it's 4am here and I am celebrating my insomnia with an update about what's been going on in the last 2 weeks and how it links to the title of this post.
Last January I wrote down my goals for 2018 and one of them was to make a short film. But not any short film. A short film with clear goals and creative constraints. A short film with why's.
- I wanted to make a short film to try out the creative vision I had for my feature film (Creative constraint #1 = I had to create a story that would take place in the same conceptual universe) and to show potential investors that there was an audience for the story I want to tell in my feature (Goal #1 = get it into festivals and find its audience online)
- I wanted to make a short film that would showcase my universe and skills as a director in 2018. ( Goal #2 = use this short as the first step to unlock directing opportunities)
- My producer and I wanted to use the short as an opportunity to work together and see if we would be a good fit for the feature as well as work with potential future key collaborators and see if they would be a good fit (Goal #3= "test drive" professional collaborations)
- Because it was produced in Turkey, it had to take place in Istanbul (so we could ask favors and benefit from my producer's contacts) and be shot in English (since I don't speak Turkish). (Creative constraints #2 = create a story that could be shot in English and in Turkey, and still showcase the universe of the feature)
All those goals might seem very obvious, especially the Goal #1 and yet, I can say now that Chloe and Everyone in Her Pocket was the first short film that I wrote and directed being so clear about the why's behind each decision.
Obviously it's way too early for me to say if Goal #1 will work out. I hope it will, and I can say that I've been doing everything in my power to make this short a story worth thinking about. Did I succeed? Will others feel the same way? Time will tell.
The good news though is that while working on Goal #1 I reached out Goal #2. Thanks to Chloe and Everyone in Her Pocket, I got to be interviewed to direct a web-series and... I got the job!
It's for the paid web channel of a French TV channel (cable web?).
It's 4 episodes of roughly 6 minutes. Shooting starts on November 12 (20 days from now!). I've been going back and forth to Paris every week for meetings and preps. It's been intense in a good way. It's the first time I'm directing a series and someone else's words and that's quite exciting!
So, I wanted to share with you the good news that's been keeping me busy as I was barely finishing Chloe and Everyone in Her Pocket but also share this realization I've been having in the last six months that all shorts are not equals.
If you're thinking of making a short film, I believe you should really ask yourself why you are making it, and whatever the answer, use this as your compass to help you make all the decisions you will need to make.
If you're making a short film to learn the ropes, your expectations and decisions should be different than if you're making a short film to get an agent, or experiment a narrative style, or make your first short. If you can be honest with yourself about your level of skills, ambition and expectations it will bring a lot of clarity to your next moves.
And I believe this to be true to any project actually.
At least that's the way it's been for me for all of my projects this past year.
So, that's that! Next month is going to be the most intense month of 2018 as I will have back to back: shooting the series, my first session of artist residency, the TEDx Talk.
I will do my best to update you from the trenches but what's sure is that I will have a lot to tell you once I reach the other side of this journey!
To be continued!