Making a movie is hard. Making a micro-budget movie is even harder.
Myriad elements must come together to make a movie work, and, like the world, money can sure make a movie go around. So, with little money, a filmmaker simply needs to be realistic with his/her expectations.
I’ve been immensely fortunate with my cast and crew on Girlfriend 19. From my actors to my editors, everyone has done as much as they possibly could. And the truth is that they could have done more if I could have afforded to pay them more. This is a simple reality I’m coming to grips with. In our society money = time, and time often means more focus and energy. With more focus and energy, people often do optimal work. I’m sure my actors would have benefited from multiple paid rehearsals to prepare more thoroughly. And, no doubt, my editors would have loved to be paid enough to quit their “day jobs” so they could focus solely on Girlfriend 19. But because I did not have the budget, we could not afford to do these things.
This is the reality I’ve come to grips with while working on Girlfriend 19. Unfortunately, people often confuse such realism with negativity, assuming that I now expect less. That’s a shame, because the lessons in reality that I am learning are actually making me more optimistic. In other words, rather than have unrealistic expectations, which often lead to disappointment and resentment (negativity), I keep my sights grounded in reality, which leads to a higher level of appreciation and contentment.
Girlfriend 19 is taking a lot longer to finish than I originally expected, but I’ve come to grips with this reality and am now patiently awaiting its completion…