Reflecting on Filmmaking and why no one is working for me for free anymore.

I’m in need of some encouragement and so are other members of the A Hint of Cherry crew. I just want to reflect on the hardships.

Dance Dance Revolution: The Warrior’s Path was a pretty original experience. But really not one I ever want to repeat. Since it was so obscure we were able to get next to nothing fund-wise… I wasn’t able to get the staff or the awesome actors I really wanted (Not saying I didn’t luck the fuck out and get some cool ones anyway ).

The film was nothing more than guerrilla filmmaking at sadly it’s very finest. It’s a fun thing to do, but not for a Goddamn feature, shit. It was insane. But we made it through and I think we’re all better people from it.

Oh, and protip: When your director gives you a comment. Hell, if ANYONE gives you a compliment, don’t turn right around and insult him. Just sayin’.

I always want to try and put my actors and whoever is working for me in a position to succeed. Directors, if you’re just trying to create art and doing so at the cost of your cast and crew… you’re really fucking doing it wrong and need to find a new line of work. I personally make sure I get everyone I work with all the exposure they can, even if it means taking a back seat to your own work to promote them. This is what being an awesome filmmaker is all about. If you make them look good, you’ll look good for picking them up. This is why I still handpick my cast now, if I ask you, be honored because I’m about promote the fuck out of you.

Now that that’s all out of the way, it’s time for a list of sorts. Why is no one going to work for me for free… anymore.

1. You actors are fucking weird.

  • This isn’t really a problem
  • However…
  • Yeah, you’ll some weird fuckers. Talented but weird.
  • You all deserve it for the things I make you do and say, I know some of them aren’t easy.
  • All I really need you all to do is show up and say stuff, some money will guarantee that happens. I’m sorry, I don’t trust human beings. I like dogs.
  • Actors are weird.
2. Stress Level
  • Nothing is worse than making a film and realizing you have absolutely no one with a particular talent you need. This makes you have to pull these talents out of your ass and that’s not too great a feeling… ever. Fuck that shit.
3. Production Value
  • DDR had some pretty good production values actually. Though sometimes we had to go to great lengths in AWFUL ASS places (like Northwest Indiana, fuck that place.)
  • Filming at this apartment sucks. Lots of random variables. With some funds, we can get some places that are a little more… well, better. Yes. More better #grammar
So yeah, I think that’s a nice and entertaining breakdown of where I am film-wise. I hope you all enjoyed it.
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4 comments

  1. Well said. It is sooo hard to make a film and it is a nightmare with to do it with no money.

    the one thing it does do is give potential investors reason to believe you can pull it off. If you can do what you did with nothing, think of what you can do with money.

    – more money, more problems is true. But you get better food and real talented people. Stil no sleep though.

    1. I’ll sacrifice the no sleep for the good food anyday.

      I think with this film under my belt I shouldn’t be too hard to get something else going, but alas.

      Oh well, there’s still time.

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