4 July 2013

DYS- Day #3: There's always something that is a little more demanding...

For the third installment of Dys- Day, I'll be answering V-Man's question: "I know filmaking and the filmaking process is your passion but are there parts of the filmaking process that you like or dislike more than the others?" 

This is a tricky question to answer and, even if I love every aspect of filmmaking, I must admit that I do find the whole producing/financing aspect to be draining and time-consuming. And I absolutely HATE negotiating. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love producing, but constantly having to switch “hats” between thinking like a producer (business) and like a director (creative) can become quite overwhelming.  On the flip side, producing is also great because that when you’re actively planning your film and setting things in motion to get started shooting. I did produce a few of my friends’ projects and it’s always easier (and more fun!) to produce when you’re not the  filmmaker as well.

I’m someone who is crazy organized and I actually love scheduling, planning, problem-solving, etc. But, my creative side is the complete opposite: a post-apocalyptic, chaotic wasteland! On Dys-, I was super lucky to have an awesome production team that really helped relieve some of the burden and allowed me to put all my energy and focus on the creative side of things.

I wouldn’t say that I’m a control freak, but I always find it really hard to let go of this role, even if I have a love/hate relationship with it. I’ve had a few experiences in the past when someone else was supposed to take on the producer role, only to drop out or only do half of what they signed up for. In all those cases, I had to step in at the last second and fix everything which meant that this is where all my energy went instead of being focused on directing and it ended up hurting the shorts. Because of this, I’ve always been wary about relying entirely on someone else to produce. I kept repeating the following motto: “If you want something done well and done your way, do it yourself.”

However, I am hopeful and I’m ready to keep my mind open for the future.  My 100% positive experience on Dys- taught me to trust other people and it helped me grow as a filmmaker. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to completely let go of the business and logistics side of filmmaking, but I’m definitely hoping that one day I’ll find a like-minded producer to work with and who can help me push my own limits as a filmmaker. 

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