First week of break has already come to an end!
With that being said, I was able to dedicate this entire week towards one thing: original work. Without the constant worry regarding schoolwork and actual work, I was able to completely focus my attention towards my documentary, brainstorming and planning for my pre-production phase. As I continue to make progress with my original work, the more invested and excited I am to present this. This process has truly revealed a passion for film within myself – I see myself constantly (and unconsciously) setting aside every free thought I have towards the creation of this documentary.
However, this journey has definitely proven itself to have its fair share of difficulties.. Before ISM, my experiences were limited to videography, which does indeed tell a story; however, the story is told by the video itself. In contrast, with this documentary, I have had to fabricate the entire story, creating content, plot, character development, etc. I think this original work showed me for the first time how hard it is to create something new. This documentary has taught me the (very) fine line between inspiration and plagiarism, which is seemingly less conspicuous than you would think. In a world that constantly recycles ideas and concepts, being original can be quite rare. But rarity is what blooms into greatness.
This past week, I was able to interview Mr. Justin Muller, a renowned Dallas filmmaker and president of Muller Entertainment. We discussed his previous work experiences related to film as well as my original work. Mr. Muller seemed to understand the exact vision I have cultivated throughout the preparation and pre-production phase of my documentary. With his help, I was able to finalize the question that I ask my interviewees in my documentary: “What makes you happy?” With this set, I was able to move onto discussing plans for lighting and audio. Offering me a light kit as well as a studio to film in for my documentary, many of my problems and obstacles were easily overcome; however, after much thought, I began to re-evaluate. It seemed almost as if using these resources meant that I was taking the easy route. I will have been spoon-fed everything, not taking the time to learn and invent new alternatives to the already established ways of Hollywood. Then, I realized that there is a certain beauty that is found in youth. Our naivety allows us to be myopic and rather ignorant to the conventional way; however, this deviance creates something more beautiful, something original.
Christmas (PC: Winter Season) is upon us.
With this, the search for the perfect location to film my original work has come to its end (finally!). Ironically, location scouting for the “perfect” place, with the visual appeal I am looking for (which was specifically brick or cement), the availability and willingness to allow me to film at, and a lack of noise or distractions for audio quality has led me to search restaurants, public buildings, apartments, and even model homes.
However, while walking in the school during passing periods, it hit me: school. It all made sense. Brick wall: check. Permission to film: check. Lack of outside noise: on a weekend, check. This was “perfect”.
It was almost disappointing (and quite the comic relief) that I had not considered school in the first place – nevertheless I had gotten rid of the biggest hindrance in the progression of my original work. With this taken care of, I can now set a date for the production, gather interviewees, prepare equipment, etc, in order to complete this documentary.
While I have climbed over a significant hill, there are still mountains to get through, such as interviewee searches, lighting, audio, post production, etc. Despite all of this, I still look forward to continuing my journey in the creation of my very first documentary.
This week marks the 2nd to last week until the commencement of Christmas Break (or Winter Break to be PC). Not only does this mean holiday galore – including hot chocolate, gift giving, and prayers for snow – but this also means DEADLINE.
Initially, I had been presented the original work project and several months to plan, prepare, and produce. However, with a combination of my simple disillusionment and lack of available motivation to prioritize, I have realized a need for adjustments. Of course, 1st semester Gina was as ambitious as she was and declared that a documentary was manageable as an original work. However, gradually transitioning towards 2nd semester Gina, she had been hit with a reality check.
As a short documentary takes months to plan for professionals, I have realized the slight overzealousness I had towards my own abilities. Rather than a complete, high scale documentary, I will have to narrow the size of the entire production, decreasing technical quality as a priority, but maintaining the underlying message or story I wish to tell. While the search for a mentor is still in progress, I have full confidence (could this be 1st semester Gina again?) in my abilities to create this documentary and be proud of the end result.