing along a bridge at night is risky, but I do it anyway, without a second thought.  However, when it comes to making a film, I worry from start to finish.  I hesitate, doubt, and fear.  Why?  What’s the difference?

Hopefully some day soon I will make films the way I drive my car – full speed ahead, even in the dark unknown.


2 Responses to “Filmmaking in the Dark Unknown”

  1. Chuck Norton March 11, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Chris, dude – you’re a great driver (if not scary sometimes). I still tentatively try you’re ‘gutterballing’ technique when driving in downtown LA.

    You SHOULD direct like you drive: crazy as hell but alway fun to ride with.

    • Christopher March 11, 2011 at 11:33 am #

      Thanks, Chuck!!! Totally, huh? We gotta live this way, in general, I think….

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