I just started working on a short film that I've wanted to make for about the last 15 years of my life. It's a post apocalyptic samurai movie; sort of Road Warrior meets Yojimbo. No matter what I was doing, it's always been there, like a worm in my brain, chewing and squirming around for over a decade. I'm finally going to get in there with my fingers, dig it out, and share it with the world.
I'm making a 10 minute short film first, and if it's successful a feature length will follow. After typing that it seems like I should put the "if" in bold capital letters, in a 50 point typeface. That's a pretty big if. I digress. I'm submitting the short film to the Guam International Film Festival for starters. The deadline for submissions is July 1st, so I've got to work fast. I'm taking the first 2 weeks of June for production, and the the last 2 weeks for post-production. I'm officially in pre-production. "What does that mean?" That means I'm pulling all of the elements together. I've got to draw hundreds of storyboards, get props, make costumes, choreograph a sword fight, make about 20 gallons of fake blood, find a way to hang people without actually injuring them, and find a beautiful island woman willing to take her top off on camera. And I need to do all of this before June 2nd.
I'm not a rich man. Making movies costs a shit ton of money. The only more expensive art form than filmmaking is architecture. So in terms of architecture, how do you make an interesting building for less than $2,000? I mean, that's maybe a tool shed at best. No one would pay money to see a Tuff Shed. "Hey man, give me $8 and you can check out where I keep my lawnmower." Please. But what if it's a tool shed on a tropical island next to a cascading waterfall, smeared in blood, with naked women inside? Now that's something someone might pay money to see. That's the posture I'll be taking with my films until the day I start using other people's money to make them.