I think one of the most valuable skills anyone can possess is the ability to ask for another’s critical eye, then turn that feedback into something that makes your project better. Another valuable skill is the ability to never give up, even when you know that you’ll probably never be completely finished with something. If you are a creative-type, then you know that nothing is ever truly completed–just abandoned. But abandoned isn’t the right word either… maybe allowed to let live in it’s perfectly imperfect form. It’s a balancing act of knowing when that time has come.
All that to say, once I think I’m close to being done with Electric Bleau, I learn that I’m not. You hear of some people cranking out scripts super fast, and while I think writing speed can be learned with time, that’s certainly not the boat I’m sitting in. I sometimes feel anxious to get the ball rolling and set dates in stone on when we will shoot this thing. But here is how it should, and will, play out: This month I aim to push out another draft based on the recent (and invaluable) feedback I’ve gotten. I’ll let it rest again in September, and during that time I’ll ask a few others I respect to give me notes. Before the end of the year I have four goals: 1. To find a music collaborator to help find the voice & soul of Bleau. 2. To find potential talent to attach to the project. 3. To find an investor/angel or two that might be interested in helping us make it (this also includes figuring out our budget). 4. To continue submitting the script for festival & competition recognition.
I also want to start work on another feature script that I’ve been sitting on for about a year. I plan to start on that next month, during the 1-month Electric Bleau breather. It’s a special story and a little less complicated (but certainly not less interesting). I will share that synopsis with you all soon!
Next year I will make a feature, but it won’t be until late summer/early fall. This will happen.
I’m really enjoying my new job with MotionMobs! It’s a challenging and rewarding role as the pioneer into the Atlanta market. It’s my responsibility to make MotionMobs a name people know, which will be a fun task since they do excellent work. You can read more on my thoughts about our expansion here. I also recently wrote about an app they created for Autism Avenue that helps those with problems communicating on a daily basis. It’s great to be a part of something that changes the lives of others for the better. My big writing assignment this week is to take a look at women in tech in the south. I’m especially looking forward to that, as I feel like the startup world is very similar to filmmaking in that regard. Plus, MotionMobs has a female President whom I admire as a leader. As a female who also leads in another world, I respect her ship.
This is a good time in life, and I’m appreciative for all that I have.