For most of my life, 20 or so years, I have always wanted to be involved in the film making process. Who knows why I am so intrigued by it? Not a day goes by where I am not thinking of a story, a shot, a script, a character, something that has to do with making movies. For the past 6-7 years I have been on this journey of pursuing acting professionally. Living in southern Utah, I recognized it's challenges, first and foremost, the challenge that there is simply just no market whatsoever here, sadly. I knew that travel and determination would have to be the key. I've been a part of some amazing productions, worked with talented and skilled professionals from around the country and have learned so much from them. I feel it's only a matter of time before I have to start putting those lessons I've learned to action and actually produce a film myself.
Going down the road less traveled, to me, doesn't mean a literal path to success, but that of the road less traveled in your mind. Going down those ways of thinking that challenge the status quo. It is status quo to go to school, obtain a degree and settle into something comfortable for the rest of your life until you can retire. This way of thinking was a road I did not want to embark on. I chose differently. It has not been easy. Going against the tide is hard work and many times filled with frustrations, sadness and loneliness. Success, itself, is a lonely road. That is why many who embark down it, start to see that is what it takes, some continue, others turn back or stop. I have come to realize that even if I continue to fail and fail and fail, I will exit this life with no regret that I never tried. Because I know that in those many fails, there will be so many unknown opportunities to the rewards of success.
Maven will be my first feature that I have written and directing. The story basically was written about a 1 and a half ago. For some reason, this character of a mid-age man, Maven, socially challenged kept coming into the forefront of my mind. Over time and infusing some real life experiences from yours truly, Maven was born. I have had an awesome time doing multiple read through's with other readers and writers. Using their suggestions and letting that collaborative energy do what it is best, creating.
Pre-Production is more important than production itself.
Being able to use southern Utah as the main place for filming has presented some lesser challenges due to the smaller community feel which is perfect for the story and the various locations we will be filming at. There are so many building blocks involved with making a film, I know there are some pieces I am missing but that is the joy in building something, you learn as you go. I love the independent film making spirit. You get to work at your own pace, find your own place and just make a movie. Making a movie is not rocket science as some [pretentious] people make it sound to be. Telling a story is the core of movie making, not the equipment, nor all the technical jargon. An audience goer could care less if something was shot on a RED compared to a SONY or even a Black Magic camera, that just simply isn't in the mind of the average movie goer, story is. Hopefully Maven can be a story that offers something to someone. It may not be for everyone, but then again, what is? I have found that if you try to cater to everyone, you will always end up short handed. If you can do your best to deliver something to someone. You will see what success looks like. Let's make a movie!