Monday, 10.4.04: Moviemaking, really?
There are three filmmakers now that I have my eye on. They were successful in making no-budget/low-budget movies.
It is helpful to know that you can produce an interesting movie without a crew of thousands and a bazillion dollars. But I'm not forgetting
The irony: the more I learn about low-budget filmmaking, the more I wonder if I can really go the distance in anything but tiny little projects for not-for-profits. Since we worked like crazy on two of those this summer, I now have the luxury of some spare time to really dig into my own indie project. On one level I'm inspired to go for it, spend 6 months to a year and emerge with my own true original. On the other hand, just having that opportunity makes me wonder if I have what it takes. "Cold feet" is fightin' words for me, especially for a project that's at the stage of requiring brain power and reclusiveness. I go back to the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald:
You know that success is improbable, but you work like hell to defy the odds. (Oh! Lightbulb Moment! That's what my story is about: defying the odds and losing. Hmmm... I now have to keep losing and winning in my mind at the same time. I will probably be referring frequently to the Scott Fitzgerald challenge in the days to come.)
El Mariachi (1992)
Buffalo 66 (1998)
Brown Bunny (2003)
American Movie (1999)