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Friday, December 30, 2011

Born Good: "Wow, this REALLY is an indie film"

I got these words texted to me in ATX from my NY producer over the weekend. I actually laughed out loud, because of the honesty (I love you, Sabrina!). I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that she's already gotten our trailer into a 6-plex movie theater in Virginia Beach, with a standing poster, and she hasn't read the script, yet. Or something to do with the fact that the shooting date is still TBD, because of our crazy schedules. Or the fact that we are having to recast our leading male at the last minute, in the middle of pre-production, because he's no longer available. Sigh.

The joy of indie filmmaking is that you get to be the creator of your invention. You get to be the one who decides what kind of icing goes on the cake. But you're also the baker. You have to go get all the ingredients, and decide whether paying for organic is important or not.

In other words, it's A LOT of work for few people to endure. Whereas, on a large set, there's someone assigned to every job. But that's why we do it, right? We do it for the challenge, the art, and the gratification at the end... the moment when we finally sit back and say, "I had something significant to do with creating that."

But for now, it's time to put on the apron and get dirty. Because this really is an indie film. ;)

Thank God for technological advances and people who still believe in working for more than money.

Love, J


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