What am I chattering about? A few months ago I envisioned a short film based on the mascot of our VBS this year - Spy Guy. The basic idea was that instead of just having somebody in sunglasses stand up front and talk about the event, we could show a movie that detailed his adventures getting there. Then we could use the movie on Facebook to advertise the VBS.
Disclaimer: The following is a dramatization of a very amateur production.
|Spy Guy and The Agents|
I pitched the idea to the VBS program manager and got permission to proceed. (That's the word they use in the film industry when you have a story but somebody else need to give the go ahead for some part of the project.) I wrote the script and got the man who plays Spy Guy to agree it was a good story and he was on board. Then I started pitching to "producers" in the church. I found one and we started putting together a shooting schedule, did location scouting, casting, props, the whole 9 yards. On the first day of shooting I was surprised to find myself directing. What did I know about directing? Nothing - except calling, "Action!" And that I needed to get a new chair.
Didn't matter. We had a blast. Most of us, anyway. Today's quote came from the set when one of the younger actors couldn't believe he gave up a Saturday "FOR THIS?" Got some very good footage though. I learned a lot about how to transfer the page to the screen. It really impacted my writing perspective and I expect the rewrite I'm embarking on now will be much, much better for the experience.
So where are we in the project? The filming is done and edited into a wonderful silent film. Now we are just waiting for the soundtrack. Did I tell you that in addition to dreaming of being an A-List writer, I also pretend to be a musician?