After making films for a few years, I have come to one definite conclusion: my mission is to make Christopher J. Boghosian films.
As a film artist, my primary goal is to create from a genuinely personal place, internally driven, not externally. Though they play a role in this, I am not speaking primarily of emotion. Creating from a personal place can mean many things, such as trusting your instinct despite conventional wisdom. It can also mean abandoning the desire to entertain for the sake of formalistic exploration and experimentation.
Most importantly, creating from a personal place ultimately means the creator him or herself is the only critic that matters. Our art is a reflection of ourselves and the more truthfully we create, the more truthful our work becomes, something which only we can ultimately judge.
So I am striving to make Christopher J. Boghosian films, personal films that only I can make. This has been my revelation over the last couple years and the only way I can do it is by working hard, making more and more films as truthfully as possible.
Please check out this video by David Shiyang Liu, which uses typography to highlight Ira Glass’ words on this subject. It perfectly captures what I have come to learn and I hope you are inspired by it!
Thanks to my friend, Chuck Norton, for sharing this video with me and inspiring this post!