Film Log #10: How to Stay on Track When It Gets Tough
How to Stay on Track When It’s Get Tough
An interesting stuff is happening with the vlog: I’ve started receiving polarised emails. There’s a group of people that thinks that what I do (sharing as I discover it the process of making a first indie film) is inspiring and useful, and another one that thinks that I’m doing it all wrong, that my stuff are alienating and really, who cares about it. (answer: not them)
Both types of emails affect me, and I don’t think this will ever change. I can see how easy it is to get lost in the negative vibes. For some reasons, negativity naturally has more acid and creates more damage, so it takes actual work to learn how to handle it, take what might be useful from it and stay on track.
Episode 10 is about adding a key member to the team to make In Five Years, that has now reached the fabulous number of three people. (woot!)
This member is Gizem Evcin and she has officially entered as a Creative Producer. Gizem has produced all my short films, and we’ve co-written a pilot for a mini-series a few years ago, so we know each other and we know how to work and talk to each other.
For In Five Years, she has been helping me out since day but neither her nor I never really thought of having her involved as a Creative Producer. It hit me that I really should have her on board and officially so during the latest rewrite to make the deadline for Torino, when she spontaneously and very professionally spent hours driving me and having my back while I was trying to find my way through massive changes in the story.
The journey trying to connect point A (what you want to say through your story) and point Z (what you’re actually saying) is a fascinating one, but it is so easy to get lost. And that’s what I talk about in this week’s vlog. How not to get lost.
And since I’ve shared the vlog, I’ve realised there is an interesting parallel to make about the people who don’t want you to succeed.
I think every creative has this weird group of humans that stick around, watch, but watch for all the wrong reasons; because they want you to fail. They have their reasons, that are often not at all about you but about them not succeeding and thus wanting no-one around themselves to succeed as well, but it is a very real that still affects you.
They are not haters per se, they just like to make sure you know you’re not good enough for them to support you.
So, getting lost in the story and getting lost in negativity are two ways of losing a lot of time, energy and possibly even putting a stop to your motion.
I witnessed a scene a few days ago that inspired me to shoot this episode of the Film Log, and to help visualise how you can make sure you never forget where you’re heading, and why you’re doing what you’re doing.
And it is right below:
check the archives for a taste of it.